FoodCyclist farm is more than just a farm run by me, John Suscovich. It is very much your farm as well. Without your support, your patronage, and your belief in better food it would not exist. By buying into the Chicken and Herb CSA, or purchasing any of my farm goods, you are investing your money locally.
You are always welcome to come and talk to me about what I am doing, and what I am growing on the farm. I manage several pieces of land, so give me a call first at (860)717-0701 to make sure you can catch me. I have nothing to hide, and I keep no secrets. I will post pictures on the farm blog to show you what I am up to on the farm in case you cannot make it out to see for yourself.
You are investing your food dollars back into your local community. Your money gets to the best tasting and most healthy chicken on the market. You are also supporting myself and my wife, Kate, not to mention our future farmer, who is due mid-July of 2013. We’re not getting rich doing this, but we live a wholesome life, and we are honored to be a part of yours.
You are what you eat, plain and simple. If you want to live you best you should eat the best, and that is what I have to offer. You wouldn’t put bad gas into a Ferrari and expect it to run in top condition, would you? Why would you put anything but the best into your body. Think of your body as a sports car, it will only perform it’s best, when it is fed the best.
While I will not be certified organic for year one, I adhere to all of the organic standards. I will spray no chemical fertilizers or pesticides on my plants, and I will not feed any hormones or antibiotics to any of my chickens. I am accepting volunteers during the growing season if you want to come and experience natural growing first hand.
Your health is important to me. Let’s face it, I’d like to keep you as a customer as long as I can. That means I am only going to produce things that will keep you coming back.
Your food is an investment in yourself. Better to make the investment in healthy food and a healthy lifestyle now, and forgo any expensive hospital bills later. I would not ask anyone to do anything I wasn’t willing to do myself. I keep very active and I eat healthy because it is important to me. I hope you share in those values, and you enjoy my chickens as part of that.
FoodCyclist Farm Future
I don’t always intend to raise just chickens. In the future I will also offer a meat CSA with any combination of:
I am starting with chickens because there is a market need that is not met, and the start up costs are low for me. With larger animals there is no clean place to have them humanely “processed” in the area, and I refuse to offer you a product that was handled in a sub-standard facility. When I have a good option available, I will gladly offer you more options.
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 Devon Point Farm in Woodstock, CT with Erick and Patty Taylor. It was our apprenticeship with Erick and Patty that cemented our need to start a farm of our own.
With luck, 2013 will see the birth of our first child and the birth of our first farm. I have documented my journeys over the last three years on the farm blog, and will continue to do so as I progress forward in my farming career.