Last night I had the blessing of being the guest of one my wife’s AG classes through the junior college in Athens, Texas. A class of approximately nine with my wife and I attended a seminar on the proper feeding of horses on Dr. Hick’s farm in Palestine, Texas. Without a doubt, Dr. Hicks is truly one of the finest vets I have ever met in my life. Following is an article about him and his long history as a vet. Click the following link for his full story: Hicks knows horses: Longtime veterinarian specializes in horse medicine. A picture of my wife, Linda with Dr. Hicks will be forthcoming. Linda is currently in the mist of a full semester of two AG courses through the college and another winery on-line course, part II of a five-part course through the UC of Davis out of California. Knowledge is power when it comes to our forthcoming winery, farm and ranch in this part of East Texas.
In the purchase of our new farm, having the best in water available to the property was our first requirement. We are proud to relate that our farm and future vineyard is on the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer. It is known to be the finest ground water in the country. It comes from the well behind our home. The water in its recent tests was tested to be “Perfect.” In fact, the same water that Ozarka bottles for their water, is the same water that comes out of our well. This will be the water that will water our vineyard, as well as our future vegetable and fruit production, with additional great water for our cattle production.
This first posting represents the beginning a dream for both Linda Stewart Rigo and her husband, John J. Rigo in their purchase of this twenty-nine acre farm in Eustace, Texas. It is located at 12551 FM Road 2709, one mile from Highway 175, nine miles from Gun Barrel City and ten miles from Athens, Texas.
It is the eventual goal of the owners of this property in coming to fruition, to be a working farm and ranch providing fruits and vegetables to the marketplace, including a By-Invitation-Only-Private-Star-Club, consisting of a “Botique Vineyard” (copyrighted), and a wine-tasting room. Cattle will also be provided on the grazing portion of the property.
Take time to view our Blog with WordPress to see our continued development. If you ever thought of having a vineyard of your own, watch our progress as we will render photo’s and explanation of the transitional stages of our dream. This last week we just returned from a week’s trip to UC at Davis in Sacramento, California, where we took various vineyard courses to assist in establishing on our behalf, this dream of a lifetime. We now have become an official.com with our address now being: http://silverstarfarmandranchoftexas.com