Mark Harrison grew up working on his “Grandpa’s” farm, as well as surrounding farms before his detour through another field - the field of real estate development. “After the crash in 2008, I returned to a simpler way of life and started farming again. I have been practicing regenerative farming and humanely raising animals for years.”
While working in the Mental Health field, Sarah Jordan was looking for a change of pace. “I always had farming in the back of my mind, and when my partner moved to southwest Georgia, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to do that. White Oak Pastures was, for me, the opportunity to learn how to farm. I came here as an intern in August 2017. Soon after, I was hired in the organic garden department,” where Sarah has recently been promoted to manager!
“My days revolve around leading my team in growing healthy vegetables and healing the land in the process. This means we do everything from planting seeds to harvesting crops, preparing new plots for planting, to weeding and tending to established crops. We see the vegetables through, from the time they are planted until they are packaged...
Six months after Amber met Jenni Harris, she was working part-time on the farm at White Oak Pastures. ”I didn’t make the move down to Bluffton until June of 2013. It was never a discussion for us about where we would live and one day start a family. Bluffton was just a given. The best part of being in South Georgia is this community. Folks might assume that my marriage might not be openly accepted in a small town like Bluffton. But, I’m so thankful that I don’t have a single sad story to share. From the time I moved from Atlanta to Bluffton, to the time Jenni and I welcomed our son home to live as the sixth generation on the farm, everyone has treated my family with love and respect. South Georgians get bad reputations from time to time, and while we aren’t perfect, we know as much as...
When Bubba Jackson told Denna Peterson what a great place White Oak Pastures is to work, and how much he enjoys his job as the Shipping & Receiving Manager, Denna submitted her résumé. July 2018 marked her one-year anniversary as the Accounts Payable Manager. Denna pays the monthly bills, manages our fixed assets, and assists Bill Perryman in the purchasing department.
White Oak Pastures ships products all over the United States. However, there are deliveries made closer to home and Marty Brown is the man we depend on to deliver our products. He travels to Atlanta twice a week and to Sebring, Florida where our cowhides are tanned. Marty makes a return trip to bring our hides back, where they are sold in our leather shop. He makes special deliveries to Eva and Auburn, Alabama and has traveled as far as Tennessee. Marty is also responsible for retrieving miscellaneous items needed on the farm, which could take him anywhere.
July 2009 is when Justin Wiley, fondly referred to as “Buck,” stepped in to help his good friend, Chase Floyd, in the cutting room at White Oak Pastures’ red meat abattoir. Buck’s career began when he was hired as a butcher at White Oak Pastures. The company grew, and grew quickly. Buck states he “learned the ins and outs of the red meat plant and was promoted to Beef Plant Manager. It wasn’t an easy process at all, but I’m most proud of that accomplishment.”
Lewis Rickerson, purveyor of antiques and pecans from his own business, came to White Oak Pastures to supplement his income. Lewis states that trying to describe White Oak Pastures is “impossible, because it just can’t be described in one word.” I am confident in describing Lewis as one who has never met a stranger and one who is always friendly, informative, and helpful. If you haven’t met Lewis in our General Store in downtown Bluffton, I invite you to drop by and meet this southern gentleman.
Graham Phillips first came to White Oak Pastures as an intern with the World Wide Opportunities On Organic Farms. He returned in 2017 to management as our Egg Production Manager. His role evolved into a grazier position and from there he became our Regenerative Land Manager. Graham is also the White Oak Pastures Savory Institute Environmental Outcome Verification Hub Verifier and is working to build our Livestock Guardian Dog program.