Grow Herbs For Their Beauty And Beneficial Effects On Vegetables

Sarah Jordan

Our garden at White Oak Pastures is a little messy. We battle weeds from April through November and are always on the hunt for whatever pest of the week is trying to take out our cabbage crop, or tomato crop, or okra crop. In the world of farming and especially organic farming, the question of value sits behind many of the decisions that are made daily. How many carrots will I lose if I don’t weed this patch in the next couple days? Will mounding dirt around the base of those broccoli plants make a more successful broccoli harvest? Will the radishes split if I wait to harvest them until next week? I don’t always know the definitive answer, although sometimes I’m closer to right than others. Yet, if I did always know the right answers that might make the challenging job of an organic...

Seed ‘Em and Reap

White Oak Pastures Team

There are numerous aspects of White Oak Pastures that are unique, fascinating, inspirational, educational, beneficial, and productive. Learn how our Garden Crew is literally planting seeds of success.

Chillin' On Tillin'

Bilal Sarwari

White Oak Pastures Garden Manager Bilal Sarwari is very passionate about no-till farming and explains why he encourages others to follow suit.

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!

Gardening For Biodiversity

White Oak Pastures Team

Organic Garden Manager, Bilal Sarwari, brings a mindfulness for biodiversity and environmental stewardship to our vegetable production. Our gardens provide local, organic produce to our on-farm restaurant, farm staff, and General Store customers. Bilal offers an in-depth explanation of some of the ways he encourages biodiversity and sustainability in his daily garden management.  

Know Your Farmer- Bilal Sarwari- Organic Garden Manager

Laura Mortelliti

How did you get into the field you work in now?

I was premed in college, so I completed all my requirements and majored in Anthropology and Human Biology. I also had a string of really great environmental studies professors which resulted in me picking up a minor in Environmental Studies. My botany professor was incredibly inspiring- Dr. Eloise Carter. She actually just Snapchatted me a handful of muscadines. Over the summers I was part of something called OIEE- the Oxford Institute for Environmental Education. I was a Teaching Assistant, it was a program for grade school teachers to come through and figure out how to incorporate environmental studies lessons in any subject- math, literature, social studies, etc. I did that for a few years and really enjoyed it. Toward the end of my...

Urban Experience Meets Bluffton Soil

Laura Mortelliti

 

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