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.

The Story Behind Our Village Loyalty Program

COVID-19 and the events in the spring caused scarcity in the commodity food system, which overwhelmed our on-farm production and fulfillment center. After we were able to restock our inventory, we took some time to carefully evaluate how our farm responded to the overwhelming demand. In...

Will's Wisdom: An ounce of gold is worth more than farmland?

I just looked up today's price for gold. It was $2,035 per ounce. An acre of non-irrigated farmland in Bluffton, Georgia sells for about $2,000 per acre.

So, today, you can buy an acre of farmland for less money than you can buy an ounce of gold.

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:

Cattle at White Oak Pastures: Breeding Our Own Herd

In 1866, Will Harris' great grandfather brought a herd of cattle with him to White Oak Pastures. These cattle would have been Florida Cracker or Pineywoods cattle, feral descendents of the livestock brought to North America by the Spanish. These are the only two breeds that would have been...

Living Off the Fat of the LAND⁠—Not the Fat of the LAB

All of my life I have heard, and used, the expression “Living off of the Fat of the Land”.

To me, that expression means doing well from the excesses that come from what you have. It is kind of like living on the interest that is paid on your savings account.

Regenerating Soil: Applying Erosion Control to Former Monoculture Cropland

At White Oak Pastures, we regularly add new pieces of land to our farm, either by buying or leasing nearby parcels. Almost all of the land we acquire is degraded cropland that for decades was used to grow monoculture crops, with the help of extreme chemical fertilizer and pesticide use.

A Landmark Day in Energy and Agriculture: From Reductive to Renewable to Regenerative Energy

This week, we released a herd of sheep onto a large solar farm. There they will take on their new job of grazing the grasses beneath and around the solar panels. Typically, solar farms manage foliage with machinery and herbicide, to prevent any shading of the solar arrays. By using sheep, this...

Certified Organic Isn't Enough.

While speaking at a recent summit, Will Harris got a lot of attention when he told the audience,

“Some of the worst regenerative farm practices I’ve ever seen were on industrial organic, USDA Certified Organic, production farms.”

On-Farm Workshop: Regenerating Land through Livestock Impact

It's one thing to hear about regenerative land management, and it's another thing to learn, see, and experience hands-on. That's why we're offering an intensive on-farm workshop, Regenerating Land Through Livestock Impact, on April 4th, 2020.

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