Today was an exciting day, as I learned how to drive the tractor! I’ll admit that I was a little intimidated by the thought of driving that big tractor, but it was much easier than I expected! Justin, who taught me to drive, said that I am a natural. I’m not sure about that, but I did find it to be quite easy and enjoyable.
The reason that I needed to learn to drive the tractor was so that I could help out with the school tours here on the farm. The school tours have been going on all month, but I have been extremely busy in the kitchen making thousands of pumpkin cranberry cookies for the pumpkin retail season. This week is a little slower, so I am able to help with the tours.
The tour includes a 20 minute hay wagon ride around the farm before stopping at one of the pumpkin fields. We talk to the kids about how a pumpkin grows as well as how to harvest a pumpkin. Then each child gets to harvest their own pumpkin and put it in a “Jones Grown” canvas bag. We tell each child that they can choose whichever pumpkin they want as long as they can carry it back to the wagon!
I was able to lead my first tour this afternoon with a group of about 20 homeschoolers. It went very well, and everyone had a great time. It was a beautiful fall day. There is nothing like enjoying the autumn scenery from the seat of a tractor!