Over the past couple of weeks, I have had the opportunity to expand my perspective by interacting with some new and wonderful people. It is experiences like these that allow me to broaden my spectrum and think critically about my farm.
Have you ever tried to explain your life’s passion to someone that you have never met? Can you greet strangers who share different food philosophies and find common ground and respect? If you can, what results is a beautiful sharing of ideas and a cascade of personal growth.
Today, I would like to introduce all of you to John Suscovich of Connecticut. In 2011, John and his wife Kate left their jobs in New York City and journeyed 5500 miles across the United States from NY to Seattle to San Diego on their bicycles in order to learn about family farms.
John followed his passion as he ventured across the United States gaining knowledge about farming, so that he could return to Connecticut and live out his dream. John and Kate personify the American Way and I have so much respect for what they have done.
- Many of you Feed Yard Foodie followers have a slow foods philosophy: You grow some of your own food, try to locally source the food that you do not grow, and have reservations about modern food production systems.
- Many of you are also curious about how a feed yard operates even though it is a modern food production system.
- Each one of you gives of your precious time to try to understand the perspective of this cattle feed yard boss lady.
I want all of you to know how much that truly touches my heart. I understand the leap of faith that each one of you has taken and I am humbly grateful. Your quiet respect and interest gives me hope, and compels me to achieve excellence with every passing day.
John is currently building his own pasture-raised chicken and herb CSA farm. At the same time, he is recording weekly podcasts about farming to help others to gain the needed knowledge to be able to begin a life in agriculture. A couple of weeks ago, John asked me to participate in a podcast.
The slow foods CSA farmer meets the cattle feed yard boss lady…
It proved to be a meeting of minds, and an incredibly rewarding experience. I hope that each of you will take an hour out of your busy lives to listen to John and I as we search for common ground and talk about what it takes to grow food. Click on the link below to go directly to the podcast.
Or click on this link to see both the written introduction and the podcast.