Fat Rooster Farm is a small, diversified family farm using organic methods of production. We grow our vegetables with hay and wool mulches, and we rotate our crops to reduce insect and disease potential in our vegetables and flowers. We use fertilizer from our animals, green manure cover crops and companion planting to build soil fertility and minimize plowing to maintain good soil structure.
We feed very little to our animals that is not grown on the farm, with the exception of the poultry, who are fed organic grain, and the pigs, who get grain, eat vegetable scraps and compost, but are fed no hormones or antibiotics. We rotationally graze our sheep and cattle and we cull livestock that are not resistant to parasites.
Jennifer Megyesi grew up in East Middlebury, Vermont. Her parents had seen a picture in a calendar depicting Vermont in the fall, and had driven all the way from California to look for a place to live there. Her mother, Beverly, was pregnant with Jennifer at the time, so frequent stops along Vermont's Route 7 allowed them to see the state slowly.
After a Master's Degree in Wildlife Biology, she worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Discouraged with red tape and bureaucracy, she threw caution to the wind and began to learn about farming and sustainable living. From books, friends, neighbors and personal experience, Jennifer and her husband Kyle entered the farming scene in 1998. Her passion is for heritage breeds of livestock and heirloom varieties of garlic. The farm is currently breeding Cuckoo Marans chickens, famed to lay chocolate-colored eggs.
Kyle Jones never knew the Pandora's box he would unleash, when after meeting Jennifer, he said "I have a farm." Kyle grew up in once-rural Ohio, farming conventionally over 1,000 acres with his father's and mother's families. At age 18, he left farm life to pursue his love: birdwatching and conservation biology. He has worked for the National Park Service for over 20 years, and he currently farms, and is the Ecologist at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park in Woodstock, Vt. His dream is to focus his attentions upon woodworking — making bowls, pens and furniture — and do less weeding in the garden.
Bradford Kipling Jones was a millenium baby. He currently attends elementary school where his favorite subjects are math and reading. His ambition is to become a recycling assistant at the Bethel-Royalton Landfill in town. He loves cooking, cleaning, animals and nature, particularly his dogs and cats, but also frogs, flowers, water of any kind, including rain and snow.
Contact us by email or phone 802-763-5282 with questions.
Our mailing address is:
Fat Rooster Farm
354 Morse Road
South Royalton, VT 05068