Mike Barrett runs Stoneholm Farm, a 660-head dairy in Putney. Central to his business is a scenic, 61-acre field that runs along nearly a mile of Interstate 91 and is just north of Dummerston Station Road. There, he grows corn, alfalfa, and grass on excellent Connecticut River farm soils. This fall, Mike worked with VLT to protect the land from development.
The town has long appreciated the parcel’s agricultural importance: a farmland assessment organized by the Town of Dummerston in the 1990s ranked the field as the town’s most important agricultural property to protect, based on its fertility, location, and scenic value. In the ‘60s and ‘70s, this land was part of the Moore Farm dairy, after which it was sold and then leased to local farmers. At one time, an area was used as an airstrip, known as the Dummerston “International” Airport.
With unanimous support from the select board, the Town of Dummerston contributed $15,000 from its Farmland Protection Fund toward the conservation project.
Supported by VHCB (with matching funds from USDA NRCS) and Town of Dummerston Farmland Protection Fund.