A former Texas BBQ food truck owner, Kyle Lewallen found himself in northeast Georgia after meeting and marrying his now wife, Caroline. Our paths crossed when Caroline was attending Texas A&M University for graduate school. (Fun fact, we met in a small group at church!)
Together, we dreamed of starting and running an entrepreneurial adventure together and to name it 'teXga'. The name 'teXga' combines our two home states - Texas and Georgia - plus our love for BBQ and beef cattle. Additionally, in the livestock world, a capital 'X' represents an animal being crossbred - but at our farm, their backgrounds and expertise are also diverse and blended together.
The animals we raise are primarily Angus cattle. Our backgrounds are certainly different. Kyle was raised in Austin, Texas, and has no agricultural background other than cooking agricultural products via BBQ smokers. He has a degree in business from Texas A&M. Caroline grew up raising and showing livestock and has two degrees in agriculture (UGA, Texas A&M). Prior to teXga, Caroline was the marketing coordinator at Jaemor Farms, a nearby (Must visit!) produce farm and market. teXga allows us to combine both of our interests and expertise in raising animals and agribusiness, plus being a voice for our beloved agriculture industry.
We feel that the Lord continues to open doors for this farm, and are grateful for the opportunity to own this piece of dirt. In July of 2017, we jumped at the opportunity to found teXga literally as soon as we owned the keys to the front gates.
Since 2017 we have worked to clean up our property and bring it back to the condition required to raise quality beef cattle. We sold our first beef boxes in April 2019 and have continued to expand our product line thanks to customer feedback and support. Today customers have the option to purchase a box (per our original business plan), or a few steaks at a time... or even a whole animal! Furthermore, in fall of 2023 we teamed up with a local pig farm just six miles from driveway to bring to you teXga pork!
Our 'herd' continues to expand at the farm by both four...and two legs! We welcomed our first son in October 2020 and second son in July 2023. It is a dream come true to be able to raise Kemper and Patton on the farm. Kemper already joins us often at the barn weighing steers, checking them in the pasture, loading animals for the processor, and of course greeting customers at the barn for order pick ups! We invite you to follow our farm on Facebook
... where you may see our boys from time-to-time plus the farm and beef or pork recipe creation!
Practicing what we preach, we have also been recognized on various occasions for our work within the industry. We are graduates of Leadership Georgia ('18). Caroline placed third in the nation in 2019 for the Excellence in Agriculture award by American Farm Bureau. In 2022 we were named the Upper Chattahoochee Soil and Water District Habersham County conservation farm of the year. In recognition of our dedication and commitment to agriculture, teXga was honored with the Excellence in Agriculture award for Habersham County in 2023. Most recently teXga was named among the Bulldog 100 in 2024 for one of the fastest growing UGA graduate owned businesses (Caroline c/o 2011). It is true what they say - When you love what you do - you never work a day in your life!
A little bit more about us -- We love our community! We are members of Level Grove Baptist Church in Cornelia. We both serve as REACH Mentors for the Habersham County School system. Kyle is a member of the Habersham County Farm Bureau Board of Directors. Caroline serves as a trustee on the Georgia 4-H Foundation board, and is a member of the agriculture advisory committees at North Georgia Technical College and Habersham Central for ag industry studies.
We want our customers to know us and understand our passion and vision for raising beef and pork. If you like and trust us we hope you’ll consider buying some of our proteins... and begin making memories with your friends and family around a grill.