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!

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.”

Kolomoki Mounds

White Oak Pastures Team

There's a little strip of land down here in Bluffton that we call "The Bluffton Ridge". It's about 15 miles long, and just a few hundred yards wide. It's where the Appalachian Mountains have gone underground, and combined with the coastal plains weather, where about 52 inches of rainfall pretty evenly throughout the year, this uneroded, incredibly rich mountain soil can provide aplenty. This little strip of land has an extraordinary history.

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.  

Top 5 Reasons To Eat Pasture-Raised in 2019

Jenni Harris

With Thanksgiving and Christmas behind us, I begin reflecting on the year that has come and gone. There are always things I wish I had accomplished, but also those projects for which I’m proud to have completed. This valuable reflection allows me the opportunity to set goals (or resolutions) for the New Year. I hope while you all are planning your resolutions, you’ll consider making the commitment to only eat pasture-raised meats and poultry. I’ve put together my Top 5 Reasons below; however, there are even more reasons than any of us could possibly count.

Employee of the Month - Amanda Johnson

Monica McLendon

Meet Amanda Johnson, who lives just a hop, skip, and a jump away from the farm, and is taking care of our customers, dinner guests, and lodgers.

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.

Meet Our Cowboys - Walt and Diquion

Monica McLendon

Trying to round up Walt Holmes and Diquion Jones for an interview was as difficult as their description of rounding up cattle. Actually, I think I had a harder time than they do when it comes to rounding up. No surprise there, as these two are the only two men herding our cattle with John Benoit, the Director of all the livestock at White Oak Pastures.

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!

Managed Grazing - The Plant Side

White Oak Pastures Team

White Oak Pastures is practicing managed grazing and is managing the goals of holistic agriculture. This requires intricate integration of livestock and pasture management. Our role as land stewards is to carefully foster conditions such that our land is regenerated, it’s bioproductivity is increased, and our animals are healthy and profitable. Now we discuss the pasture forage side of managed grazing.

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!

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