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Update on Hemp Growing at Bingham Organic Farms

Things are sure greening up on the farm. Especially the hemp. The hemp is doing well with all of the rain that we have been receiving.

Organic farming on our farms has been an almost overwhelming task this year considering the pattern of rains. Yes, we are thankful for the rains, but the plowing and hoeing needs are increased due to the weeds that the rains encourage as well.

If you want to learn more about the Texas hemp industry the Texas Hemp Growers Association is planning a hemp field day at our farm on August 26th, 2021. Read more about this event for farmers and agri-businesses on our calendar of events here, Texas Hemp Growers Association Hemp Field Day.

If you want to encourage an organic farmer, you can consider purchasing some of our CBD products at BinghamOrganics.com. These products are made from the hemp that is grown on our farm in Meadow, Texas in Terry County.

Blessings,
Betty

Fighting Weeds in the Organic Cotton at Bingham Family Vineyards and Farm

Fighting Weeds in the Organic Cotton

This has not been an easy year for organic cotton.

First the year was dry making it hard to get a crop started in the fields, now there has been an abundance of rain. The rain is good for the cotton and the hemp, but it also encourages the weeds. We have been plowing the fields everyday that it is dry enough for a couple of weeks. Hoeing in the fields as well. The race is still on to see if it will be us or the weeds that win in many of our organic cotton fields.

This field looks better than most, but it shows you how the cotton is coming along.

Blessings,
Betty

Bingham Family Vineyards Vineyard Update July 4, 2021

Vineyard Update

Vineyards update for the week, but the photos are from the 4th. The crop continues to progress. The tonnage will be less than we hoped for, but the quality is there.

The plants in the tubes are young plants that will not produce fruit this year. The large cluster in the Dirt Farmer’s hand is Trebbiano. This was Cliff’s favorite grape to grow on the High Plains. It has been the primary grape in our Cloudburst dry white wine blend. We also have a varietal wine which is made from the Trebbiano grape. You might want to try both as you explore 100% Texas grown Trebbiano.

Blessings,
Betty

Several New Additions at the Winery

Several New Additions at the Winery

We have several new additions at the winery, and I am excited to tell you about a couple of those today. A new building addition and a new head winemaker.

Bringing the Presses Inside

We have made several building additions in the last couple of months. One was to build out the building structure over our press machines that used to be just out on the back porch of the winery. They were easy to get to when working with them, but not the best place to be out in the sun, wind, and other weather extremes.

Framing out of building to cover two grape crush press machines at Bingham Family Vineyards.

This work was started the end of May.

Framing out of building to cover two grape crush press machines at Bingham Family Vineyards.

Framing out of building to cover two grape crush press machines at Bingham Family Vineyards.

Much work has been done since then finishing out the sides, ceiling, and insulation. The new building will have a garage door that can be opened into the old winery area as well as another large opening to the outside for grapes to be brought in for processing to make them into wonderful wine.

Our two presses here are two of the largest in the state of Texas at 18 and 35 tons. Daniel says that we once did 43 tons through the larger press. This is how we are able to do custom work for other vineyards and wineries as well as our own estate wines from the grapes that we grow.

The sides and ceiling are now in as is the spray foam insulation.

An 18 ton and 35 ton crush machine at Bingham Family Vineyards

More photos once the area is finished, cleaned up and readied for harvest which we expect to begin mid-August to end of August and continue through September.

Sam Jennings, Our New Head Winemaker

We are welcoming a new head winemaker at Bingham Family Vineyards. Daniel, our son who has been our head winemaker, has decided to pursing a Master of Arts in counseling at Covenant Theological Seminary to become a LPC counselor. Thus we have searched and found a winemaker that we think will continue to lead our winery making quality wine.

Sam Jennings, winemaker at Bingham Family Vineyards.

Sam and Daniel will be working together to make a smooth transition to continue our quality production of fine wines for our friends.

Bingham Family Vineyards winery crew tasting and working with our wines in the cellar.
Bingham Family Vineyards winery crew tasting and working with our wines in the cellar.

Sam, Daniel, and Ro (our intern who is going to Texas Tech University) are filtering white wine to ready it for bottling. This will be our 2019 Windmill. As many of you know, our Windmill is an oaked white blend. Our 2019 will be a blend of Roussanne, Viognier, and Marsanne which was bottled yesterday and today.

More about Sam next Tuesday as we plan to share with you each Tuesday (#TeamTuesday) a different family or team member and what they do here at Bingham Family Vineyards whether they are in Meadow, Grapevine, or Fredericksburg.

Blessings,
Betty

Rain on the Farm and the Hemp

Rain on the Farm, the Vineyards, and the Hemp

The recent rains are benefiting our organic hemp crop.

Rain is an interesting conversation on the farm. Soon after the rains subside, the phone calls start. Those living on different parts of our farms call in with reports to Cliff, our Dirt Farmer. Of course Cliff will head out to check the fields and vineyards to oversee what work can continue, and what work will have to be postponed because of the wet ground; but the phone updates are helpful.

This year we have had 15 to 20 inches of rain in the last two months. That is a lot considering last year, I think that we had 10 inches all year. With our organic row crops that means lots of work. Several workers plowing fields (that is usually what Cliff is up to this time of year) as well as workers hoeing in the fields. Nathan and Eric are kept busy plowing in the vineyards as well. Those little weeds have to be taken care of before they grow to impossible problems. And the soil plowed so that it will not blow during the next rain storm or high winds.

But even with all the extra work, the sight of our world turning from brown to green is a nice change.

All this rain has reminded us of the July rain in 2010 where we received 18 inches in 36 hours. Ahhh, that sounds like a good post for a #ThrowBackThursday for this Thursday.

Organic hemp growing at Bingham Family Vineyards.

Bingham Organics Tinctures Now Available at BinghamOrganics.com

As you may remember, we grew organic hemp last year on our farm. We are growing it again this year. The crop looks good especially after all this rain that we have had.

We have processed our crop from last year to produce our own label of CBD tinctures and creams. Check them out at our BinghamOrganics.com web site.

BinghamOrganics.com CBD full spectrum tincture bottle.
BinghamOrganics.com CBD full spectrum tincture bottle.

Now for more photos of the green hemp crop this year.

Organic hemp growing at Bingham Farm.

Construction at the Farm and Winery

We have been doing some construction at the farm and winery. We added a overhang and a mechanics bay on the the farm barn. Updated photos soon as well as of the new building for hemp extraction and the covering for our grape presses at the winery.

Blessings,
Betty

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