Jamie Jones is the owner/farmer of Jones Farm Winery. He is also the President of the CT Vineyard and Winery Association. It's a great award, and recognition for someone who's really trying to do things right! Congrats!
Jamie Jones wins outstanding farmer award
By Shelton Herald on March 21, 2013 in Features
Jamie Jones of Jones Family Farm has been named
Connecticut’s Outstanding Young Farmer of 2013.
The award is given annually by the Connecticut Agricultural
Information Council (CAIC), a coalition of state farming groups, as part of the
festivities surrounding Connecticut Agriculture Day at the state capitol.
Candidates are selected based on their achievements in their agricultural
enterprises, involvement in the agriculture industry and their community, and
their work on soil and water conservation projects.
Jones is a 1998 graduate of Cornell University’s College of
Agriculture and Life Sciences. Today, he oversees all of the agricultural
operations on the farm, maintaining more than 400 acres of pick-your-own
strawberries, blueberries, pumpkins, and Christmas trees, as well as 50 acres of
In 2004, Jones added more than five acres of vineyards when
he established the Jones Winery. His wines have won numerous awards, including
Best Connecticut Wine 2012 from Connecticut Magazine.
Jones’ sustainable growing practices, integrated pest management
techniques, and collaboration with the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment
Station on agricultural research show his commitment to the family philosophy
‘be good to the land and the land will be good to you,” according to a press
He and his wife Christiana represent the sixth generation of
the Jones family to run the 150-year-old farm in Shelton, along with his
parents, Terry and Jean Jones.
Here, Jamie and Christiana also raise Jackson, Samuel and
Juliet. Jamie Jones serves as Connecticut Farm Bureau’s first vice president,
as the president of the CT Vineyard and Winery Association and on the Board of
the Connecticut Farm Wine Development Council.
Most recently Jones was appointed by Governor Dannel Malloy
to serve on the Governor’s Council for Agricultural Development in 2011.
The purpose of the Outstanding Young Farmers program is to
bring about a greater interest in the farmer to foster better urban-rural
relations through the understanding of the farmers’ endeavors, to develop a
further appreciation for their contributions and achievements, and to inform
the agribusiness community of the growing urban awareness of the farmers’
importance and impact on the U.S. economy.
The state winner will be invited to compete nationally in
the National Outstanding Young Farmers Program, which is sponsored nationally
by John Deere. The past three Connecticut winners, Russell Holmberg of Holmberg
Orchards in Gales Ferry, Matt Peckham of Elm Farm in Woodstock, and Joe Geremia
of Wallingford, have been national Top 10 finalists.