Iroquois Valley Farms LLC was formed in 2007 in Iroquois County, Illinois as the first food enterprise in the United States to invest directly in farmland and organic food production, focusing on the mid-size family farmer and enabling their business expansion. Offering a uniquely corporate and indefinitely scalable opportunity to benefit from the production of healthy and nutritious foods, the company has purchased over 1600 acres of farmland for transition to organic production. The farmland is leased through long term tenancies to farmers that are independently operating their own family farm business. Corporate revenues and profitability are directly connected to the growing businesses of these farmers.
Recent purchases have included farms in Michigan, New York, Illinois and Indiana — all for young farmers expanding their organic foods and dairy production. The last ten farms acquired by Iroquois Valley Farms LLC (over $7 million) have been purchased as part of its’ nationally acclaimed Young Farmer Land Access Program. The company is positioning itself to benefit from the new diversity of healthy and specialty foods produced by an expanding base of mostly young farmers.
By supporting a range of educational, local foods and organic farming conferences and initiatives, the company has developed a broad pipeline of prospective tenants and is continuously purchasing farmland for lease to these mostly small and mid-size family farmers. While past performance is no guarantee of future results, equity investors (spanning 21 states) have been consistently rewarded with growth of capital.
Iroquois Valley Farms was certified as a B Corporation in 2012 and has been chosen by Impact Assets as a participant in its Impact 50 (IA50) listing of worldwide impact investments for both 2012 and 2013. .
The graph below shows the performance of $10,000 invested in the initial private offering in 2007. A healthy food and farm stock for all generations: