Jones' Farmer Blog

Behind the scenes and lessons at Jones Family Farms in Shelton, CT

Learning to Drive


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!


2 thoughts on “Learning to Drive

  1. Emily – I am so proud of you! I think we have the exact same tractor at the farm. Looks like it is getting to be nice cool fall weather down there in CT! You’ve made 1000s of cookies – ahhh! I tried the recipe and they were delicious!

  2. Hi Emily,
    I’m impressed. Look at you on that tractor. It dwarfs you!! Glad your doing well. Looking forward to seeing you soon.

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