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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. Steven Rivard, Co-Founder & Board 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 invested in 50+ farms in 14 states comprising nearly 10,000 acres.

"We built our business to support the businesses of our farmers."

David Miller, Co-Founder & CEO

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

Calling all transitioning & organic farmers: Share your experience in two surveys

The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) and Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) are collaborating with the Social and Economic Sciences Research Center (SESRC) to identify the research priorities of certified organic producers, as well as producers transitioning land to certified organic production.

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News

Our Public Benefit Report

Iroquois Valley is proud to release its first public benefit report. We incorporated our company as a public benefit corporation in 2016 to build into our structure our intent to create public benefit. We intend to create public benefit by enabling healthy food production, restoring soil, and improving water quality through the establishment of secure […]

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What We're Reading

Flour Shortage? Amber Waves of Regional Grains to the Rescue

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic has been highly visible in the food system. Amy Halloran writes on the grain economy in her latest for Civil Eats, highlighting the role of small and regional mills in supplying flour during this crisis.

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