Livestock as Landscapers

Posted by Laura Mortelliti on Mar 21, 2017 9:25:38 AM

We use animal impact daily to improve the health of our soils and forage. However, we also use our livestock as landscapers. We frequently use our goat herd to clear shrubbery from vacant lots in downtown Bluffton. If you have visited the farm store, you’ve likely driven by our goats hard at work. This March however, we have been busy with and excited to used our cattle to help clear some of our newly acquired land.


During this month, our cattle moved through the pecan orchard and several of our new, overgrown vacant lots. They grazed what they could, but we insured they had adequate nutrition by supplementing them with our high quality, organic haylage. The more woody and fibrous plant matter which cattle are not evolved to digest- they viewed as a playground. Our cattle clearly enjoyed themselves as they rubbed their heads and necks against pine saplings, trampled underbrush, and explored the thickets.  

In Will Harris’s 63 years living in Bluffton, he has never seen cattle grazing these pieces of land before. We are excited to share the stark before and after photos which show the landscaping power of ruminants. We can only wait to see the benefit their animal impact has imparted to the soil and we are always excited to aquire more pasture for our herds. 

 

Lot A BEFORE

 

   

DURING

 

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PECAN ORCHARD BEFORE 

 

 

 

PECAN ORCHARD AFTER 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Topics: Environment, Regenerative Land Management, Holistic Management, Grassfed Beef

Ignite the Consumer Revolution for Regenerative Agriculture

Posted by Angela Huffman on Oct 25, 2016 9:35:00 AM


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Topics: Environment, Foodie, Regenerative Land Management, Savory Institute

Meet Mary, Queen of Brussels (Sprouts)

Posted by Angela Huffman on Sep 8, 2016 2:00:00 PM

As we kick off the Fall season of our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, we are excited to introduce you to one of our organic garden managers, Mary Bruce! We love the way Mary involves herself in so many different functions at White Oak Pastures: she’s also a leather craftswoman, a biodiesel chemist, and she oversees our pastured rabbit and honeybee programs. She is smart, engaged, and always has great ideas for making improvements on the farm. Meet Mary, and catch up on what she’s up to this Fall!

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Topics: Environment, Foodie, Staff Spotlight, Pastured Rabbit, Women in Ag, CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), Closed Loop, Pastured Pigs

The secrets of the ancient Kolomoki Mounds

Posted by Angela Huffman on Aug 18, 2016 2:00:00 PM

The Kolomoki Mounds site is the largest and oldest tribal mound complex east of the Mississippi. Located just west of White Oak Pastures outside Bluffton, Georgia, these eight mounds were hand-built by some of the earliest inhabitants of the area, the Swift Creek and Weeden Island cultures. Building these mounds was a monumental task, toting dirt one basketful at a time. The largest mound, the size of a football field at the base and 56 ft high, required more than two million basket loads of soil.

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Topics: Environment, Regenerative Land Management, Rural Community, Holistic Management, Harris Family, Will's Wisdom

Good news: We bought 250 acres of worthless land

Posted by White Oak Pastures Team on Apr 14, 2016 12:37:00 PM

It takes more than time to restore Georgia’s soil to the way it was before industrial farming practices added chemical fertilizers and pesticides and removed the biodiversity and nutrients. It takes us buying the land in the first place. Well, check that box, to the tune of 250 acres.

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Topics: Environment, Regenerative Land Management, Holistic Management, Will's Wisdom

Our chickens of the woods

Posted by White Oak Pastures Team on Mar 26, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Chickens were born to scratch and peck, which is exactly what they do at White Oak Pastures. Our chickens are completely unrestricted, and they could walk to Atlanta if they wanted to. This lifestyle is ideal for them, but it makes our job a heck of a lot harder. We think it is worth it, and our customers do, too.

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Topics: Animal Welfare, Environment, Pastured Poultry, Regenerative Land Management

Savanna project: 1,200 new pecan trees throughout our pastures

Posted by Angela Huffman on Mar 15, 2016 2:00:00 PM

As environmental stewards, planting trees is one of our many responsibilities. Years of watching nature has taught us that the most diversity occurs in the edge or boundary of two of ecological habitats, where we see more wildlife and microbial growth. During the last decade at White Oak Pastures, we have planted about 1,000 trees along our fence lines each year to create this edge.

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Topics: Environment, Regenerative Land Management




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