Swift Level Farms is a 200 acre farm in Lewisburg, West Virginia run by Jennifer "Tootie" Jones. In 1994, Tootie began the journey of converting the property to raise grass fed beef, a process that is more expensive and time intensive (about 6-8 months longer) than conventional beef. The result is a leaner product that is healthier for people and the environment.
When people tell me they can't afford grass feed beef, I tell them you can't afford not to. To understand Tootie and what drives her you must understand her roles which are many: mother, daughter, widower, shepherd, rider, steward, policymaker and the list goes on.
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