Iroquois Valley Farms is a restorative farmland finance company providing land access to organic family farmers, with a focus on the next generation. Starting in 2007 (through Iroquois Valley LLC) and establishing itself as a leader in socially responsible investing before “SRI” and “Impact Investing” were common vernacular, the Company has a long track record of successfully acquiring organic and transitional farmland. In 2016, the Company expanded its scope to include first mortgage financing. Since inception, the Company has purchased approximately 4,500 acres of farmland representing over $25 million in transaction value (inclusive of land subsequently sold its tenant farmers). Over 3,100 acres of its farmland is USDA Certified Organic and the remainder is in transition to Organic. On the mortgage side of the business, Iroquois Valley Farms has eight mortgages covering six states and representing an aggregate loan value of over $6 million. These mortgages cover over 1,700 acres as of April 2017.
The Company uses private investment capital to facilitate farmers’ expansion plans through leasing or mortgage financing. The entities that collectively comprise the Company are committed to social responsibility and the public health. In that regard, Iroquois Valley REIT was established as a Public Benefit Corporation, whose public benefit is enabling healthy food production, soil restoration and water quality improvement through the establishment of secure and sustainable farmland access tenures. Additionally, Iroquois Valley LLC is a Certified B Corporation that was awarded Best for Community in 2014 and Best for the World in 2016.
“We built our business to support the businesses of our farmers.” David Miller, Co-Founder and CEO
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The company is committed to the triple bottom line — social responsibility, environmental soundness, and economic viability. We are pleased that this commitment has been recognized: Iroquois Valley Farms obtained Certified B Corporation status in 2012; this certification is managed by the independent non-profit B Labs, which awarded Iroquois Valley as “B Corps Best for Community” in 2014 and “B Corps Best for the World” in 2016. Iroquois Valley was also chosen by Impact Assets as a participant in its Impact 50 (IA50) listing of worldwide impact investments for 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.