Holistic Management isÂ a systems thinking approach to managing resources that was originally developed byÂ Allan SavoryÂ for reversing desertification.Â Holistic ManagementÂ is a value-based decision-making framework that integrates all aspects of planning for social, economic, and environmental considerations. Holistic Management restores pastures and fields. Healthy pastures lead to carbon sequestration, drought resilience, food security, and financially viable communities.
As many small dairies trying to survive in a time of record low milk prices and the age of more efficient, yet environmentally destructive industrial dairies, Stonewall Farm’s dairy has struggled to remain financially sustainable. Stonewall Farm has been in operation as a dairy continuously since the mid 1800’s. In a search for ways to improve our poor quality pastures to reduce feed costs and improve herd nutrition, Stonewall’s director learned about the success on holistically managed farms first by reading the Soil Will Save Us by Kristin Ohlson, where she was introduced to the pioneering work of Allan Savory in Zimbabwe. She contacted the Savory Institute to discuss their work and learned about their Global HUB Network.
Thus a journey ensued, first to Iowa and then to Africa, along with board member Lucy Ryder, to learn the practices that would lead to regenerating the land, yielding significant improvements in our pastures just in our first year of transitioning from rotational grazing to holistic planned grazing. Yes, there is a difference! As we continue to see the improvements we will be able to increase herd health, extend the grazing season, reduce feed, equipment, fertilizer and seed cost, all affecting the bottom line of our dairy. Along the way, we learned that holistic management had the ability to improve much more than our pastures. We learned it can transform our economy, environment and food security if implemented on a larger scale across the region and globe. We witnessed the devastation of rural farming communities in America and visited with African women tribal leaders empowered by holistic mangement to provide for their families and tribe, and most of all, we learned there is hope and solutions to our climate crisis.Â
In September of 2018, we were humbled to host Allan Savory at Stonewall Farm along with many leaders in the regenerative movement throughout New England. We are now focused on bringing these methods and sharing our story and lessons learned to other dairy and grazing farmers throughout New England to help the viability of small New England farmers. We are contributing to the growing body of knowledge and new movement in agriculture that promises more than sustainability…it promises to regenerate our degraded land, produce healthier food, build healthy ecosystems, improve our economy and combat the impacts of climate change.Â It is our hope and intent that we can demonstrate small family farms can not only survive, but thrive, and while building a healthy local food system that doesn’t degrade but builds the health of our communities and environment.Â
We are also part of our local food system and take great pride in our labor of love producing certified organic and regeneratively produced food for our friends, neighbors and community. We hope you will visit us often to observe our farm in action, take a class and support our cause by purchasing our farm products or by making a donation of time or resources.Â
We are also a proud Stonyfield Organics milk supplier and our milk can be found in all of their yogurt products.
To help us achieve our vision of healthy land, healthy people and healthy communities, Stonewall Farm uses regenerative agriculture practices in both our dairy and crop enterprises.
Regenerative agriculture describes farming and grazing practices that, among other benefits, reverse climate change by rebuilding soil or organic matter and restoring degraded soil biodiversity â€“ resulting in both carbon draw down and improving waterways.
These practices will improve the health of our soil increasing our yields and producing more nutritious food while alleviating weed and pest pressure. Watch for changes to our landscape and classes for adults and school children over the next couple of years as we continue to our work.
NEW! We will be accepting SNAP benefits this year!
Check out our Farm Store located on the first floor of the Learning Center. We carry our own certified orgnic produce, maple syrup, cheese, eggs, ground beef, and products from local farmers and food producers such as pork, honey, condiments and more. Youâ€™ll also find a selection of books, stuffed animals, and local artisan products.
We also serve Frisky Cow Gelato. Artisan gelato made with our milk on the farm in our creamery. The artisan gelato is available in the scoop shop section of our store.
Coming soon! Raw milk!
We sell fresh produce grown in our fields and greenhouses year round. From fresh greens to tomatoes to squash we offer the highest quality produce. It is available at our farm store on 242 Chesterfield Road in Keene, NH or wholesale at local stores and restaurants. You can find our produce available at the Monadnock and Brattleboro Food Co-op, Nature’s Green Grocer’s and in MamaSezz products so please be sure to request it!
Fresh organic strawberries are availble in June!
Stonewall Farm sells compost made with manure from our organic dairy farm. We regret we are unable to offer deliveries. Compost Options
- 40 lb bags at the farm store for $7.50 a bag.
- Yard of compost loaded is $50
- Half Yard of Compost $25
Compost purchased by the yard is loaded where our compost piles are located on the farm access road leading to the greenhouse. Please drive slowly as this road is mostly used by pedestrians, including families with small children.
WEEKDAY HOURS: 11am to 2:00 pm at the compost piles by the greenhouses (please DRIVE SLOW)
WEEEKEND HOURS: 11am to 2:00pm at the Dairy Barn. Please look for the farmer on duty to assist you.
Compost must be paid for at the time of pick-up with either check or cash.
Uncomposted Manure is available for purchase. Please call the office for details at 357-7278.