Will’s Wisdom: To Concerned Consumers, From a Regenerative Farmer

Will Harris

An important message from a Regenerative Farmer to Concerned Consumers:

Do you believe in Climate Change?

Most thinking people do. 

Do you worry about how climate change will impact future generations?  

Most compassionate people do. 

Do you wish that there was an action, that you could do from the comfort of your home, to cease contributing to climate change and even help to mitigate its incredible ongoing damage?  

There is, if you are willing to take action on it.

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!

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.

Less Than 15 Damn Cents

Will Harris

 

If most consumers knew what I know, they would buy their food directly from a farm.

There are a lot of good reasons to know where your food comes from.  The most obvious is that its not a good idea to put anything in your mouth unless you know where it has been.

There are also health, safety, and nutritional concerns. Consumers understand these, and they are certainly important, but there is another whole dimension that I don't think most consumers have contemplated: Consumers literally shape the world with their food dollars.  

Baby Blog

Monica McLendon

Our farm has had a baby boom this last year! We pride ourselves on rural revival.  White Oak Pastures' regenerative farm model contributes to rural revival in South Georgia through job creation. This is a main tenant of our farm's mission. We are so proud to welcome a new generation to the families supported by White Oak Pastures. We all talk about our place of work as a "family". We welcome these little ones to our "farm-ily" with open arms.

Helaine Gudes - Poultry Plant Supervisor and Mentor

Monica McLendon

Helaine works in poultry processing and has recently been given a supervisory role by Lisa Brown. She is one of our Poultry Plant Mentors!

After driving an hour and twenty minutes one way to Phenix City, AL from Cuthbert, GA, for four years to work in a poultry plant, Helaine Gudes wound her way to White Oak Pastures and closer to home. March 2, 2018 will mark Helaine’s second year with us here on the farm. Continue reading to understand what is truly the most important thing to Helaine and why White Oak Pastures is the perfect place for her to be!

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.

Meet Lashona Butler - Pavilion and Food Truck Manager 

Monica McLendon

Lashona Butler, our Dining Pavilion and Food Truck Manager, has worn more than a few culinary hats in her life. Lashona came to White Oak Pastures in 2012 and hasn’t stopped learning, progressing, and developing strategies. Not only is she enhancing White Oak Pastures, but she is inspiring her staff to strive for excellence! This falls right in with her description of White Oak Pastures as “Innovative”. Take the time to read about the woman preparing White Oak Pastures’ specialized Pavilion meals and our more southern quick-serve Food Truck meals, which have equally savory food!

Customer Spotlight - Fresh Harvest

Monica McLendon

Please tell us a little about the history of your business and what you do?

Established in 2012, Fresh Harvest provides home and office deliveries of local organic produce, meat, eggs, milk, and more throughout Greater Atlanta. Over the past few years, we've also developed our own garden space in Clarkston, GA--hosting community dinners, cooking demos, and gardening classes.  

Employee Spotlight- Johnny Jacobs

Monica McLendon

Meet Johnny “Jake” Jacobs, a “Jack of all trades” and a master of one! Jake is one of our most talented butchers here at White Oak Pastures, bringing experience, hard work, and attention to detail to the butcher block. All of these lead to product production that is second to none!

Employee of the Month: Deion Wallace

Monica McLendon

White Oak Pastures has several second-generational family members employed here on the farm. Deion Wallace, IFC Supervisor, is one of them.

During high school, Deion was an athlete: a defensive back and wide receiver in football, a shooting- guard in basketball, and a sprinter in track. After graduating high school, Deion didn’t have to look far to see what the next step in his life would be. Having a mother who was already employed at White Oak Pastures allowed him the opportunity to seek a career here. Deion stated that there was a probationary period but he “was pretty good at what I did,” working alongside his mother in the chicken plant, which led to a permanent position.

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