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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

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 lush native prairie grasses and forage dense regenerative rotations along the northern slopes of the Bear Paw Mountains.” Order online at Regen Market. Prairie Grass Ranch also produces for Timeless Seeds (shipping available).

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. .

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.

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.

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.

Organic Farming Research Foundation publishes the 2022 National Organic Research Agenda

Iroquois Valley is proud to have partnered with the Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) to support their work in publishing the 2022 National Organic Research Agenda (NORA). This report details organic research needs with the goal of informing future investments to support the success of organic farmers and ranchers and those transitioning to organic production. We are pleased to report that a number of farmers in the Iroquois Valley portfolio contributed to this research by participating in focus groups and surveys. In total, 1,100 certified organic and 71 transitioning-to-organic farmers and ranchers were surveyed or attended listening sessions. The goal of engaging farmers was to better understand their challenges, needs, and perspectives. An adapted version of OFRF’s press release with more information about the NORA can be found below. 

This is the seventh national survey of organic producers that OFRF has conducted and the third NORA to be officially released. Findings from the 2022 NORA will be instrumental in guiding upcoming policy advocacy (including the 2023 Farm Bill) and informing organizations, researchers, USDA agencies, and Congress about the ways in which support for organic farmers can be improved and strengthened. 

Highlights from the National Organic Research Agenda

“Organic farming has been historically under-invested in, in terms of research, education and extension,” says OFRF Executive Director Brise Tencer. “The 2022 National Organic Research Agenda presents incredible feedback directly from organic farmers and provides a compelling roadmap for how to best support the growth of this important sector of agriculture.” 

Survey respondents provided input and perspectives on their current organic production systems, including the use of regenerative soil health management practices, water conservation, organic inputs, and organic seed. Findings confirm that organic producers lead the nation in adoption of soil health management and climate-friendly practices. The 2022 NORA also examines current farmer concerns in organic agriculture, farmers’ preferred sources and modes for information-sharing, and summarizes the impacts of COVID on organic producers.

Respondents also shared their production and non-production challenges, which OFRF then analyzed by region, farming experience, and race/ethnicity. This particular NORA compares the experiences of both Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and White farmers, and reveals BIPOC producers are experiencing many organic production challenges and at a higher rate than their White counterparts.

In addition to identifying gaps in current organic and transitioning-to-organic production challenges, NORA highlights farmer-identified solutions and strategies shared during its focus group discussions. NORA also provides comprehensive recommendations to guide OFRF’s research and policy initiatives. Proposed investments and focus areas include, but are not limited to, technical assistance, organic research, and racial equity programming.

About Organic Farming Research Foundation 

Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) works to foster the improvement and widespread adoption of organic farming systems. OFRF cultivates organic research, education, and federal policies that bring more farmers and acreage into organic production.

2021 Holiday Gift Guide

Iroquois Valley is excited to share our annual gift guide featuring products grown by the farmers we partner with – 2021 has been an exceptional year, and we hope that you have been able to enjoy local and organic foods, diverse and thriving landscapes, and intentional relationships with your communities throughout it all. This year’s gift guide is illustrated by Evanston-based artist, George Folz who specializes in commissioned drawings of animals, family portraits, and people. Check out his website here, and scroll below for products available across the country as well as products available in certain regions. Best wishes for a healthy and joyous holiday season!

NATIONALLY AVAILABLE PRODUCTS

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.

Mint Creek Farm (IL): Year-round CSA shares, eggs, poultry, meat, & honey raised on organic prairie pastures. Visit their online store here. Products available for home delivery or local pick-up.

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

Prairie Fruits Farm (IL): Goat cheese and dairy products, including gift boxes. Visit their online store here. Goats 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.

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

Vilicus Farms (MT): Organic lentils and grains grown by our partners at Vilicus Farms and other organic farmers in the Northern Great Plains. Visit their online store here.

Y-Ker Acres (MN): Heritage pork and grass fed beef raised on pasture in the North Woods of Minnesota. Shop their curated boxes and available cuts through their online store. Nationwide shipping and local delivery available throughout Duluth, the Twin Cities, and the North Shore.

Vermont Natural Beef (VT): Currently sold out. Grass-fed beef available in gift boxes and by the cut raised on organically managed pastures. Check back on their online store for future availability!

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.

LOCALS-ONLY PRODUCTS

The Little Farm By the Sea (WA): Currently sold out. Grass-fed beef and pasture-raised poultry raised on the Olympic Peninsula in a silvopasture system that incorporates grasses, forage, and trees. Visit their online store here to check for future availability. Free delivery to the greater Puget Sound and Western Washington area.

The Pasturage (MI): Heritage pork cuts available now: bacon, fat back, smoked ham & hocks, sausage: (breakfast, bratwurst, Italian, German style Kielbasa), leaf fat, loin roast, pork chops, smoked shoulder roast, organs & neck bones, pork steak, shoulder roast, and spare ribs.

Email thepasturage@gmail.com to order pork or purchase a Square gift card for future orders. Pick-up at the Muskegon Farmers Market or at the farm. Local delivery may be available – email to inquire.

Featherstone Farm (MN): Sign up for a winter or summer CSA share! Featherstone Farm is a certified organic produce farm offering customized CSA shares for both summer (18 weeks) and winter shares (9 weeks). Available throughout the Twin Cities, as well as in Rochester, La Crosse, and Winona – find a full list of CSA pick-up locations here and learn more at the Featherstone Farm website.

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, Proctor, and Bellevue 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.

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.

Support Our Farmers by Shopping Online

Coronavirus is growing in the United States and across the world, creating a collective experience of uncertainty and apprehension as well as increased appreciation for our local farmers. As we move through this together, we want to highlight our farmers that offer direct sales through online stores. We hope that during these difficult times you find comfort in good food.

ORGANIC FLOURS, SPECIALTY GRAINS & BEANS

Janie’s Mill – organic flours, grains, and beans grown and milled in Illinois, shipping available nationwide. Janie’s Farm is Iroquois Valley’s first farm investment.

Meadowlark Organics – organic flours, grains, and beans grown and milled in Wisconsin, shipping available nationwide. Pantry Provisions boxes available for those looking to stock up.

Timeless Natural Foods – organic lentils and grains grown in Montana, shipping available nationwide. Our farmer partners at Vilicus Farms produce black beluga lentils for this growers cooperative.

MEAT

Mint Creek Farm – livestock raised on organic prairie pastures in Illinois, shipping available nationwide for frozen beef, pork, lamb, turkey, chicken, goat, and honey. Meat, eggs, and honey available for delivery throughout Chicago.

Singing Pastures Farm – 100% pasture-raised heritage pork from Maine, shipping available nationwide for cured pork products.

Vermont Natural Beef – 100% grass-fed cattle raised on pasture in Vermont, shipping available nationwide.

Main Street Project – chicken raised regeneratively in a canopy system in Minnesota. Delivery of whole frozen chicken available in the Twin Cities area with orders placed by 3/25/20.

Yker Acres – heritage breed pork raised on pasture outside of Duluth, MN. Join their meat club for monthly boxes of pork products. Delivery available to deliver to the Duluth area, Cloquet, Carlton, Twin Cities, and the Northshore.

DAIRY

Creambrook Farm – 100% grass-fed, lab-tested raw milk. Available through herd share program for pick up and delivery throughout parts of Virginia.

We work with dairy farmers who produce for Organic Valley, Maple Hill Creamery, and Kalona SuperNatural available regionally and nationwide in grocery stores.

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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.

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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

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