Working Farms Management LLC (dba Working Farms Capital) started business in 2008 by providing transitional management services to entities looking to invest in sustainable agriculture and organic farming. One of the initial farm ventures grouped ten investors to purchase a 142 acre farm in northeastern Illinois. This venture, Iroquois Valley Farms LLC, owns over 4,000 acres in seven states with over 300 investors and is actively raising new capital for expansion.
As background, the concept of a working farm is evolving. Historically, the soil has been the primary productive and economic focus. Farmland uses now include improvements that harvest the resources of wind, water, and the sun. New technologies and the rising environmental costs of burning fossil fuels are improving the economics for sustainable agriculture. Additionally, commodity agriculture is changing from traditional mono/row crop applications. Specialty and local markets are demanding more diverse and nutrient rich foods produced by a new generation of entrepreneur farmers feeding a more health conscious consumer.
“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” — Henry David Thoreau