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Organic farm firm is based in Evanston

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There aren’t any amber waves of grain at 708 Church St. in downtown Evanston, but it is the site of the headquarters of Iroquois Valley Farms, the nation’s first real estate investment trust that focuses on organic agriculture.

Chicago Business profiles founders David Miller and Stephen Rivard, who say they started with 10 investors and now have more than 250. The company invests in land leased to farmers who convert conventional operations to organic.

Iroquois Valley Farms now has investments in 32 farms totalling nearly 4,500 acres across eight states.

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