The People Behind Your Wild Rice
Larry and Sharon are the owners of Wild & Ricey NW Inc. Larry and Sharon live on the family farm south of Salem, Oregon where their headquarters is located. Jerry lives in Independence. We literally run a “mom, pop, and son” operation. This is a family affair that has been in business since 1992.
Larry’s family originally came from Arkansas in the early 1940s. Larry attended school in Salem and graduated from the University of Oregon. Larry gave up his architectural job to work the farm and business.
Always sensitive to waterfowl and wild life, 100 acres of the farm are now in a wild life conservation program. What was once wild rice ponds are now part of the conservation program. The farm is located next to Ankeny National Wild Life Refuge. On any given day, there are ducks, geese, deer and many other wildlife species sharing the land.
Larry maintains the conservation area by tree trimming, mowing and planting waterfowl feed. When Larry is not in the office, he spends many hours on his trusty John Deere tractor.
Sharon and Jerry were born and raised in Oregon. She attended school in Portland, Oregon and graduated from the University of Oregon. She is the President of the Corporation. Sharon, also, gave up her career track to work the business. Her background includes counseling and administrative positions.
Jerry attended high school in Eugene, and graduated from Portland Community College. He has two wonderful girls. In his free time, he is a living historian of the American Civil War. He has been reacting for 15 years. He enjoys horseback riding, hunting and fishing. Jerry is the primary person in the warehouse, for processing the wild rice, shipping, receiving, and blending the many wild rice blends we produce.
Our warehouseman, Michael is a local raised in Albany, OR. He has been with us less than a year, but he has been an asset.
The packaging crew are physically and mentally challenged . The crew packages the 10 pound bulk bags. The crew changes from time to time, but we appreciate the work of those who have gone before and the folks we have now.