Will's Wisdom: In response to Bill Gates' U.S. Farmland Ownership

Will's Wisdom: Managing for Money vs Land & Livestock & Community

 
We have a lot of visitors on the farm, and we are grateful to have them.   We operate this farm with complete transparency.  We show them everything that we do.   And we answer all questions that they ask.  We even respond to questions about financial matters that most people would consider...

7 Reasons to Choose a Pasture-Raised Turkey for Thanksgiving

What's the difference between a pasture-raised turkey and a conventional feedlot turkey?

We provide this side-by-side comparison so that as a conscious consumer, you can make the decision which production model you choose to support.

 

Will’s Wisdom: “Animal manure is a valuable currency”

The Cycles of Nature: How We Regenerate Land

We want to explain the complexity of regenerative agriculture.

The word “regenerative” is now entering the mainstream, with products on grocery store shelves and online stores starting to claim “regenerative practices”.

Will's Wisdom: We Broke Our Food System in Three Ways

Over the last 75 years, we have broken our food production system in three ways. 

We industrialized, centralized, and commoditized agriculture [food production].

The Layers of Life on Our Farm

On our farm, we've spent a lot of time thinking of what animal welfare truly means.

Of course, one of our basic tenets is humane and compassionate animal treatment. In addition to not inflicting pain and suffering on an animal, we understand that good animal welfare also means providing the...

Whatever Is Good For Our Planet Will Be Good For Us

In the 75 years after the end of World War II, we have lived under the assumption that whatever was good for us would be good for our planet. The unintended, unnoticed, and unpleasant consequences of that idea have now become clear and costly. This idea has proved to be a dismal failure. 

Cattle Comparison: Pasture-Raised, Grassfed Cattle vs Feedlot, Grain-Finished Cattle

Grassfed beef is everywhere, from the grocery store to the restaurant menu. But what does “grassfed” actually mean? 

How do you transform a corn field into perennial pasture? Animals.

When Will Harris III inherited White Oak Pastures, the farm totaled about 1,000 acres. As we transitioned toward regenerative agriculture, bit by bit, we started acquiring nearby farmland. Today, our farm owns or manages around 5,000 acres of pasture.

Conventional vs Grassfed Lamb: What's the difference?

White Oak Pastures now has flocks totalling around 2,000 sheep (up from 200 sheep in July 2019). Our sheep graze everywhere from the forest land bordering our pastures to underneath solar panels.

Will’s Wisdom: Think About This When You Eat an Impossible Burger

Other than open pit mineral mining operations, there are few commercial endeavors that degrade land as much as industrial monocrop agriculture. Industrial monocrop agriculture utilizes tillage, and chemical fertilizers, and pesticides, which harm our environment in many ways:

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