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 farmed with his father, Eddie Bingham, until his father death. His father has farmed in the same area for the over 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, worked in our vineyard and winery for several years. He helped design our new winery. He now works has his own business remodeling homes in Lubbock. He has a lovely wife, Alexis, and a son, William. Growing up Clint played the viola, and now play the guitar at times.

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. Jessica played the violin, but now her little ones keep her quite busy.

Our second oldest son, Kyle, worked in our vineyards and our tasting room in Grapevine. He now has a business in Grapevine, Texas doing concrete refinishing. Kyle is married to lovely Gracie. They have one son, Jack. Kyle still plays the guitar.

Marissa is currently finishing classes at Texas Tech University in Lubbock studying music and enology. She coordinates our harvest planning with our wineries as well as sales of our bulk wine. She plans to continue with that work as well as helping make wine at the winery, helping in our tasting rooms, teaching cello lessons, and continuing to play lovely music herself on her cello and banjo.

Blake is works with our software, inventory, and building maintenance. His wife Catherine helps with our inventory and software. Blake plays the upright bass.

Daniel graduated from Texas Tech University with an agricultural degree studying viticulture and enology. He now works with our other winemaker, Manuel Lechuga making wine. He plays his viola, but plays his harmonica when the family kicks out the fiddle music.

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 also attends TTU studying violin performance at TTU.

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 ranging from classical to fiddle music.  They attend Providence Presbyterian Church in Lubbock, Texas.

Blessings,

Betty

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