Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Hitting the road for good food and Farm Aid!

CarolineOn June 4th, John and Kate Suscovich, collectively known as FoodCyclist, will hit the open road on a two-year, 24,000-mile cycling journey across the globe. From America to Australia, Indonesia to Ireland, John and Kate will pedal their way across the four corners of the world, experiencing rich agricultural traditions and discovering sustainable food production.

John and Kate aren’t riding off into the sunset on a whim. They have been mapping this journey for a number of years, saving and planning for the trip of a lifetime. These food cyclists are determined to cycle with full packs and open minds as they visit sustainable farms and microbreweries across the globe. John feels that “there are other ways to measure success and happy wealth than money…I’m finding the answer that works for me.”

While neither has a background in farming, both John and Kate are committed to the cause of growing good food and living a homegrown lifestyle. “I’m looking for a change in direction – I want to be a farmer,” says John, “[This] is something we’re doing to effect positive change in the world.”

John and Kate are riding in support of another goal – to raise money for Farm Aid. “Riding for Farm Aid supports the people we are visiting, supports the organization as it helps to better the world, and comes with a great playlist.” John and Kate hope to raise $1 per mile for Farm Aid, a total $24,000, to support a greater cause of promoting homegrown food, healthy, active living and sustainable agriculture.

Over Memorial Day weekend I attended an awesome benefit for Farm Aid and bon voyage sendoff, hosted by John and Kate at Roberta’s in Brooklyn, NY, where there was plenty of sunshine, food, and fun for all! Roberta’s, a unique, brick-oven pizza joint, sources their produce from a local greenhouse and urban farm – attached to the restaurant! Among rows of organic greens, John, Kate and friends feasted on delicious wood-fired pizza and crisp, flavorful beer from local, Brooklyn-based craft brewery Squirrel Tail Brewing Co. in the spirit of good food and a great cause!

Follow John and Kate as they embark on their journey. They will be blogging, tweeting, posting photos and sharing updates along their trip! We at Farm Aid are grateful for John and Kate’s continued support, and excited to ride with them on their journey in pursuit of good food from family farmers!

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