The Binghams

We are just a very ordinary family with eleven children, who homeschool, play music, love art, love life, want to take care of God’s earth, and love the Lord. We make a lot of mistakes, but we keep turning to God for inspiration, encouragement, and strength.

 

Photo credit to Artie Limmer

 

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Cliff Bingham was born in Meadow, Texas, where he resides today and cultivates 2,100 acres of organic row crops. He is a fourth-generation farmer who has grown organic cotton, black-eyed peas, guar, peanuts, sesame, soybeans, sunflowers and wheat. Currently he grows cotton, peanuts, black-eyed peas, and wheat. These crops are all grown organically, certified by Texas Department of Agriculture. Cliff also now cares for grapes in our family’s vineyards which aren’t certified organic, but we try to keep many of the same practices in the vineyards. Cliff still farms with his father, Eddie Bingham, who has been farming in the same area for the last 60 years.

Betty, Cliff’s wife (that’s me), was raised in Andrews, Texas. Cliff and I met at Texas Tech University, where we both earned degrees and then went directly into farming and life. We both see caring for our farm and vineyards as an intense joint venture requiring not only both of us, but most of our eleven children and more full-time and part-time employees.

We planted their first grapes in December of 2003 on five acres. We now own or manage 150 acres of vineyards.

Our oldest son, Clint Bingham, is general manager around here at Bingham Family Vineyards and Farm. Keeping us all in compliance, legal, planning the winery operation equipment, and researching purchases. He has a lovely wife, Alexis, who is always a helper, and is especially busy taking care of their son, William.

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Our oldest daughter, Jessica, along with her husband, Tyler Oswald, have their own vineyard about ten miles away from our own which we helped financially to establish. Tyler and Jessica have four children, Olivia, Jason, Piper, and Zoe.

Our second oldest son, Kyle, works as the tasting room manager at our Grapevine tasting room. Kyle is married to lovely Gracie. They have one son, Jack.

Marissa is currently taking classes at Texas Tech University in Lubbock studying music and enology. She plans to continue helping make wine at the winery, helping in our tasting rooms, teaching cello lessons, and continuing her own music training.

Blake is working as operations manager’s assistant in the vineyards and on the farm at Bingham Family Vineyards. He especially helps with building maintenance and inventory. His wife Catherine helps with our inventory and software.

Daniel is attending Texas Tech University and studying viticulture and enology. He spends his spring breaks and any other free days working on the farm and at the winery. He plays his viola, but plays his harmonica when the family kicks out the fiddle music.

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Savannah is attending Texas Tech University studying violin performance. She loves classical music, but can also play a mean “Orange Blossom Special” when the time is right. Emilee just graduated from high school and plans to study violin performance at TTU, also.

Our other children Nathan, Sierra, and Brianna study music on stringed instruments and the piano. They also like to play on their home school tennis team as well as help in the vineyards.

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Married for 33 years, Cliff  still loves to play the piano, Betty enjoys singing, and their children share their musical talents with musical styles from classical to fiddle music.  They attend Providence Presbyterian Church in Lubbock, Texas.

Blessings,

Betty

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