Situated on a ridge in Fairfield, Vermont, Stony Pond Farm is home to three ponds, and overlooks breathtaking views of Mount Mansfield, and Smuggler’s Notch. This beautiful country setting provides a peaceful, low-stress environment ideal for raising cattle.
The farmhouse includes within its core the original hand-hewn home of the first settlers. Two barns, a tie stall and open-air deep-bedded pack barn are used to house and feed the cattle in winter.
A core foundation of the farming system is that of grass and grazing. No herbicides, pesticides or chemical fertilizers are used. Our mineral cycle is rapid, as nutrients move through soils, plants, animals, manures, compost, soil microbes, and the products we sell. Our water cycle is slow, as rain and snow melt percolate slowly through deep, well-structured, high organic matter soils. Solar energy flow through plants is available to livestock and wildlife, and harvested by us as solar dollars.
Our cows are at their best, freely choosing their diet from a diverse array of grasses, forbs, and browse alike. One can only be so lucky as to share in the bliss felt by that of a ruminating cow lying in the shade.
Our mission is simple. Live freely as part of a farm entity whose primary purpose is to share food that is healthy for the environment, the mind, body and the soul. It is all one, and the happy, fulfilled, prosperous farmer that shares life with blissful contented cows, passes on food to the consumer unmatched in quality.
Stony Pond Farm is certified organic by Vermont Organic Farmers, the certification arm of The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) and meets the standards of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Organic Program (NOP).
For us healthy cows go hand in hand with a healthy community. As members of a strong and close-knit rural agricultural community, we strive to maintain personal and meaningful relationships with our friends and neighbors. We believe strongly in helping to create a dignified, prosperous future for Vermont agriculture, for farmers, and for the families who support us.