The second apprenti, Julia, has arrived from Central New Jersey as a new member of Jones Family Farm! Emily, the other apprenti from the Seacoast of New Hampshire, took her on a historical tour of the three different farm locations; the Homestead, the Valley, and Pumpkinseed Hill. The Jones’ welcome and encourage all interns, apprenti, and even visitors to learn about the family background and their deep-rooted ties with the land.
The homestead very much resembles a little village with its many wooden facade buildings scattered purposely around the barn yard. Walking up the sloped hills of Christmas trees, we stood at the highest look-out point in Shelton. Historically, the area was once used as a Nike missile site. The army erected concrete buildings for the army, which have now been converted into the current winery-making facility. From the “Outlook”, we looked down into the Valley Farm and watched as visitors happily picked away in the strawberry field, and as the Berry Ferry transported visitors to and from the field.
As we walked down the “Outlook” towards the Homestead, we passed by Farmer Allyson’s vegetable garden which was abundant with swiss chard, kale, different varieties of lettuce, corn, gourds, tomatos, peppers, onions, peas, green beans, and herbs. The veggies are growing happily; the kale and lettuce varieties are currently available at the daily retail locations!
Taking the tour was a great opportunity to get to know one another more and appreciate what Jones Family Farms is doing to support sustainable methods of farming. We also enjoyed getting a good workout on our hike around the 400 acres of farmland!
-Emily and Jul