Georgia Conservancy to honor Will Harris III of White Oak Pastures with its Distinguished Conservationist Award at ecoBenefête
The Georgia Conservancy will honor Will Harris III of White Oak Pastures with the Distinguished Conservationist award at its 19th annual ecoBenefête, which will be held on Thursday, October 11 at The Foundry at Puritan Mill in Atlanta.
The Distinguished Conservationist award is the highest honor bestowed by the Georgia Conservancy and is awarded annually to great Georgians who improve our lives through conservation and protection of our environment.
The Georgia Conservancy and its Board of Trustees are proud to present this award to Will Harris for his dedication to advancing organic and sustainable farming in Georgia.
Founded in Bluffton in 1866 by Harris’ great-grandfather, James Edward Harris, White Oak Pastures has returned to its roots as an artisan farm. Under Harris’ direction, White Oak Pastures has invested in an anaerobic digester that converts cow parts to all-natural fertilizer, and a zero-waste processing plant that recycles water used on-site. The farm is currently in the process of transitioning to 100% solar-powered production.
White Oak Pastures is now the largest USDA-certified organic farm in the state, and it is the only farm in the country to have USDA-inspected on-farm abattoirs for both red meat and poultry. The south Georgia farm allows cattle and poultry to range freely and to live a life free of antibiotics – important to the health of both animal and consumer.
Using the techniques of his forefathers, along with modern technology and conservationist ethics, Will Harris steered White Oak Pastures away from industrial farming practices and began focusing on animal welfare, environmental sustainability and local food production. Harris’ vision and his commitment to doing well by doing right has made White Oak Pastures the standard-bearer of ethical land and animal stewardship in Georgia.
The White Oak Pastures brand can be found in the finest sustainability-focused restaurants in Georgia and in Whole Foods Markets across the eastern United States.