The Betsy Blue Farm was founded by Michelle and had been dreamt of through her early years of childhood into adulthood. Being in a background of agriculture all her life she watched her grandparents, aunts/uncles, and mom/dad work and live on a large dairy farm in Hondo, TX.
Moving at age 7, her immediate family moved to Austin, TX and lived there for 12 years, but the dream lived on. The dairy ran full steam until the mid 2000s and they would visit on weekends. To remain in contact with animals and her roots, Michelle rode horses from age 10 and joined FFA her Sophomore year in high school. She showed sheep, pigs, and chickens for three years in which the realization came that she wanted to become a sheep breeder for FFA/4H.
She went on to college at Texas A&M University and Tarleton State University and graduated with a degree in Agricultural Economics with a Focus in Agribusiness Management. After college and a few not-so-fitting jobs, she moved back to Hondo, TX and started working on her farm dream.
Her grandparents had both passed with the dairy dwindled down, and she moved onto the family land. It all started with two miniature goats and a garden. Self-sufficiency became the new dream and too much milk turned into loads of soap. She started breeding goats and growing produce enough to start a business.
The name that was selected was The Betsy Blue Farm from the two show sheep she had raised in FFA, which is present on every label today. The farm then moved off of family land to the neighboring farmer’s land – where we now rent. The business expanded into more than self-sufficient, providing the community areas of Kerville, Bandera, Boerne, and Castroville with fresh non-certified organic produce, plants, goat milk soap, and breads along with providing goats, pigs, rabbits, and chickens to families to start their own self-sufficient farms.
The Betsy Blue Farm is now our full time job – run by Michelle, Jake (her boyfriend), and Beth (her sister) and is expanding every day. Michelle is the 7th generation in her family to work in Agriculture and milking.
Our new goal is to get our Grade A Dairy and Raw Milk Permit and expand the farm at a more permanent facility. The all end goal is to provide wholesome fresh raw goat milk, cheese, and organic fresh produce to the community to enrich people’s diets, bodies, and minds. Agriculture is an important part of everyone’s lives – and to provide food to people’s tables is the best part of the experience.
Creator and Founder: Michelle Steubing
Jake has been on a farms and ranches his whole life. Living in Kansas, him and his family worked commercial farms and he ranched in Montana. He now works on pivot irrigation for large scale farmers in the area and spends his free time on our farm.
Beth, Michelle’s sister, is a recent Texas A&M graduate in environmental science. She helps out on the farm a whole lot, learning about farming and different techniques. She is helping us through the Summer until she finds her permanent job.