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Sustainable Practices

All who work and live on the Jones Family Farms are guided by the words of the farm’s founder: “Be good to the land and the land will be good to you.”

The Jones family and farmers are extremely passionate about how they care for the land, the soil and the crops. For 150 years, each generation has worked tirelessly to further improve the land and the soil for the next generation.

  • We believe we grow the best agricultural crops in an environmentally sustainable way. We have worked over the years to keep our soils healthy and productive.
  • We employ multiple year crop rotations and use winter rye and nitrogen-fixing clovers as cover crops to improve organic matter and soil structure.
  • We enrich the soil with natural compost.
  • We use the latest techniques of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for control of insects, diseases, and weed problems to reduce the use of farm chemicals whenever possible.
  • We collaborate on agricultural research projects with Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station scientists.
  • We practice no-till farming for certain crops, thereby not disturbing the soil in order to decrease erosion and soil compaction as well as to encourage the growth of beneficial soil organisms, such as earthworms.
  • We select pest-resistant strains of plants and choose appropriate planting dates to avoid certain pest cycles.
  • Many labor-intensive, farming activities are done by hand, such as weeding, mulching, vegetation suppression and mowing, so we can minimize amounts of external inputs.

The Jones farmers are committed to growing high-quality and wholesome food and farm products.

Be good to the land and the land will be good to you.

Philip James JONES, FARM FOUNDER, 1821-1912