Welcome to the online home of FoodCyclist Farm!
FoodCyclist Farm is a poultry farm raising pastured broilers (meat chickens) in chicken tractors out in the fields of Kent, CT. In 2013 FoodCyclist Farm serviced a 45 member Pastured Chicken and Herb CSA.
In 2014 FoodCyclist Farm is joining forces with Camps Road Farm to bring you pastured poultry, pasture-raised eggs, and vegetables. Updates on the availability of farm products will be available through the Camps Road Farm Facebook Page (which I update).
FoodCyclist.com will still be a place for me to document my off-centered journey through life as I pursue my passion. My plan is to continue to post about farming, poultry, and the fulfilling life of good food, good drink, and great people.
About John Suscovich:
In 2010, I became engrossed with finding a closer connection to where my food comes from. During my time off from work in New York City, I would ride my bicycle to farms in a 350 mile radius. I would volunteer at these farms, interview the farmers, and photograph the various operations.
By 2011, my wife, Kate, and I felt so strongly that we needed a more in-depth look into American agriculture that we left our life behind in New York to pedal our bicycles 5,500 miles from New York City to Seattle to San Diego. Along the way, we stopped stayed on family farms across the country.
When 2012 rolled around, we wanted to bring our farming life to the next level. We applied for an apprenticeship position at a 200 member organic vegetable CSA and grass-fed beef operation in Connecticut. We knew after that summer that we were hooked.
2013 has brought the birth of our first child Mabel Grace Suscovich, and the birth of our first farm. I have documented my journeys over the last three years on my website http://FoodCyclist.com, and will continue to do so as I progress forward in my farming career.
For 2014 I have become the farm manager at Camps Road Farm and have decided to roll the two businesses together. By the end of the season in 2013 both farms were operating off the same piece of property and it made perfect sense to combine forces to bring top-quality pastured poultry and eggs to our combined clientele
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FoodCyclist Chicken Tractors
A chicken tractor is a safe-enclosed structure with no floor that can easily be moved through hay pastures to the benefit of all involved. The chickens benefit from fresh grass and fresh bugs to eat every day as well as a clean place to sleep, the farmer benefits from not having to clean out manure and even regenerating tired pastures, and the consumer benefits from eating the healthiest and most delicious chicken they have ever had.
I had great success using my chicken tractor design to raise poultry on pasture. The peaked roof made it easy for me to get in and out, the solid construction ensured they stood up to fierce winds and weather, and the over-all design ensured the birds led happy and healthy lives safe in their mobile homes.