Wild Rice is a natural grain originally indigenous to the United States and Canada. Not actually a true rice, the edible seeds are of a watergrass known as Zizania Aquatica.
Involved in the production of Wild Rice for over two decades, the MacDougall family works closely with nature. Utilizing fertile soil, clean, fresh water, and warm seasonal weather, we produce a nutritious bountiful crop.
Loyal to our high standards, we are committed to a consistently excellent product. MacDougall's uses absolutely no herbicides or pesticides on any of the crops we produce. We are pleased to offer Organically Grown Wild Rice that is fully certified by California Certified Organic Farmers. We are also in compliance with the USDA National Organic Program which meets international standards for organic certification.
The pristine wetlands that provide the basis for our rice fields are a haven of refuge for communities of animals, plants, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and microorganisms that comprise a complicated and a delicate ecosystem. The land on which MacDougall's Organic Wild Rice is grown is located in a corridor of wetlands that runs from Alaska to South America, known as the Pacific flyway. Undoubtedly the most dramatic of the wetland inhabitants found in our fields are the large numbers of migratory waterfowl that wing their way southward each autumn, along the water defined boundaries of the Pacific flyway. Many diverse breeds including swans, Lesser Sandhill Cranes, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Pintail and Canada geese, rest, feed and winter in the protective sanctuary of harvested Wild Rice fields.
In the fall, the remains of gathered-in grain provide rich gleanings for the migratory waterfowl and other reisent birds. In addition, indigenous grasses and wetland plants are encouraged to grow along the boundaries of the organic acreage, creating a habitat that is safe for nesting, protecting and supporting the next generation of wildlife. Commitment to a lifestyle of sustainable agriculture provides satisfaction, as the land where MacDougall's Organic Wild Rice is grown continues to play a critical role in preserving the earth's natural wetlands and thus the fragile chain of life.