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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

Rodgers Family

We celebrate the past, which made us who we are. We thank our ancestors for our strength of character, good business ethic, and loyalty to family and God. We want to do for our children as J.M. Rodgers did for us. We will pass on not only our grape growing business, but also his personal qualities, which make us a one-of-a-kind family farm and quality grape growers. Presently, our CEO is Anna Hickey, descended right down the line from Louis J. Siqueira and the Portuguese sailors. She says, β€œAll four of my great-great grandparents left the Azores β€” all from different islands β€” looking for a new life in the U.S., not knowing where they would land. And they all landed and settled in Napa and surrounding counties – blows my mind.”