Meet Brian Sapp, Director of Operations at White Oak Pastures

Posted by Laura Mortelliti on Mar 8, 2017 1:11:37 PM

“Damn, that's a nice bumper”. It was a rainy, muddy, cold weekend in December 2007. Will Harris had just finished showing Brian Sapp around the farm, which, at that point, Brian describes as “just feeding cattle and the plant was a concrete floor”. Brian’s lifelong passion for fabrication led him to craft replacement bumpers as a hobby. When Will kicked the bumper on Brian’s 2004 Chevy pickup, his eyes “got big as half dollars”. Will then told Brian, “You may never strike an arc on this farm, but I know from that bumper that I want you to work for me.” Will could tell from how well the bumper was made that Brian would put effort and hard work into everything he did.

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Topics: Staff Spotlight, Grassfed Beef, Sausage

Meet Our Leather Crafter Alena Ivakhnenko

Posted by Laura Mortelliti on Dec 15, 2016 6:32:24 PM

If you visit our General Store in Bluffton you’ll notice our leather workshop tucked in the back corner. Our leather crafter Alena works here daily and has hand-made almost every leather product on our shelves.  Alena grew up in the Ukraine and spent most of her childhood in her grandmother’s garden. There she developed a deep connection with agriculture and the natural world.

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Topics: leather, Rural Community, Staff Spotlight, Zero-Waste

Employee Spotlight: Small Ruminant Manager Matthew Cantrell

Posted by Laura Mortelliti on Dec 8, 2016 10:56:23 PM

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Topics: Animal Welfare, Regenerative Land Management, Staff Spotlight, Uncategorized

What’s in your Jeep, Will Harris?

Posted by Angela Huffman on Nov 3, 2016 9:08:24 AM

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Topics: Staff Spotlight

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

White Oak Pastures: Nose-to-tail, farm-to-door

Posted by Jenni Harris on Aug 25, 2016 2:00:00 PM

We believe our farm is one-of-a-kind. We’re fiercely proud of our vertically integrated system, which allows us to raise animals on pasture, slaughter and butcher them in our USDA-inspected on-farm abattoir, and ship them directly to the well-informed consumers who want to support this type of agriculture.

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Topics: Artisan Goods, Pastured Poultry, Staff Spotlight, Pastured Rabbit, Pastured Pigs, Grassfed Beef, Grassfed Goat, Grassfed Lamb, Nose-To-Tail

Day in the life of John Pedersen, Hog Manager, midwife to the sows

Posted by Angela Huffman on Aug 11, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Photo by Laura Mortelliti

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Topics: Animal Welfare, Staff Spotlight, Pastured Pigs

Q&A with Lisa Brown, White Oak Pastures’ Poultry Plant Manager

Posted by Angela Huffman on Jun 9, 2016 2:00:00 PM

We are excited to introduce you to a special member of the White Oak Pastures family, Lisa Brown. Lisa started working with us in 2012, when we were still beginning to learn the poultry business. She started out in the processing side of our on-farm poultry abattoir as a feather plucker, and then took the initiative to learn all aspects of the plant. Four years later, Lisa is our Poultry Plant Manager, leading the day-to-day operations and overseeing our 10 artisan butchers in our abattoir. We are proud to continue learning and growing together with Lisa.

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Topics: Pastured Poultry, Staff Spotlight, Women in Ag

Dan Coady, nanomedical researcher to pastured poultry farmer

Posted by Angela Huffman on Apr 28, 2016 2:00:00 PM

For six years, Dan Coady conducted research for a multinational technology corporation in California, until one day he decided to move to rural southwest Georgia to become a farmer. Today he leads the country’s largest pastured poultry operation, and we are lucky to have him.

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Topics: Pastured Poultry, Staff Spotlight

Flavor of Georgia: Chef Reid’s pastured chorizo sausage

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

This week, White Oak Pastures’ Chef Reid was a finalist in the 10th Annual Flavor of Georgia contest hosted by the University of Georgia. Our pastured Chorizo Sausage was showcased in the Meat & Seafood category, and made it to the top three of 12 contestants. Products were judged on flavor, texture, ingredient profile, and how well the products represent Georgia.

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Topics: Staff Spotlight, Pastured Pigs, Farm-To-Table, Sausage

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