FoodCyclist [food][sahy-klist] :
1. A person who adheres to the belief that healthy food, active living, and pursuing one’s passions are the keys to a happy life.
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This website is about having the strength and resolve to pursue your passions no matter what life throws at you. The important thing that I have learned through making many drastic changes in my own life is that life is a journey, not a destination.
My own path is taking me further and further into a career in agriculture. You may be on a similar path if you’re here. Or, you’re a friend or relative of mine here to see what crazy thing I am up to now. Either way, I share my story in order to inspire and encourage. I would never ask anyone to do anything I wasn’t willing to fully commit to myself.
That is how I landed on being a FoodCyclist. I live the definition of healthy food, active living, and pursuing my passion.
The more good you put out in the world the more you will get back. Commit to doing something in your life that not only benefits you, but benefits others as well, and you will soon become addicted to your new life.
It all started with…
…an infectious idea. “There has to be more.” There has to be more to the world. There has to be more to life. With that repeating in my head I went in pursuit of the answer.
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 with the Howard Stern Show, 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 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 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 farms 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, eggs, and non-certified organic vegetables to our combined clientele.
How to start a life in agriculture:
As my path has led me toward a life as a farmer I have a lot to say on the subject. So much so in fact that I started a second website where I share exactly what I am doing behind the scenes on my farm.
Farm Marketing Solutions provides business and marketing information for family farmers. Through informative articles, instructional videos, and the Growing Farms Podcast I encourage others to start farming, and help current farmers increase revenues.
I even created a section of the site to help you start your own farm.
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