Planned Grazing Overview

Will Harris

Will Harris shares how he evolved from the principles of grazing he was taught at the University of Georgia in the 1970’s, to the holistic management platform he so strongly adheres to and endorses today. Planned grazing is one of the integral components of holistic management that helps generate the benefits of regenerative farming. 

“Planned grazing is such a big topic that it’s hard to know where to start, but I’ll just start”, says Will Harris, founder and leader of White Oak Pastures.

WOP - A Catalyst For Regenerative Land Management Training

White Oak Pastures Team

White Oak Pastures has become a platform for promoting the literal practice of holistic management. We are a working farm, but our scale has allowed us to also be a leading figurehead in the holistic agriculture world.

From our tour to our workshops, from our internships to our employment opportunities, from our Savory Institute involvement to our speaking opportunities, from our blog to our educational videos, every day we act as a hub for holistic management knowledge dissemination.

Our Land Use vs. Our Neighbor's Land Use

Will Harris
The above aerial image shows three neighboring forms of land use in south Georgia. Below, Will Harris explains what we are looking at in this image. We are proud of our regenerative land management.

Employee of the Month - Cecil Burns

Monica McLendon

Cecil Burns describes working at White Oak Pastures as “fun”, which should not surprise anyone who has the pleasure of making his acquaintance. I’ve never seen Cecil when he didn’t have a smile on his face, teasing and laughing with other employees, but always working hard while doing so. He is always so helpful and thoughtful to others, and he certainly makes dining at the Pavilion a pleasure!

Flavor of Georgia Finalist for Meat and Seafood Category 

White Oak Pastures Team
Our Beecon Grind placed in the top 3 finalists in the Flavor of Georgia 2018 Meat & Seafood category. 

White Oak Pastures’ Grassfed Beecon Grind was one of the three finalists out of twelve competing in the Meat and Seafood category in the University of Georgia’s 2018 Flavor of Georgia Contest. The final round was held in Atlanta where Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture, Gary Black, designated March 20 as Flavor of Georgia Day. Judges evaluated entries in select categories based on their taste, commercial appeal, innovation, market potential, and Georgia theme.

Castronovo Chocolate

White Oak Pastures Team

On the southeast coast of Florida, there lies a small town by the name of Stuart, home of the innovative ecologist and preservationist-turned-chocolatier, Denise Castronovo. Castronovo Chocolate holds the title as the only bean-to-bar company in the United States owned by a woman to win recognition at the International Chocolate Awards.

Manager of the Month- Laura McDonald 

Monica McLendon

After her parents told her “White Oak Pastures is right up your alley”, Laura McDonald updated her resume and personally handed it to Stokes Rodgers, when the main office was located at the processing plant. Laura said that Stokes looked at her resume, and in her amazingly accurate impersonation of Stokes, said ‘This needs to go to Jean’. Laura asked who Jean was and again, she imitated Stokes’ matter-of-fact reply saying “I’ll take care of it”, and he did. And funny enough, they now share an office.

Lodging At White Oak Pastures

Monica McLendon

People come from all over the world to visit White Oak Pastures in Bluffton, Georgia. This is rural southwest Georgia, where accommodations are few and far-reaching, not to mention sometimes inconvenient. It didn’t take us long to realize we wanted to provide a comfortable, quiet, convenient haven for our guests to come and stay awhile! We have four cabins, a larger guest house and Pond House to lodge in as you enjoy our farm, dining, tours, workshops, and more.

Horseback Trail Rides At White Oak Pastures

Monica McLendon

White Oak Pastures has so many unique experiences to offer. While Equine Trail Rides may be familiar to some, we are certain that our scenery will be quite different from any other trail ride you have experienced. 

Explore our sprawling farm in a natural, peaceful way- on horseback! Read on to learn more and book your ride. 

Hospitality At White Oak Pastures

Monica McLendon

Our cabins are the perfect way to share the way of life here at White Oak Pastures with our customers and provide a window into a multigenerational sustainable farm. We welcome you to organize a trip to our farm and we will offer you the best Southern Hospitality and true farm-to-table dining. 

Meet Chad Hunter - General Store Manager 

Monica McLendon
Chad Hunter is a jack of all trades. He can arrange a beautiful floral centerpiece, deliver five-star waiter service, and also work cattle like a pro. We are so blessed to have Chad as part of our farm family. 

Origin/History of the Names of the Cabins

Monica McLendon

Our four cabins are named after Harris family ancestors.

Bluffton has a rich history and the Harris family has been here for 152 years. You bet they have some stories now!
Bacon-wrapped Pasture-Raised Chicken Legs and Smoked Sugar-Free Bacon
Tallow Be Thy Name is a new non-dairy butter substitute made from grassfed beef tallow.


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