National Farmer Day: Training the Next Generation

Corinne Kocher

October 12th is National Farmer Day, and we're taking a moment to think about the state of today's farmers.

  • The 2017 Census of Agriculture reports that the average age of an American farmer is 57.5, up 1.2 years from 2012
  • One in four producers is a beginning farmer with 10 or fewer years of experience and an average age of 46.3

Influential Voices - Sponsoring SHIFTCON 2019

Corinne Kocher

This past weekend, White Oak Pastures was a sponsor for SHIFTCON, an annual conference for wellness influencers. We became involved through the American Grassfed Association, which facilitated a donation of White Oak Pastures grassfed beef brisket, pasture-raised duck, and pasture-raised chicken for three of the dinners for conference attendees (all 250).

After the conference, a select group of influencers traveled to southwest Georgia for a field trip to White Oak Pastures. This is where we got to see how these online personalities engage their audiences - they ask questions about everything!

Georgia Staycation: Cabins At White Oak Pastures

Corinne Kocher

We understand when some people hesitate to visit south Georgia in the thick of the hot summer season. But with fall fast approaching, it's the perfect time for a weekend getaway in Georgia. Need staycation ideas?

Whether you're looking to rent a romantic cabin in Georgia, or a weekend visit to see some new sights, there is plenty to do down in south Georgia. Read on to hear more about staycation ideas, Georgia agritourism, and cabins at White Oak Pastures.

USDA Reduces Inspection, Rate of Slaughter Limits for Hog Processing

White Oak Pastures Team

Under a new rule, "the Trump administration will allow pork plants to reduce the number of Department of Agriculture line inspectors assigned to them and run their slaughter lines without any speed limit". 

Brian Sapp, White Oak Pastures' Director of Operations, compares it to "the fox running the hen house". With this "modernization", large plants can push the limits on speed and capacity while also remaining the ones determining the safety of the product.

Introducing: Shelf-Stable Pasture-Raised Pork Sticks

Corinne Kocher

While we love a slow beef roast as much as the next person, sometimes, convenient, on-the-go snacks keep us from getting a little… "hangry."

Introducing White Oak Pastures Meat Sticks: protein from your favorite farm, packed in a shelf-stable stick! Also called a snack stick, these portable snacks are good for on-the-go eating, whether that's on the trail, on the road, or on the farm.

White Oak Pastures Pasture-Raised Pork Sticks have just arrived to our online store, and we are currently developing a grassfed beef stick for later this fall.

Jimmy Carter, Celebrating National Peanut Day, and Our Hogs

Corinne Kocher

It Has Gotten Worse In The Past 98 Years

Will Harris

The Hijacking of the American Food System ain't new, it just continues to get a helluva lot worse.

Debunking the “Feed The World” Myth

Will Harris

“You can’t feed the world that way. It’s not scaleable.”

Industrialized agriculture interests argue that factory farming is the only way to feed our growing world population. This mantra is used to justify destructive and inhumane practices that make food artificially cheap and wastefully abundant. More recently, it is the justification by the carbon-emitting agriculture industry to repackage itself as eco-friendly fake meat and “plant-based protein.”

6 Healthy Side Dishes To Go With That Burger

Corinne Kocher

When you're firing up the grill for a Lamb-Bacon Burger, our Natural Pastured Pork Hot Dogs, or one of our classic Grassfed Beef Burgers, make sure to plan your sides for the cookout. Listen, we're proud of the way our meat products taste - but good, healthy vegetable side dishes make them taste even better.

Regenerative Agriculture vs. Fake Meat

White Oak Pastures Team

White Oak Pastures has been a leader in illuminating the role meat production plays in climate change for years. But recently, we've been hearing that industrialized agriculture products made in a lab are the going to be future of meat. Fake meat companies like to say that they are a better choice for the environment, but at White Oak Pastures, we've been busy fact-checking their impossible claims. Most recently, on an episode of CNN Vital Signs with Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Will Harris destroyed the myth that they are benefiting future generations, pointing out that the trendy plant-based proteins are contributing to climate change while our grassfed cattle help reverse it.

Waste Not, Want Not: Zero Waste Workshop

Corinne Kocher

We're a little biased, but we think White Oak Pastures is a pretty nice place to be. As it turns out, other people have been thinking the same thing. Over the past few years, our on-farm event capabilities have been growing. From corporate retreats to sit-down dinners to workshops, we've hosted a wide range of groups on our farm. With our new coordination system, we are planning more events than ever before.

Looking to participate in a workshop or host an event at White Oak Pastures? Read on to hear about our on-farm events and register for our upcoming Waste Not, Want Not Workshop.

Reserve Your Thanksgiving Turkey

Monica McLendon

It’s time to RESERVE YOUR BIRD! Secure one of our turkeys today for your Thanksgiving tradition. Don’t miss out on having one of our birds on your table. 

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