Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Sustainable Farming in Action

I loved this video and how well it helps to explain the difference between factory farming and sustainable farming, so I thought I would share it here. I also really wanted to share some of the quotes and values from the Harris family that owns and runs White Oak Pastures.
(Their website is

When we take dominion over our herd, and our flocks, and our companion animals, we accept all of the responsibilities of their stewardship
-Harris Family Core Value

As a fourth generation stockman, I offer folks some "Southern Cowboy Common Sense" on how to recognize good animal welfare: If you would like to open up a lawn chair and drink a couple of glasses of wine while you watch the animal, then you have good animal welfare. No normal person enjoys watching a hen in a battery cage or a sow in a farrowing crate, or a steer wading in its own excrement.
-Will Harris III

We want to raise our animals and steward our land in a particular manner. We cannot farm this way if enlightened consumers do not choose to buy our beef, lamb, and poultry. We value our partnership with the people who choose to honor us in this way.
- Jenni Harris

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