Success Stories


Stoney Crest Farm



Active cattle farm in Albemarle County needed cattle exclusion fencing and restoration of riparian forest



Fencing and alternative livestock watering; riparian forest buffer planting



Improved water quality, healthy livestock environment, growing riparian forest buffer

Meet Jim Walker, a 3rd generation Virginia cattle farmer in Albemarle County. Inspired by his goal to keep the waterways surrounding his property as clean and healthy as possible, Jim looked for a solution to keep waste from his cattle out of the river (and back on his farmland). His property sits on the north fork of the Hardware River, which flows into the James River.

Through the Thomas Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District, he installed fence to exclude his animals from the river and put in an alternative water system for his livestock. He then enlisted the help of the James River Buffer Program (JRBP). By working with the JRBP, Jim was not only able to help select the kinds of trees and shrubs that were planted on his property, but all of the planting, cost, and buffer maintenance for three years post-installation was handled completely by the JRBP.



This project has been a great benefit to me and I would recommend it to anyone.

Stoney Crest Farms, located in North Garden Virginia, covers 135 acres and has pastureland property that is surrounded by two bodies of water.

About the Project

Location: Albemarle, Virginia

Year Installed: 2019

Land Type: Agricultural

Acres of Riparian Forest Buffer: 4.4

Trees Planted: 1344

Improvements: Fencing, water system, and restoration of streamside forests and wetlands

Programs Used: Virginia Agricultural Cost-Share Program, James River Buffer Program

Key Partners: Thomas Jefferson SWCD, James River Association

Installed by: Conservation Services