CrossFit on the Plains is proud to announce its partnership with White Oak Pastures located in Bluffton, Georgia to provide its members with weekly delivered vegetables and fruits, pastured meats, eggs, local honey and more. White Oak Pastures is a 150 year old multigenerational family farm that cooperates with nature to produce artisan products. Their products are raised naturally withou synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, hormones, or unnecessary antibiotics.
White Oak Pastures is the only farm in the United States that has both a red meat and white meat abattoir on the property. The uniqueness of these two enormous investments demonstrates our family’s commitment to our program. They have chosen to walk the walk. These processing plants and systems were designed by Dr. Temple Grandin, the internationally recognized authority on humane animal handling and slaughter. She is a Doctor of Animal Science and champion of animal welfare. Our facilities are designed to keep our animals as calm as possible. The animals are held in open pens until they are dispatched. The captive bolt is administered by a trained employee and renders the animal senseless to prevent suffering. This procedure is performed by hand, one at the time, and the process is taken very seriously. Our plants are not efficient, they are humane.
Both of their abattoirs are zero-waste operations. All blood is digested to make liquid organic fertilizer, all bones are ground to make bone meal, and all eviscerate is composted. All of these organic fertilizers are used as soil amendments for our Certified Organic pastures.
All hides are salted and shipped to a tannery to become leather. They have our own water treatment plant to turn the wash down water into irrigation water for our pastures. In nature there is no waste. They endeavor to operate our abattoirs the same way.
The plants are powered by our 50,000 watt solar voltaic array. They hope to expand to 100,000 watts in the future. They also use solar thermal technology to heat our wash down water.
The well being of our workers is a major priority for us, as well. White Oak Pastures employees work on non-mechanized lines, which is safer and healthier than the rushed, automated assembly lines of high-volume slaughterhouses. The workers on both the kill floor and in the cutting room are artisans trained in several skills. We also encourage our employees to take home fresh produce from our organic farm to share with their families. We have ten families that have more than one family member working at White Oak Pastures.
|Grassfed Beef, Goat & Lamb
There is only one other beef farm in the country that has a USDA-inspected on-farm processing facility, located in California. They only slaughter 35 head of cattle per day, while an industrial processing plant may slaughter over 6,000 cattle per day. White Oak Pastures’ beef, goat and lamb are 100% Grassfed.
They have the only on-farm poultry processing facility in the states of Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, and Mississippi. They only slaughter 1,000 chickens per day, while an industrial processing plant may slaughter over 200,000 chickens per day. White Oak Pastures’ poultry is Step 5+ rated by the Global Animal Partnership, and the processing plant is Animal Welfare Approved.
This Thursday marked the first delivery where members were able to pick up their weekly order of vegetables, meat and eggs allowing them to skip the grocery store for the week. White Oak Pastures will deliver to CFP every Thursday with each members order where there will be a sign out sheet for the orders. All refrigerated required items will be packed on ice and everything packed neatly in bags. Each week, CFP will post recipes to align with the veggies of the week in an effort to make eating healthy easy and adventurous. Check out more information about White Oak Pastures at www.whiteoakpastures.com.