Deer Creek Conservation District
Larry Wright not only promotes sustainable agriculture and soil health but lives it in the operation and management of his farm. His farm, which consists of 195 acres of rangeland, is enrolled in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), a program aimed at helping farmers build on their existing conservation efforts and strengthen their operation. His operation also consists of a market garden, where he grows organic produce to be sold at local farmers markets.
For over 15 years, Wright has been learning how to incorporate different soil health practices onto his farm. Wright utilizes prescribed burns to keep his rangeland healthy. He uses proper grazing methods for his cattle, giving his land time to recover before grazing it again. In his garden, he uses minimal tillage, cover crops and an integrated pest management system that does not use chemicals. He also uses compost to increase his soil organic matter.
Wright works hard to conserve and protect wildlife on and near his farm. His rangeland consists of primarily native vegetation, aimed at providing a good habitat for pollinators and wildlife. He has also incorporated wildlife escape ramps in his livestock tanks and has placed bee hives, bat houses and bluebird boxes across his farm.
Wright is active in his community, using his platform at local farmers markets to promote farm-to-table programs and services offered by the Deer Creek Conservation District. He presents at workshops hosted by his local district to teach others about organic gardening and composting. Wright was instrumental in creating the Great Plains Trail of Oklahoma, which promotes rural tourism in Western Oklahoma, highlighting wildlife viewing and other opportunities for families to enjoy outdoor activities.
Wright is currently serving as the president of the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts. His two-year term began in February of 2019 and will end in February of 2021. His presidency will allow him to further extend upon the work he did as the association’s programs administrator. Wright also provides consultation services for the Oklahoma Wildlife and Prairie Heritage Alliance, Oklahoma Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils (RC&Ds) and Oklahoma Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS).
Wright continues to work hard to incorporate new conservation practices on his farm, while avidly teaching others the benefits they provide.
Updated September 2019.