COLUMBUS—Over 900 guests joined Georgia Organics to honor Will Harris of White Oak Pastures with the Georgia Organics Land Steward Award at the 19th Annual Georgia Organics Conference.
The Georgia Organics Land Steward Award honors an individual who has contributed greatly to the organic movement in Georgia; on the farm through environmentally friendly production, and off the farm, through leadership, education, and outreach.
Harris goes beyond these core tenants. Harris lead the transformation of White Oak Pastures from industrial cattle ranch to a regenerative farm that prioritizes animal wellbeing and environmental stewardship, he is a significant catalyst in the economic renewal of Bluffton, Ga., and hopes to lead an educational revitalization of sustainable ranching through a partnership with nearby Andrew College.
“Will Harris has the perfect mix of vision, morality, and tenacity,” said farmer and Georgia Organics Board Member Joe Reynolds, who delivered the award to Harris.
“By way of careful stewardship and bold initiatives, Will is reinventing Southern agriculture,” said John T. Edge, the director of the Southern Foodways Alliance.
Harris became the 18th recipient of the Georgia Organics Land Steward Award, proudly accepting the award on behalf of all the cowboys and chefs at White Oak Pastures.
The award was presented on Feb. 27 just before the conference’s climatic event, the Farmers Feast, a meal prepared by the state’s best chefs featuring organically raised meats and produce from Georgia and the Southeast.