South Georgia Farm to be Honored for Setting National Farming Standards
In July, White Oak Pastures is slated to receive a 2012 American Treasures Award from MADE: In America for setting farming standards nationally. The award will be bestowed on White Oak Pastures President and Fourth-Generation Cattleman Will Harris in honor of his leadership and dedication to sustainability and stewardship of the land, which fosters a unique all-American craft and tradition.
American Treasures Award winners are selected and vetted by a national advisory committee consisting of individuals with relevant subject matter expertise. A special congressional honorary steering committee supports the initiative. The awards help foster a business climate conducive to the free exchange of ideas and information for the purpose of revitalizing and sustaining the competitiveness of American commerce and industry in a global economy.
White Oak Pastures is the largest certified organic farm in Georgia and one of only two on-farm, USDA-inspected, grass-fed beef plants in the country. The farm is also home to the largest solar barn in the Southeast, and the system provides for large amounts of hot water for sanitation and equipment cleansing. White Oak Pastures also just introduced a new USDA-inspected poultry plant to process free-range chickens and turkeys. This facility is the only on-farm poultry processing facility in the states of Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee and Mississippi. White Oak Pastures’ poultry receives a Step 5 rating from the Global Animal Partnership, and the processing plant is Animal Welfare Approved. Both the grass-fed beef and poultry plants are zero waste operations.