Hello. My name is Johnne Smalley. Yes, Johnne is my real name. I am of French-Canadian Indian heritage. My mother grew up learning French grammar rules, so when my teenaged uncle had to help deliver me (my father had fainted), I was named after him. My mother doubled the end consonant and added an ‘e’ to make my name the feminine form of John. Confusing to everyone, since American English does not divide everything into masculine and feminine, and has a different way of pronouncing things, but that is why I am “Johnny”.
You can probably guess (now that you know of my French-Canadian Indian background), my contribution to Local Choice Cooperative Producers will have a predilection that is both French and Indian (Native American, not from India—no matter where Columbus thought he was sailing to). And because of some health issues brought on by my generation’ s lack of foresight on the effects of chemicals like DDT and Atrazine, I don’t use pesticides, herbicides, or artificial (chemical) fertilizers. I own Towering Heights where I have been raising and selling “Salad Bar” meat since 1983.
I raise my animals as naturally as I can without hormones or unnecessary antibiotics, using a rotational grazing system. The animals are usually moved daily—often twice a day. They get a wide selection of legumes, grasses, and other forages (a “Salad Bar” type of diet). I study the health benefits of the food I grow and raise. And now, since you know that I’ve studied those benefits, you can also probably guess that I grow the more nutritious varieties of both animals and plants (not all potatoes are the same, you know) and throw in some “wild” nutrition to boot. I’ll be adding some nutritional facts about the food provided by our Coop to our newsletters.
Find me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ToweringHeightsFarm/