b'TOURISMWe invite you to be part of the team that is telling South Georgias story!Farm Experience: White Oak Pastures General Store in Bluffton, Georgia.White Oak Pastures By Kathryn MurrayO ver in rural Bluffton, Georgia (population 107), the Harris family has worked tirelessly to revitalize both their farm and community. A sixth-generation, 152-year-old family farm, they focus on what they call radically traditional farming. Were a working farm and have been since the beginning, says Jodi Harris Benoit, director of farm experience. Our hospitality happened purely organicallywe didnt set out to do this. Starting in 1995, Will Harris, ownerBenoit says their focus is now on of White Oak Pastures, began torevitalizing their hometown of Bluffton, transition the farm away from industrialincluding restoring the local General agriculture techniques and back to itsStore, originally built in the mid-1800s. origins. Today, they raise cattle, sheep,The store offers everything fromThe Farmers Table, a restaurant inside the goats, hogs, poultry, and rabbits usinglocally-produced goods to everydayGeneral Store, originated from their need the same methods Harris great- necessitiesand happens to be theto provide 21 meals a week to their 165 grandfather used. They rotate animalsonly place within 15 minutes of Blufftonemployees and features fresh farm food. The systematically through their pastures,that you can purchase a cold drink. General Store and Farmers Table is open allowing the cows to graze the grass,seven days a week and located at 101 Church the sheep and goats to eat the weeds Within 10 years, weve made this desolate town a destination, saysStreet, in downtown Bluffton.and shrubs, and the chickens to peck at the grubs and insects.Benoit.whiteoakpastures.com50 SG MAGAZINE | SPRING 2021 BUSINESS + CULTURE 51'