Waste Not, Want Not: Zero Waste Workshop

Corinne Kocher

We're a little biased, but we think White Oak Pastures is a pretty nice place to be. As it turns out, other people have been thinking the same thing. Over the past few years, our on-farm event capabilities have been growing. From corporate retreats to sit-down dinners to workshops, we've hosted a wide range of groups on our farm. With our new coordination system, we are planning more events than ever before.

Looking to participate in a workshop or host an event at White Oak Pastures? Read on to hear about our on-farm events and register for our upcoming Waste Not, Want Not Workshop.

Upgrading To A Compostable Cooler

White Oak Pastures Team

We are proud to announce that Green Cell Foam Insulated Shipping Coolers are now available to protect White Oak Pastures' frozen and perishable products during shipment. The perfect combination of sustainable technology, thermal performance and shock protection, these shipping coolers have thermal protection equal to polystyrene inch-for-inch.

Manufacturing Green Cell Foam requires 70% less energy and produces 80% less greenhouse gases than petroleum based foams. It is also backyard compostable, biodegradable and water soluble (ASTM D6400 and BPI certified). The primary raw material is U.S. grown, non-GMO cornstarch, an annually renewable resource.

Our Waste Is Not Wasted

Monica McLendon

 

White Oak Pastures is a multifaceted regenerative farm raising ten different species for meat, with cattle and poultry as the largest in number. Only 55% of the cow is made up of cuts that are marketable. Because we are committed to adhering to our no-waste tenet, we were motivated to find ways in which to use the parts of the animals that aren’t consumed. Jacqueline DeWitt, our composting manager, explains the aspects of our composting program:

“In our system, we render fat from the cattle to make soaps and salves, sell trim to processors, tan hides, make pet chews, and feed our guardian dogs. Even after all of these measures are taken to use all parts, there are still 4 million pounds of animal remains each year that we can not process or use. So, we do the next best thing: We...

Fresh From The Farm

Monica McLendon

White Oak Pastures raises American Chinchilla Rabbits that are characteristically large, hardy, and gentle animals with mature bucks weighing 9-11 pounds and does from 10-12 pounds. These rabbits produce large litters, have reliable mothering instincts, and reach market weight very quickly. Although our rabbits receive Non-GMO feed, most of their forage comes from fresh grasses and greens from our organic garden. We are currently holding on to our long-eared, buck-toothed colony to build our stock, but don’t worry, we’ll let you know when we’re ready to process them and ship them your way!

Urban Experience Meets Bluffton Soil

Laura Mortelliti

 

Biofertilizer Use In Our Poultry Program

Laura Mortelliti

   

White Oak Pastures is full of passionate and innovative employees. A project started by our recent intern, Karen Cano, has continued on past her graduation from our internship program. Her independent experiment focused on developing a biofertilizer program on the farm. We have continued this project and are excited for long term incorporation of biofertilizer on the farm.

 

 

Below: Karen trains members of our poultry crew on creating different biofertilizer concentrations depending on the application they intend to use it for. 

 

Our biofertilizer is an anaerobically fermented microbial solution made from the rumen of ruminants. We have made large batches of concentrated solution. Depending on the intended application, we have corresponding, specific dilution formulas....

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