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Will owns and operates White Oak Pastures. It is the 150-year-old diversified and integrated farm where his family has earned their living for 6 generations.
In the last 25 years, Will has evolved the farm from a commoditized, industrialized, centralized, monoculture cattle operation to a regenerative, high animal welfare, diversified livestock farm that is rebuilding their village of Bluffton, Georgia.
White Oak Pastures pasture raises and hand butchers cattle, hogs, sheep, goats, chickens, guineas, ducks, rabbits, and turkeys. They also produce organic vegetables, pastured eggs, pet treats, leather products, and many other products that allow a nearly closed loop system.
One Family, One Farm, Six Generations
8:15–9:00 am Wednesday
Will will discuss the 150-year-journey of White Oak Pastures from a sustainable family focused farm, to an industrialized, commoditized, centralized operation, and back to a regenerative high animal welfare focused and diversified vertically integrated multi-species family farm.
Highlights from last year’s event.
We invite you to enjoy videos from our 2017 Conference here. The annual Quivira Conference is internationally renowned for bringing together leaders, innovators, and stewards of the land for three days of provocative plenary presentations, roundtable discussions, and networking with diverse attendees from across the southwest, the country, and globe. The conference creates a unique environment where ideas are sown, exchanged, and grown. Quivira’s outstanding speakers and attendees contribute expertise in ranching, farming, conservation, community, and all things soil, which is the key to it all. Every attendee brings something unique to the table, and each departs with inspiration, new connections, broader perspectives, and the tools necessary to effect change.
2017 Conference Speaker Videos
The Quivira Coalition documents its conference every year. We love to share the content of this event with those who were not able to join us in person. You can also view the 2017 videos, along with past years, on the Quivira You Tube page.
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