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2022 Holiday Gift Guide

Iroquois Valley is excited to share our annual gift guide featuring products grown by the farmers we partner with. 2022 has been a year of gratitude and community, and we hope that you have been able to appreciate local organic food, flourishing landscapes, and meaningful relationships with your communities throughout the year. This year’s gift guide is illustrated by Chicago-based artist, Hannah Bess Ross, who is an illustrator and writer that specializes in all things whimsy. Check out her website here and scroll below for products available across the country as well as products available in certain regions. The Iroquois Valley team and our partners wish you all the joys of this Holiday Season!

NATIONALLY AVAILABLE PRODUCTS

Central Grazing (KS): Ships delicious, humanely raised grass-fed lamb directly to your doorstep across all lower 48 states. Order your Holiday Lamb Box now to get a discount code for a second one 50% off that can be sent to the recipient of your choosing! Share in a growing movement of conscious consumers who are loving their high-quality, sustainably produced meat subscription service. Enjoy your lamb meat knowing that Central Grazing cares about animals, our planet, and improving the livelihoods of farmers in the Heartland. 

Doudlah Farms (WI): Over twenty varieties of organic artisan products including beans, flours, honey, and sunflower seeds. Check out the farm’s story and their products here.

Evergreen Ranching (SD): Audubon-Certified ranch that produces meats, jerky, and raw dog food / dog treats. If you are looking for something for yourself or your furry friend, shop their online store here. Items are also available for pick-up in Rapid City, SD and Sturgis, SD.

Janie’s Mill (IL): Janie’s Mill organic-milled products and grains include specialty flours, bran, and whole wheat berries. Visit their online store here. Make sure to check out their recipes for baking with heirloom grains.

Locavore Farm (IL): Purchase a ticket for one of Locavore Farm’s signature Dine on the Land experiences, featuring a walking tour of the farm, a multi-course farm-fresh feast, and live music. Gift cards are also available, and check out their website here for additional experiences and farm stays.

Meadowlark Organics (WI): Organically grown grains, available as flour, rolled, and whole berries, as well as heirloom dry beans. Visit their online store here.

Mint Creek Farm (IL): Year-round CSA shares, eggs, poultry, meat, & honey raised on organic prairie pastures. Holiday meat cuts include lamb (rack of lamb, lamb shanks, lamb chops, and lamb loin roast), beef (steak bundle, beef loin roast, brisket, tri-tip/sirloin-tip roast, ribeye, NY strip, filet, and summer sausage), and pork and boar (ham roast, pork shoulder, sausage, Italian sausage bundle, and boar loin chops). Visit their online store here, and make sure to use promo code: IQVF-HOLIDAY. Products are available for home delivery or local pick-up.

Prairie Fruits Farm (IL): Goat cheese and dairy products, including gift boxes. Visit their online store here. Goats are raised in a silvopasture system that incorporates fruit trees and bushes that also flavor some of the products. Note: some products only available for pick-up at their farmstand.

Prairie Grass Ranch (MT): Grass-fed beef raised under the big sky in Montana. Their cattle “graze on nutrient dense native prairie grasses and forage dense regenerative organic rotations along the northern slopes of the Bear Paw Mountains.” Order online at Regen Market. Prairie Grass Ranch is also launching a new start-up company called Gruff, which will be marketing ancient grain grits made from Emmer (also known as Farro). This whole grain is well adapted to dryland farming practices. Gruff grits are regenerative organic certified/source verified and will be available in January 2023. Contact www.gruffgrains.com to be among the first to try this new product!

Singing Pastures (ME): Charcuterie and roam sticks made from heritage pork raised on organic pastures. Visit their online store here.

Tulip Tree Gardens (IL): Wellness and CBD products (hemp grown using regenerative and organic practices) available here. Farmstand products, such as eggs, honey, coffee, and meats are also for sale via the online farmstand (local pick-up only).

Vilicus Farms (MT): Purchase a share to support the land stewardship work across the 12,508 acres of Vilicus Farms through their Community Supported Stewardship Agriculture (CSSA). Timeless Seeds (shipping available) and Glacier Distilling (local stores only, check it out if you find yourself skiing in MT this winter!) also sell products grown by our partners at Vilicus Farms. 

Waterfall Unity Alliance (NY): Iroquois Valley collaborated with the Waterfall Unity Alliance and Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) leaders from Akwesasne on a landback project offering customized mortgage financing for a farm last month. This farm is located in the Schoharie Valley of Central New York where the remains of an old Mohawk village sit on what is now a 60-acre working berry farm. Please learn more and donate to their Go Fund Me campaign through this link to help support a new Kanien’kehá:ka community that will transition the farm back to organic and regenerative practices. The next steps are to renovate the farmhouse, get things ready for next planting season, work on a traditional Longhouse structure, and develop a language immersion and original life ways program at the berry farm. Niawen for your support.

LOCALS-ONLY PRODUCTS

Chehalis Valley Farm (WA): Pasture-raised poultry and forest-raised pork that is sustainably and ethically grown in the Chehalis River Valley outside of Elma, WA. Find it at local farmer’s markets in Olympia and Proctor or order through South Sound Fresh. The meats can also be ordered directly through their online store for pick-up at the farm or a farmer’s market.

Creambrook Farm (VA): Ben and Kristen Beichler of Creambrook Farm in Middlebrook, VA produce wholesome, lab-tested raw milk from pastured Jersey cows. Their farm is accepting more local raw milk herd share members at the following locations

Harvest Table Foods (IL): The Gray family is proud to offer ethically farmed and pastured-raised whole turkeys and additional meats from their organic farm in Central Illinois. Check out their website here, and place orders via email (stephengray311@yahoo.com), text, or phone call (Stephen at (815) 644-0470).

Norwich Farm Creamery (VT): Dairy products sourced from an award-winning herd of grass-fed Jersey cows. The on-site farm store is self-serve and open 24/7. In addition to The Creamery’s products, eggs, pork, beef, cheese, and more are available. Check out the website for directions and more information here. In addition to their locally available products and farm store, contributions through Norwich Farm Creamery’s Donate page and Go Fund Me will support the funds the farm needs for short-term expenses like mortgage payments, utilities, insurance, upkeep, and repairs, as well as long-term costs like grant matching funds, equipment purchases, and establishing reserves. These contributions will support their operating principles of Local Food Security, Affordable Farmer HousingWorking LandscapeRegenerative Agriculture, and Agricultural Education.

The Little Farm By the Sea (WA): Pasture-raised pork and lamb raised on the Olympic Peninsula in a silvopasture system that incorporates grasses, forage, and trees. Visit their online store here. Free delivery to the Western Washington area.

The Pasturage (MI): Animal Welfare Approved and Certified Grassfed lamb available now: ground lamb, loin chop, rib chop, rack of lamb, leg of lamb (bone-in and boneless), shoulder roast (bone-in and boneless), neck roast, sirloin roast, shanks (whole or osso bucco), sirloin steak, leg steak, shoulder steak, lamb bones, heart, liver, kidneys, tongue and amazing array of sausages that rival pork (bratwurst, kielbasa, Italian and more coming soon). Heritage pork cuts available now: bacon, fat back, smoked ham & hocks, sausage: (breakfast, bratwurst, Italian, German style Kielbasa, Chorizo, Polish, Jalapeno bratwurst, andouille), leaf fat, loin roast, pork chops, shoulder roast and butt, organs & neck bones, pork steak, and raw dog treats such as ears, snout, feet, fresh hocks.

Email thepasturage@gmail.com to order lamb or pork. Pick-up at the Muskegon Farmers Market or at the farm. Local delivery may be available – email to inquire.

SUPPORT IROQUOIS VALLEY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

Iroquois Valley is proud to partner with farmers raising good food across the country. We believe that land security enables land stewardship – our work supports farmers and their businesses. Investing with Iroquois Valley allows us to grow and partner with more farmers raising food in ways that enliven our soils, ecosystems, and communities. Learn more about our investment options here or set up a conversation by emailing invest@iroquoisvalley.com.

2018 SRI Conference: The 29th Annual Conference for Sustainable, Responsible & Impact Investing

Iroquois Valley Farmland REIT is excited to sponsor the 2018 SRI Conference in Colorado Springs! This marks the eighth consecutive year that Iroquois Valley will be attending and the fifth straight year as a sponsor of the event. SRI brings together the largest group of socially responsible investment advisors in the country, and Iroquois Valley Founder and CEO Dave Miller is excited to be reconnecting with many of the financial professionals that helped build the Company into the $50 million REIT it is today!

We will be in attendance November 1-4, 2018, stop by our booth to say hello and learn more about our work. Iroquois Valley Director of Business Development Alex Mackay will also be attending and helping Dave spread the world about our pending Public Offering of REIT Equity Shares with a lower minimum of $10,000. Please visit our invest page to learn more. It will be the first time we get to show off our brand new website, so it should make for a very exciting week in Colorado Springs.

Civil Eats: Can an Investment Firm Help Increase U.S. Organic Farmland?

Iroquois Valley was featured in a Civil Eats article, “Can an Investment Firm Help Increase U.S. Organic Farmland?” for our work to help scale organic agriculture in America. The article features interviews with farmers we work with at Vilicus Farm, Creambrook Farm, and Richview Farms.

Some key takeaways from the article:

  • Demand for organic products is increasing in the US, but organic acreage has not increased at the same rate. Iroquois Valley is changing that by financing farmland for organic farmers.
  • We want to scale up and impact more farmers. We currently have over 50 farms in our portfolio, but want to grow to hundreds of farms.
  • We need more investors to help us build the movement we believe in. We are opening a Regulation A+ offering that will allow public investors to invest in our mission.

Read the full article on Civil Eats to learn about our plans to scale up and support more organic farmers transitioning U.S. soils to organic.

The Chicken and The Egg: Stop Linear Farming and Embrace Circular Agriculture

In a recent Forbes article, “The Chicken and The Egg: Stop Linear Farming and Embrace Circular Agriculture,” our partners at Main Street Project had their poultry-centered permaculture model featured in an interview with head agronomist, Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin. In it, he speaks about Main Street’s holistic approach to farming with nature and building an equitable model where smallholder farmers can succeed.

Our favorite quotes from the article:

On their vision – 

“As farmers we don’t produce anything. Nature does. We simply manage the process, a non-linear process, by which inedible energy is transformed into edible energy — from soil to carrots, from grain to eggs and chickens.”

On how their model works –

“Our 1.5 to 3-acre production units incorporate a canopy of vertical native perennial species like hazelnuts as well as a lower layer of understory crops. This protects and shades the chickens, who move freely throughout this “Tree-Range™” system, continually eating bugs, working the soil, and fertilizing.”

Iroquois Valley provided mortgage financing to Main Street Project in the purchase of their 100-acre demonstration farm in Northfield, MN.

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2022 Holiday Gift Guide

November 30, 2022
Iroquois Valley is excited to share our annual gift guide featuring products grown by the farmers we partner with. 2022 has been a year of gratitude and community, and we hope that you have been able to appreciate local organic food, flourishing landscapes, and meaningful relationships with your communities throughout the year.

News

Iroquois Valley Farmland REIT, PBC Announces Bill Stoddart as CEO and Christopher Zuehlsdorff as COO

July 28, 2022
Iroquois Valley is proud to announce the hiring of William “Bill” Stoddart as CEO, effective July 11th, 2022, and Christopher Zuehlsdorff as COO, effective July 25th, 2022.

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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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