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January 19, 2010   Email to Friend 

Darryal Ray
(334) 613-4187
January 19, 2010

David Wright of Wright's Nursery & Greenhouse to be featured on "America's Heartland" Wednesday night.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Wright's Nursery & Greenhouse, selected last year as the Alabama Farm-City Committee's Farm of Distinction, will be profiled during the Wednesday, 7 p.m., episode of America's Heartland.

Owned and operated by the Wright family, the Dallas County nursery includes 92,000 square feet in greenhouse production and a half-acre of land for growing plants outside. Its offerings include a wide variety of annuals, perennials, herbs and vegetables with impatiens ranking as the bestseller in spring and pansies in the fall.

All of its plants are grown in containers from seeds, cuttings, or divisions. In 2002, Wright's Nursery & Greenhouse began labeling its bedding plants with the Alabama Grown® logo.

In an episode titled "A Life Redirected," the program tells how owner David Wright turned tragedy to triumph when he lost his right arm in a farm machinery accident in 1966.

"I attribute me having just one arm to everything we have today because that was the beginning," says Wright, who today operates the nursery near Plantersville along with his wife Martha, mother Adelle, son Davy, daughter-in-law Heather and grandson Noah.

Now in its fifth season, America's Heartland reporters and crews have brought unforgettable stories of people and places in the world of agriculture from all across the nation. The magazine-style, half-hour series produced by KVIE of Sacramento, Calif., is sponsored by the Monsanto Company and the American Farm Bureau Federation.

Last April, Wright's Nursery & Greenhouse was chosen Alabama's Farm of Distinction, earning more than $10,000 in prizes, including a John Deere Gator donated by SunSouth and TriGreen Equipment dealers in Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee. They also received a $1,250 gift certificate from Alabama Farmers Cooperative, redeemable at any of its member Quality Co-op stores. The Alabama Farmers Federation and Alfa Health presented the Wrights with an engraved, mahogany farm sign as the state winner.

As the Farm of Distinction winner, David Wright also represented the state in the Southeastern Farmer of the Year competition at the Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, Ga., last October.

Viewers may also see the episode online at tinyurl.com/ydr7qpr.

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