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Vision

“In every deliberation we must consider the impact on the seventh generation"

- Iroquois Nation, Great Law of Peace
Iroquois Valley Farmland REIT has adopted corporate ownership as the most generationally focused, indefinitely scalable and democratically governed structure suitable to its vision of permanently impacting sustainable agriculture.

Embodied in this vision are the following seven guiding principles:

Enable the next generation of young farmers to positively impact world health.

Farm with healthy, humane and organic practices.

Without GMOs, toxic pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, synthetic fertilizers or other harmful chemicals.

Keep the farmers on the land.

By indefinitely renewing their leases and preferentially selling to the farm tenant. Members trade “stock,” not land.

Grow a broad-based membership.

Reaching thousands of like-minded investors concerned about the health of people, the planet, and financial stability.

Maintain a fairly valued, democratically governed enterprise.

Enabling both members and farmers to enjoy a stable and profitable return on their farming investment.

Transition traditional investment capital.

Protect farmland.

From conventional trading and extractive practices to renewable and regenerative uses.

Events

Farm Field Trip

During the last week of May, a handful of Iroquois Valley staff members visited a few of the farms and families that have been a part of our story since the beginning. The field trip was a great opportunity for our newer and more remote staff to have a hands-on orientation and see the transformation happening in the Chicago-area foodshed.

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News

Organic farmers to harvest record acres in 2019

Organic agriculture is growing – in 2019, 8.3 million acres were planted and certified organic in the US. This equates to 18,155 organic farms and a 3% jump from 2018.

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What We're Reading

Is Organic Farming Risky?

The National Center for Appropriate Technology recently released a report evaluating risk in organic agriculture based on five years of research. "I'm able to report that we found no strong evidence that organic farms are any riskier than non-organic ones, and at least some evidence to the contrary".

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