Georgia's 2011 Small Business Person of the Year - Will Harris
Congratulations to Will Harris and White Oak Pastures as Georgia’s 2011Small Business of the Year
Development Authority of Early County, White Oak Pastures
A fifth generation family-owned, certified organic, grass-fed beef producer was in need of an on-farm facility designed to process beef according to rigorous humane animal treatment standards that would also minimize environmental impact.
In 2007, the Development Authority of Early County was awarded $461,865 in OneGeorgia Equity loan funds to assist White Oak Pastures with the construction of an on-farm, state-of-the-art, zero-waste 5,329 sq. ft. facility as well as specialized machinery and equipment.
According to President, Will Harris, “Our cattle are raised without hormones, antibiotics or non-natural feedstuffs and are allowed to roam our pastures and graze freely on sweet native grasses all of their lives.”
Georgia’s largest and leading grass-fed beef producer, selling over 200,000 pounds of beef a month, is now diversifying and growing their business by raising and selling free range chickens and turkeys. White Oak Pastures’ products are available in retail grocery stores, at the farm store and online.