OUR STORY

VILICUS FARMS | HILL COUNTY, MT

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.”

Robert Frost

Company History

In 2007, two former college roommates from Loyola University Chicago reunited to offer a solution to conventional agriculture’s ecological and economic degradation and its impacts on public health. Looking for a more sustainable answer to a broken food system and extractive economic policies, a doctor and an investment banker formed Iroquois Valley to begin the healing process for the next generation of farmers and responsible investors. Combining respective careers in real estate finance/banking and medicine, Mr. Miller and Dr. Rivard are proving that growing healthy food is good business.

“Our goal is to convert enough farmland to organic to literally change the paradigm of our healthcare system by offering organic food as a matter of fact rather than a choice.”

Dr. Stephen Rivard, Co-Founder & Board Co-Chair

Iroquois Valley began operations in Iroquois County, Illinois providing secure land access to organic farmers according to triple bottom line principles. The Company is committed to scaling organic agriculture in the US by getting more organic farmers on the land, funded by socially responsible investors. Iroquois Valley has built a portfolio of nearly 100 farmland investments, impacting over 28,000 acres across 16 states. 

“We built our business to support the businesses of our farmers.”

David Miller, Co-Founder & Board Co-Chair

Iroquois Valley is governed by a Board of Directors who are elected by shareholders. The Board of Directors guides Iroquois Valley’s financial and policy decisions. Meet our Board of Directors.

Iroquois Valley operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). The company structure was approved through shareholder voting and took effect on December 31, 2016. Previously, Iroquois Valley operated as an LLC. The Company believes the REIT structure optimizes the long-term growth potential and plans of the business.

Events

Iroquois Valley presented at the 2021 Regenerative Food Systems Investment Forum

October 8, 2021
The 2021 Regenerative Food Systems Investment (RFSI) Forum was held September 28-29 in Oakland, CA, and we were honored to have two of our staff members present at the conference. The RFSI Forum catalyzes conversation, advances education, and drives increased investment in regenerative agriculture and food, and attendees include global stakeholders that are committed to transforming our food system.

News

Iroquois Valley recognized as 2021 Best for the World B Corp

August 18, 2021
Iroquois Valley Farmland REIT, PBC is proud to announce our recognition as a Best for the World B Corp: Governance for 2021. This award honors Iroquois Valley for our exemplary governance and commitment to long-term stakeholder-minded business practices.

What We're Reading

Iroquois Valley joins Will County, IL farm alliance to improve soil health, water quality and local economies

August 20, 2021
We need a regional agricultural food, nutrition and conservation business plan that incentivizes farmers to continue producing economic, environmental and social benefits for another 100 years.  

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