Indiantown, Florida may be a small town, but this village seven hours south of Bluffton, Georgia is the home of Payson Park, one of the top thoroughbred horse racing facilities in the United States. Frontman Davy Jones, a member of the Monkees band, kept a stable of thoroughbred horses there until his death in 2012. But, most importantly, Kiersten Cartwright, our Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) and Food Safety Coordinator and Animal and Poultry Welfare Officer was raised there amongst the 500 head of Brangus cattle her parents owned. This particular breed of cattle was the result of breeding Angus and Brahman cattle to utilize the superior qualities and traits of each. Kiersten helped work these cattle while showing swine, steers, and heifers for eleven years...
The 21st Annual Georgia Organics Conference & ExpoOne of the largest of its kind in the Southeast
Employees from White Oak Pastures were proud to attend the 2018 Georgia Organics Conference in Tifton, GA the second weekend in February. Georgia Organics is a non-profit organization that champions organic agriculture and healthy families by empowering farmers to thrive, helping schools engage children in delicious and educational farm-to-school experiences, and making organic and local food accessible to all Georgians. White Oak Pastures has been a committed supporter of Georgia Organics for several years.
To Your Health Sprouted Flour is an organic, sprouted flour company located in Bullock County, Alabama. It was started in founder and president, Peggy Sutton's kitchen in 2005 for a few friends and family members. Peggy had researched the benefits of sprouted grains and the time-honored tradition of how our ancestors would harvest grains that had naturally sprouted in the fields. Whenever she began to explain the benefits of sprouting to family and friends, the response was always, "Can't you just do it for me?" And so she did! And that's how To Your Health began.
When Dana St. Pierre offered his wife, Amy, a home remedy handed down from his German grandmother, Elisabet, I’m quite certain neither anticipated the path on which this would lead them. Amy can attest to the profound improvement in her overall health and energy levels. Because of that, she suggested they make a batch of their tonic for the 2010 Sire City Sanctuary Shindy, a Berkshires-based holiday artisans festival. Not only did Dana and Amy sell out of their tonic, they also had eager people showing up on their doorsteps wanting refills! Dana and Amy have taken an age-old family tonic and tweaked it to soothe the contemporary palate. Partnering with Amy’s brother, Brian, they created a company with the mission to promote an amazingly healthy lifestyle with Fire Cider.
When we think of the month of February, we think of Valentine’s Day, hearts, flowers, cherubs, and chocolate. Each is an expression of love in the name of Saint Valentine. February is also American Heart Month. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute chose February as the month to raise awareness of heart health and urge Americans to lower their risks for developing heart disease. White Oak Pastures recognizes the National American Heart Month. Yet, here on the farm, we are responsible for One Hundred Thousand Beating Hearts daily.
Employment opportunities in South Georgia can be challenging, but when Bobbie Lee Williams rode by White Oak Pastures, he was intrigued by the men and women driving tractors and by all of the animals. This was enough to entice him to seek employment on the farm. “The people here are friendly and everybody has made me feel welcomed. Everybody gets along with one another and helps each other out.”
“I lost my father when I was eleven years old. All I ever had in my life was my mother, Teresa Huff, so that’s who keeps me going and motivated. She works at a financial company, and my step-dad runs a lawn and tree service. He was raising hogs, so I guess it grew on me.” That may be why Jamaal gravitated towards White Oak Pastures. “I liked to be around animals and wanted to learn techniques to raise them.” Jamaal works in our Poultry Production Department caring for our pasture-raised chickens and says, “White Oak Pastures is family.”
Mark Harrison grew up working on his “Grandpa’s” farm, as well as surrounding farms before his detour through another field - the field of real estate development. “After the crash in 2008, I returned to a simpler way of life and started farming again. I have been practicing regenerative farming and humanely raising animals for years.”
While working in the Mental Health field, Sarah Jordan was looking for a change of pace. “I always had farming in the back of my mind, and when my partner moved to southwest Georgia, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to do that. White Oak Pastures was, for me, the opportunity to learn how to farm. I came here as an intern in August 2017. Soon after, I was hired in the organic garden department,” where Sarah has recently been promoted to manager!
“My days revolve around leading my team in growing healthy vegetables and healing the land in the process. This means we do everything from planting seeds to harvesting crops, preparing new plots for planting, to weeding and tending to established crops. We see the vegetables through, from the time they are planted until they are packaged...
White Oak Pastures has been a proud member of Georgia Organics for over a decade now, and has supported and attended this conference each year. This year, we are excited Will Harris was asked to speak as the keynote speaker for the 21st Annual Georgia Organics Conference in Tifton, Georgia. Harris, the owner of White Oak Pastures, was also the recipient of the 19th Annual Georgia Organics Land Steward Award. This award honors an individual who has contributed significantly to the organic movement in Georgia; on the farm through environmentally friendly production and off the farm through leadership, education, and outreach. Georgia Organics Board Member and farmer Joe Reynolds, who presented Will with the award, stated, “Will Harris has the...