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when I am working
in the fields,
I reach down
and get a handful
of good clean dirt.

It feels warm
in the palm of my hand.

I let it dribble
through my fingers
and I feel as if
I had just
shaken hands
with all my ancestors.

Azores Immigrant Song
Tony Jerome, C. 1900

Louis J. Siqueira

Our great-great grandfather, Louis J. Siqueira, was a fisherman fished off the coast of New Zealand, Australia, Siberia and Behring Straits and later made two trips around the world, to choose Napa and Solano Counties as home. Here, he dug in the roots of our family. Stand on top of Twin Sisters Peak, in Solano County, and look onto the Napa Valley to know why he never went back to the sea and instead began to farm. He farmed prolifically, but perhaps it was his twelve-acre vineyard that made him most proud. He may have lacked a viticulture degree, but his strength, character and faith was enough. He farmed over 780 acres of Solano and Napa land, raised 12 children, and founded the Public School in Wild Horse Valley.