Will's Wisdom: Nature is Complex, not Complicated

We recently had a young person visit us on the farm who was eager to learn about what we do. She admitted up front that she had never spent any time on a farm.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

2019 By the Numbers: Will Harris’ Year-End Recap

This has been a landmark year for White Oak Pastures. So many good things have happened. These are things that I never would have believed could be possible here.  

Will’s Wisdom: Greenwashing Is Destroying The Regenerative Farming Movement

Twenty five years ago, I began slowly transitioning our family farm from the industrial cattle farm that it had become. Today we pasture-raise cattle, sheep, hogs, poultry, goats, rabbits, honey, eggs, organic vegetables, and a lot of the other products that the Abundance of Nature provides when...

Will’s Wisdom: To Concerned Consumers, From a Regenerative Farmer

An important message from a Regenerative Farmer to Concerned Consumers:

Do you believe in Climate Change?

Most thinking people do. 

Do you worry about how climate change will impact future generations?  

Most compassionate people do. 

Do you wish that there was an action, that you could do from...

National Farmer Day: Training the Next Generation

October 12th is National Farmer Day, and we're taking a moment to think about the state of today's farmers.

  • The 2017 Census of Agriculture reports that the average age of an American farmer is 57.5, up 1.2 years from 2012
  • One in four producers is a beginning farmer with 10 or fewer years of...

Regenerative Agriculture vs. Fake Meat

White Oak Pastures has been a leader in illuminating the role meat production plays in climate change for years. But recently, we've been hearing that industrialized agriculture products made in a lab are the going to be future of meat. Fake meat companies like to say that they are a better...

Sweet & Spicy Sriracha Beef Bites are EPIC

White Oak Pastures is proud to share that EPIC Provisions’ Sweet & Spicy Sriracha Beef Bites are the first product to carry the new consumer-facing Land to Market Ecological Outcome Verification (EOV) Seal. EPIC Provisions makes healthy food that incorporates consciously sourced animal products,...

Managed Grazing - The Plant Side

White Oak Pastures is practicing managed grazing and is managing the goals of holistic agriculture. This requires intricate integration of livestock and pasture management. Our role as land stewards is to carefully foster conditions such that our land is regenerated, it’s bioproductivity is...

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