Michelle and Rick Backpacking in the Black Hills
Michelle and Rick Backpacking in the Black Hills
Michelle
Michelle
Backpacking in the Bighorn Mountains
Backpacking in the Bighorn Mountains
Michelle's sisters - Bernadete, Rosemary, Michelle, and Teresa
Michelle's sisters - Bernadete, Rosemary, Michelle, and Teresa
Veronica and Mike with Grandpa Lesselyoung in '94
Veronica and Mike with Grandpa Lesselyoung in '94
Rick
Rick
Veronica and Mike in '97
Veronica and Mike in '97
Mike, weighing and labeling chickens
Mike, weighing and labeling chickens
The band
The band "Subliminal Rebellion", performing at the Sturgis BAM Festival - Veronica, Mike, Jack, and Nick
Mike and Veronica in '94
Mike and Veronica in '94
The Bear Butte Bluegrass Band - Rick, Michelle, Tony, and Alex
The Bear Butte Bluegrass Band - Rick, Michelle, Tony, and Alex
Mike, welding
Mike, welding
Interns Marisa and Kalee with Michelle
Interns Marisa and Kalee with Michelle
Veronica with Dogs and Sheep
Veronica with Dogs and Sheep
Mike
Mike

About Bear Butte Gardens

Bear Butte Gardens is a small-scale garden and greenhouse business owned and operated by Michelle and Rick Grosek.  We are located on 120 acres about five miles northeast of Sturgis, South Dakota.  Bear Butte Gardens was established in the spring of 2010 and became USDA organic certified on August 6th, 2012.


Bear Butte Gardens is a family-based business with strong connections to our community.  Our son, Mike, and our daughter, Veronica, are an integral part of this business.  We also utilize the talents of interns from both Sturgis High School and Black Hills State University, as well as paid employees and volunteers.


We are locals, growing up in this general area.  Michelle was raised in the Newell and Belle Fourche communities, while Rick was raised in the Lead/Deadwood communities.  Mike and Veronica grew up here in Sturgis.  Michelle and Rick both graduated with bachelor degrees from National American University in Rapid City, SD.  Our family interests and hobbies have included many outdoor activities such as hiking and backpacking, and music.  We founded Sturgis Center for the Arts, a 501(c)3 non-profit arts-based organization in 2005, and managed it for about seven years.  Rick has been the Senior Database Administrator at Regional Health since 1998.


After living on this land for approximately 15 years and being just somewhat involved in the stewardship of the land, we made the decision for Michelle to change her career from a very computer-driven position as Director of Sturgis Center for the Arts to a more soil-driven position on the farm.  Rick is still living in the IT world, but looks forward to stepping away in a few years and spending more time on the farm.


Can't separate this farm from this family!

Arial photo of Bear Butte Gardens from a drone
Arial photo of Bear Butte Gardens from a drone
Michelle
Michelle
Michelle and Rick and Bluegrass
Michelle and Rick and Bluegrass
Veronica
Veronica
A sleigh ride with Grandpa Grosek
A sleigh ride with Grandpa Grosek
Three generations of Grosek men - Mike, Grandpa, and Rick
Three generations of Grosek men - Mike, Grandpa, and Rick