Healing Grounds
 
   Vietnam to Montana: Lessons of Resiliency and Renewal 
                         



In the ten years from 1961 - 1971, toxic rains poured continuously on Central and South Vietnam, defoliating mountains, forests and farms and polluting clean waters.

A sprayed mangrove forest  in the Mekong  River  delta of Vietnam, circa 1970. According to  reliable sources, 3,851  communities suffered  direct  chemical contamination affecting between 2.1 and 4.8 million Vietnamese people.     

The Vietnam years deeply influenced the co-founders of Iroquois Valley Farms, both of whom recently had the privilege of visiting this beautiful country. While we continuously work to improve the economics of this business, at the end  of  the day it is our impact on public health that is most compelling. 

As a lesson for history, the War Remnants Museum in Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City)  evidences the consequences of our actions in Vietnam. In the U.S., toxins are continuously sprayed on our soils (and rural communities) to eradicate plant life not genetically modified.

Educating a more sustainable generation is Loyola University of Chicago's Vietnam Center, a testament to renewal and where my daughter, Sophie, is currently studying. She politely reminded me that the youth in Vietnam have new priorities and a more positive outlook  on the future.


"We are providing hope to a new generation of farmers - and soon, to a broader/younger range of investors, including non-accredited. It is a connection we are eager to make."  
Dave Miller, Co-Founder and CEO 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Trang Tran, forward-thinking founder and CEO of Hanoi-based Fargreen, shows off her company's dry packaged mushrooms grown by local farmers using rice  straw that was formerly burned after harvest.         
 
Big sky farmers Doug and Anna Crabtree have been growing lentils (above)  and small grains since 2009. This family based operation will soon be our organic partner on a 320 acre parcel in northern  Montana.                

 


"We are committed to improving public health by supporting those farmers wishing to grow food organically. I would like to revolutionize how we grow food in this country."  
Dr. Stephen Rivard, Co-Founder/Board Chair 
            
 
We are moving forward, crossing the Mississippi and heading west to Montana! Recently we reached an agreement to purchase a 320 acre parcel in Hill County (near Havre) for lease to Vilicus Farms. Our new partners are organic farming visionaries growing a diverse mix of dry beans, lentils and small grains. We look forward to growing this relationship in the years to come.
 
Young Farmer Land Access Notes (private debt) as well as private equity membership interests are being offered by the company (click here for a copy of the PPM).
 
Click here for our most recent Fact Sheet.    

For more information, please contact Claire Mesesan or Kevin Egolf or visit our website.     

Claire Mesesan, Communications Manager
cmesesan@iroquoisvalleyfarms.com  

Kevin Egolf, CFO
kegolf@iroquoisvalleyfarms.com

Dave Miller, Co-Founder and CEO

As a corporate guideline, we do not look for specific farmland to purchase. We  develop relationships with farmers, mostly young and organic, that want to start or grow their sustainable farm business. We only move to purchase if we have a ready, willing and able farm tenant in hand.

Connecting farm families, communities and investors since 2007. 

Iroquois Valley Farms LLC
708 Church Street  #227
Evanston, Illinois 60201
847 859-6645
www.iroquoisvalleyfarms.com