White Oak Pastures Offers Couples A Rural Getaway

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Editor’s Choice Award: White Oak Pastures Offers Couples a Farm Setting for a Digital Detox While Modeling Sustainable Agriculture

Hayley Matthews
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简短的版本:White Oak Pastures是第六代农场布拉夫顿,乔治亚州,已经成为可持续肉类生产示范基地。它转移到再生的农业,其目的是恢复并专注于土壤健康,水管理,和人性化的畜牧业,其他公约中提升整个养殖生态系统。152岁的家庭农场邀请情侣来体验独特的自然风光和绿色实践。情侣们可以排毒的数字,而住在农场的完全拔出小屋之一,享受充足的活动和设施。为了提供夫妇田园化的设置,以放松和了解养殖,白橡木牧场赚取我们的编辑选择奖。

当夫妇决定他们需要从他们的忙碌生活的一个周末离开,他们往往希望去的地方,他们可以完全拔掉。这是许多游客的情况下White Oak Pastures, a sixth-generation farm in Bluffton, Georgia. But couples can also get something else while there: a lesson in sustainable farming.

游客可以预定的一个the farm’s six log cabins附近的松树林。每个小屋拥有自己的卫生间和厨房,而且是专为数字排毒:没有电视或Wi-Fi连接。这是因为物业的业主,哈里斯的家人,希望客人游览农场,了解可持续的方法它的做法。

The White Oak Pastures logo

白橡木牧场提供夫妻放松和翔实的农场经验。

“这是人们拔下并连接人与自然的机会。在当今时代,你不能去任何地方没有你的手机,我们发现年轻的专业人​​士谁承诺从技术越来越远,”珍妮·哈里斯,白橡木牧场营销经理说。

一个典型的早晨开始意识到了鸡和牛漫游机舱门外的理由。夫妻可以决定采取参观农场的生产设施,在那里他们了解他们的食物是如何处理一个前在树林里散步。后来,他们可以参观附近的布拉夫顿小镇维持它的许多农村的魅力。

“It’s been labeled a place that time forgot, our modern-day Mayberry,” Jenni said.

到了晚上,情侣们可以在酒店内的餐厅,农民表,与菜单上的农场新鲜汉堡包结合了一顿饭。而当他们头回机舱称之为一个晚上,他们可以享受国家的声音,因为他们昏昏睡去。

合作伙伴可以逃脱他们忙乱一起生活

After generations of farming at White Oak Pastures, the Harris family turned the cattle farm into a more sustainable operation that included tourism.

“My family has always raised livestock. My father transitioned the commodity-type farm where we only fed cattle to a polycultural land-focused model. We move our livestock frequently to minimize their impact on the land. Soil health is the center of everything we do,” Jenni said.

White Oak Pastures’ new mission has also allowed the farm to become carbon-negative, as it takes more carbon out of the environment than it emits. And those sustainable, progressive farming practices attract many guests — and even other farmers — who come to visit.

One of the most interesting aspects of a stay at White Oak Pastures is touring its meat processing plants. In 1960, farmers could choose to process their animals at one of more than 10,000 plants. Today, that number has dropped to 2,200, with most plants already at full capacity processing large-scale farming operations.

Collage of photo of cabin and farm animals

情侣们可以在酒店的小屋的一个数字排毒和喜欢看到农场动物。

“That created a centralized system where farmers like us can’t exist. Farmers raise animals, and people want to buy meat, but the middle section is gone,” Jenni said.

许多人想要探索如何把middle section back into the equation. That’s why guests often want to see the processing practices White Oak Pastures has innovated.

“我们的计划将包括一些现场,农场培训班这么年轻的人可以来这里复制我们在做什么,”珍妮说。

Not everyone who comes to stay at White Oak Pastures is a farmer, either. Others are concerned with strengthening rural economies or promoting farm animal welfare.

“It’s not just one demographic of people who visit us, but all of their core missions and values are emotional. They’re human values,” Jenni said.

航运美味的肉类全国各地

Those who can’t visit or stay at White Oak Pastures can still sample the farm’s delicious meats, and many people stop at the farm’s general store before heading to the mountains or the beaches of the Gulf Coast.

即使你不住格鲁吉亚附近,还是可以买到的道德肉类产品从农场。每个月,白橡木牧场船舶5000到6000的订单到全国各地的肉食爱好者。

当人们在杂货店买的肉,它通常来自于工厂化养殖。白橡木牧场认为,这类养殖的不仅是动物和土地同时也为农村社区有害的。

“We advocate against factory farms. For us, a factory farm is someone who produces one thing. If the operation only produces pigs, that is a factory farm,” said Jenni.

有些人可能会争辩说,从植物中提取的是更好的环境,买肉类替代品。然而,许多公司在使用大豆或其他粮食产品可以制造出比他们会与牧场养牛更多的碳。但牛可固碳,储存在土地中的碳逆转或减轻污染。

在白橡树牧场生产的肉是牧场饲养和有机。这些动物生活得更好,而养殖的种类为土越好。

The meat itself is also shown to have positive health effects. According to a White Oak Pastures blog post describing为什么牧场饲养的肉比较好“有记录的发行量研究,指出牧场饲养的蛋白质目前正在预防保健和治疗计划的疾病使用。现在是时候认识到营养丰富的食物确实是药“。

白橡草场可持续农业替代

虽然离家太远行驶时Covid-19大流行气馁,逃之夭夭白橡树牧场是人们在该地区一个可行的选择。珍妮说,农场已入住一整个大流行期间他们的小木屋里,因为他们知道他们能保持在3000英亩的农场安全的社会距离。

“我们已经人就地避难这里,所以他们对社会的距离,但在城市的公寓没有龟缩,”珍妮说。

Even if travelers come to the farm to relax, the Harris family hopes they’ll leave with a better understanding of the importance of polyculture farming.

“从历史上看,我们认为一个单一文化会产生最好的牛,但他们从山羊,绵羊和猪生活中受益。自然界里是单一种植。当你在开车的国家,你没有看到只小鸟或兔子的树林,”珍妮说。

This type of regenerative agriculture is the Harris family’s shared passion. Both Jenni and her sister work on the farm and say they are on a mission to continue making a living off the land.

他们从肉或旅游作任何收入可以帮助他们继续这一使命给下一代。他们说,他们也表现出兴奋的养殖操作有兴趣的人。

“If people decide they want to visit, that’s great. We’re delighted that people want to see us,” Jenni said.