Financial Advisors Only (for your sustainable farming education)
Iroquois Valley Farms is an operating company. We do not employ a sales force or imbed sales fees on our stock purchases. Our private company is publically scalable and growing a solid base of committed investors that care about the health of their planet and portfolio. We offer a very unique and focused opportunity to connect with a real and healthy asset, organic farmland.
To get you started, we have prepared an educational guide to investing in sustainable agriculture (available upon request). Here’s a sampling of a few key considerations:
- Start with the land. Farmland is a real asset. Your clients are probably under-allocated to this class. In fact, they likely own few real assets. This one can grow good food.
- Farmland is illiquid — or is it?. Sustainable farming is a long term investment by the farmer and investor. By creating a broadly based ownership structure (now over 100 members), we have enhanced investor liquidity and facilitated all requested transfers. Redemption features are vested over time.
- Growth capital. Where can one invest in an asset that naturally increases in productivity over time? Organic farmers say that it takes 10 years or more to return the soil to its’ natural fertile state. Our farms and assets become more productive every year.
- Organic Value. Member shares are currently valued using appraisals primarily based on conventional farmland sales. There is little, if any, premium associated with our transitional organic acreage. Our farmers expect to prove that organic lands are a better value.
- Use an IRA. Near a third of our invested capital is self-directed IRA or qualified retirement funds. Your client is buying private equity — in an established food and farmland company. Don’t confuse this with direct farmland ownership. We do all the work.
Iroquois Valley Farms is focused on the major watershed regions of the Midwest and Eastern Seaboard, including the Great Lakes. We started in the middle part of the country and primarily impact the mid-size family farmer. While we are diversifying operations in our market, we cannot offer a fully diversified international farmland portfolio. A good source for further review is GIIN and Impact Assets. Both offer international impact asset selections for consideration. We were included for the last two years in the Impact 50 (see logo). This recognition reflects our long term commitment to sustainable agriculture and our seasoned management team. We are also a certified B corporation.
Of special mention is the company’s leading governance structure. We are an operating company that is accountable to a Board of Managers. We purposely chose a governance structure that can generationally support and indefinitely renew tenant leases. Our seven member democratically elected Board of Managers can react and evolve to maintain our stated impacts. This should be a primary consideration as one reviews alternative investments in sustainable agriculture.