Mission-driven capital for innovative resilience projects

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Activating capital to address key challenges across food, land, water, energy and community.

The Impact Idaho Fund was formed to balance the urgency of action with the discipline of systems-learning; implementing a new investment model that disrupts and redirects traditional flows of capital toward building community resilience.

Impact Idaho Fund Theory of Change

IMPACTS

26,000 pounds of locally consumed produce grown in 2021 season

650,000 square feet of land cultivated using regenerative practices

Promoted job creation & economic prosperity through $120,000 of committed investment dollars

Protected water quality through expanded farming practices that reduce nutrient run-off into the nearby watersheds

Avoided approximately 7,786 lbs. of carbon dioxide equivalents by selling produce locally through reduced transportation alone

TESTIMONIALs

""With the launch of the Impact Idaho Fund, SVIR has taken their support of local farms to a new level.  Because of this program's help, we've accelerated our timeline for converting more land from hay production to vegetables. It's a big boost for our farm."

Briana Swette, Lookout Farm
TESTIMONIALs

“I am looking forward to continuing the ongoing friendship and working relationship with this group of people who share my ideology. As I launch the dairy, it is incredibly valuable to be part of a team and not feel like I have to go at it alone.”

Wilder Jones, Wild Spaces Farm

Funded Projects

Itty Bitty Farms

Itty Bitty Farms is a farm, greenhouse and storefront in Carey that specializes in micro greens, salad greens, herbs and other vegetables.

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Lookout Farm

Lookout Farm is a farm operation in Bellevue that specializes in seasonal vegetables and leafy greens.

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Wild Spaces Farm

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Wild Spaces Farm is a grass-fed, organic, micro-dairy in Glenns Ferry that produces raw and minimally pasteurized products for southern Idaho Communities.

In the Press

Farms of the Future
June 27, 2022
by Mike Gordon Taste of Sun Valley

'Milk guy down the road': Farmer starts micro dairy in Glenns Ferry
February 2, 2022
by Hannah Ashton Magicvalley.com

Sun Valley Institute Helps Dairy Farmer Fill the Gap
January 27, 2022
by Karen Bossick Eye on Sun Valley

Farmer plans small-scale 'micro dairy'
January 17, 2022
by Brad Carlson Capital Press

Impact Idaho Fund to support local and regional farmers
December 30, 2020
by Tony Evans Idaho Mountain Express

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Guiding Principles

We have strong relationships with local farmers and deep knowledge in the local and regional food system built through our Food & Farm program, the Local Food Alliance.  We are deeply familiar with local investing and able to provide the technical assistance required to prepare borrowers for financing.

Impact investors provide capital for resilience businesses

Funding Objectives

Impact Idaho Fund objectives are primarily aligned to UN Sustainable Development Goals 2 – Zero Hunger – and 11 – Sustainable Communities. In pursuit of more resilient, regionalized food and agriculture systems, the Impact Idaho Fund Pilot will also consider critical impacts on land, water and energy resources.

SVIR envisions a resilient community with a nourishing regional food system, a healthy environment and a vibrant and equitable economy. Through the Impact Idaho Fund, SVIR catalyzes capital for regional resilience projects that advance local food security.

Funding Model

Funding Model for Impact Idaho Fund model

Funded Projects

Itty Bitty Farms

Impact Idaho Fund Recipient Itty Bitty Farms

Itty Bitty Farms is a farm and greenhouse operation with an on-farm retail store in Carey. Through dollars from the Impact Idaho Fund, Itty Bitty were able to  increase their growing space by 800 square feet and extend their growing season by 2-4 months, resulting in approximately 10,000 additional pounds of produce grown per season. The investment also funded innovative weed management tools, which will limit chemical use and enable more efficient growing operations, and a cold storage unit for the on-farm retail store, which will expand access to affordable produce, meat, and dairy in a food-scarce community.

Lookout Farm

Impact Idaho Fund recipient Lookout Farm

Lookout Farm is a vegetable farm and CSA in Bellevue. Lookout used the investment from the Impact Idaho Fund to design and execute an improved hay-to-vegetable transition process for 2 acres. This transition will not only scale up local food production but also reduce water consumption by 90%. The project will also be used as a model for future land-use transitions by other local farmers in the region.

Wild Spaces Farm

Wild Spaces Farm is a new micro-dairy based in Glenns Ferry, Idaho. The small dairy operation run by Wilder Jones focuses on supplying raw milk and dairy products to southern and central Idaho. Jones, a generational organic farmer, has launched this dairy operation to fill a gap in the local food economy. The investment by the Impact Idaho Fund will assist Wild Spaces Farm in building necessary infrastructure including a milking barn and processing parlor, as well as acquiring the animals, equipment and certification necessary for a small-scale dairy operation.

This project has been supported by the taxpayers of Blaine County through the Land, Water & Wildlife Program.