What kind of crazy people would decide to raise chickens in the middle of wine country?
Thanks for asking. I am Barb and my husband is David. We are so very lucky to be able to live on a beautiful piece of land right on Silverado Trail in Napa.
Because I am sort of housebound and I absolutely love to eat good food, my husband has been kind enough to support my chicken habit. Farm fresh eggs are so much better that anything you can find at the store. And of course, with all this land sitting here wasting away, fresh fruits and vegetables must follow.
This land has quite a history. The knoll where our home now sits was once occupied by local indians. Some say that the valley has been occupied for at least 10,000 years. I really believe that is true as it is hard to walk without tripping over obsidian (imported from other areas) or rocks that have been worn away after use as handy tools to live by.
Next came the Spanish land grant holders who left their own mark on the land (ever see that ancient cactus like plant growing in our driveway?). The rancheros were divided up over time and this parcel came into David’s family around the turn of the century (the last one- around 1900′ish).
Sometime later it was decided that a walnut orchard would be perfect in this spot like so many of the neighboring parcels. Typical crops at that time were prunes, wheat, cherries and walnuts to name a few.
About 40 years ago an arrangement was made with the Signorello family where they planted the vineyards that are still in use today.
The family that takes care of the vines have been doing so since the beginning and take pride in caring for the land as if it were their own. You can see them on the weekends caring for their vegetable garden (they grow corn for their chickens to eat just as we do) or fishing for trout in the reservoir.