Lee & Beth Hitzfield were married in 1981 and began their farming career together as conventional row crop producers and confinement livestock operators. Much has changed since 1981. Inspired by their personal journey to persevere through family health difficulties, Lee and Beth developed a passion and vision to change their farming methods and pursue practices that would help heal and nourish the land and those who would eat of its harvest. As a result, Seven Sons Family Farms was founded in 2000 with the goal of reaching individual consumers with nutrient-dense pasture-raised foods. Today Lee and Beth are responsible for the broad oversight and direction of our operations.
Meet Blake, the 1st son! Blake is the CRO of Seven Sons and primarily oversees our cattle and hog operations.
In addition to overseeing day to day farm operations, Blake is responsible for the careful planning and management of livestock grazing rotations, winter stockpile reserves, forage rotations as well as animal health and genetic improvement.Through several years of trial, error and success in pasture-based farming, Blake has many insights to offer others and routinely provides consulting to producers venturing into pasture-based livestock production.
Blake married his high school sweet heart (Kim) in November of 2004. Together they have five beautiful children; Evalyn, Adalaid, Easton, Ryder, and Granger! When Blake is not at work he enjoys… working some more! (ha ha). Blake is a driven individual and when we can get him to take a break he enjoys spending time with his family, gardening, and reading. His favorite book is “Extreme Ownership” by Jocko Willink! If you give Blake a Seven Son’s chocolate milk and a fishing pole, he is one happy camper!
Blake sets the stage and models an amazing work ethic of his brothers, family, and team! He adds a lot of structure, yet brings a lot of laughter to the farm! We are so grateful for all Blake does for the farm and our supporters!
Meet Blaine, the 2nd son! Blaine holds the title of CEO of the Seven Sons Farms team!
During high school Blaine pursued an interest in marketing and business. Blaine's unique interests served as an integral part in helping his family develop a growing business, and has provided many opportunities and a platform for his family members to share in their own successes.
Among many things, Blaine spends most of his time managing and communicating our high level vision to the founders and leadership team of Seven Sons Farms. Blaine is also involved in strategic hiring, building partner relationships both inside and outside the company.
To put it simply, there isn’t much Blaine doesn’t or can’t do!
Blaine married his high school sweetheart Charis in April of 2006. Together they have five beautiful children - Bryton, Tyton, Charley, Lilly, and Julianna!
Blaine’s favorite color is green and he spends a lot of his spare time reading. “Living Forward” by Michael Hyatt is one of his all time favorite books. Blaine also enjoys house projects, fishing with his kids, and planning!
When asked what inspires him, Blaine responded, “Solving problems. Connecting dots. Creating/discovering synergy. Progress/results. Seeing and enabling people to improve and thrive.”
When asked what characteristic he is most proud of, Blaine said, “Leading and inspiring people with a purpose.”
Blaine has been a huge driving force for Seven Sons and we are grateful for his willingness to share his knowledge and passions and help his team thrive!
Meet Brice, the 3rd son! Brice originally started our poultry operations in 2011. He now oversee’s our egg processing department and also heads up our poultry equipment business, Hengear!
A few of Brice’s main responsibilities are ensuring proper fulfillment and logistics, marketing products, and communicating and establishing partnerships for Hengear! Brice has a creative and inventive mind and thrives on engineering and developing new products and ideas to solve problems both here on our farm and others as well!
Brice know’s no strangers and loves hanging out with family, friends, and meeting new people! He also enjoys dancing, reading, and exercising in his spare time. Brice’s favorite color is “forester green” and his main food group includes our legendary “Seven Sons Hotdogs.”
Brice is inspired most when he and the rest of his brothers are able to collaborate and plan new ways to improve and grow Seven Sons!
When asked what characteristic he is most proud of, Brice said, “My positive personality and my discipline.”
Brice brings a lot of laughter to our family and our business and we are so grateful for what he contributes daily!
Meet Brock, the 4th son! Brock wears many hats here on the farm. He is extremely talented when it comes to filming and video editing - Most of what you see on our website and other social media accounts are Brock’s amazing artwork! Brock is our in house content creator for our Seven Sons, GrazeCart, and Hengear businesses!
Some of Brock’s main responsibilities include creating new graphics for the website, capturing photos and videos for our newsletters and social media accounts, and most recently he oversees all of our content videos for our new Farm Life Show on Youtube!
Brock married his sweet wife, Katrina in January of 2018. When Brock is not at work he enjoys spending time with his family and their dog Max. He also enjoys reading and playing many pickup sports with his brothers and friends. When it comes to movies he has a few favorites in the running…
1.) Gladiator 2.) Lord of the Rings Trilogy 3.) Starwars Eps 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6! Surely noted that Eps 7, 8, & 9 do not make the cut! ;)
When asked what characteristic he is most proud of, Brock said he is most proud of his ability to relate to people!
He is most inspired by those who apply themselves to create and build upon their interests!
Brock has stepped up greatly and helps bring our farm to life for our amazing supporters to experience digitally! We are so excited for what the future holds for Brock here on the farm!
Meet Brooks, the 5th son! Brooks holds the title of COO of the Seven Sons Farms team and is also heads up our software business, GrazeCart.
Some of Brooks’s main responsibilities include assisting in high level strategic business planning and goal setting, executing operation and technology focused changes / innovations, and identifies and negotiates new partnerships.
Brooks married his beautiful wife, Catherine in September of 2017. Brooks is a life-long learner. He enjoys spending time learning about a wide variety of topics, and has a creative and inventive mindset. His favorite book is, “Atomic Habits” by James Clear. He also enjoys reading, exercising, fishing, and spending time with his wife and family. Brooks’s favorite color is red and his favorite movie is, “Interstellar.”
When asked who inspires him most, Brooks responded, “Andy Andrews. His heart and passion for living an extraordinary life have guided a lot of my decisions in my life!”
Brooks is most proud of his spontaneous and optimistic personality, as well as his will for achievement!
Brooks has played a vital role in the growth of our direct marketing business and he is excited for his future with Seven Sons & GrazeCart!
Meet Bruce, the 6th son. Bruce has chosen to pursue opportunities with our poultry operations at an early age. Bruce works directly with his brother Brice to manage 5,000+ hens. Bruce's goal is to continue to bring growth, innovation, and direction to the poultry operations as we move forward.
Bruce married his wife, Alyssa in May of 2019. When Bruce is not working he enjoys spending time with his family, learning new things, and thinking of ways to improve his operations!
Bruce’s favorite color is blue and his favorite movie is Lord of the Rings!
We are grateful for what Bruce brings to the family and to the team and we look forward to a bright future!
Meet Brandt (aka baby spice), the 7th son! Brandt may be the youngest, but he is quickly catching up and running with his older brothers! Brandt is our chart man and creates some of the most wild spreadsheets and systems only he can manage - But somehow it works! And it works well!
Brandt’s main responsibilities include monitoring our supply chain and product availability, marketing, and managing quality control for our products!
Brandt married his sweet bride (Marissa) in May of 2020. When he is not at work he enjoys playing basketball, board games with his family, and taking nature walks with his wife and dog Freya. His favorite color is green and his favorite book is “How to Win Friends & Influence People” by Dale Carnegie.
When asked what characteristic he is most proud of, Brandt answered, “Meekness.”
We love Brandt’s goofy personality, passion for the business, and knack for operating strategic systems. Brandt is a crucial part of what makes Seven Sons tick!
Kim joined the family in November of 2004 when she married Blake (the 1st son). She is a happy mother of two daughters and three sons. Kim has become an integral part of our marketing efforts. With a knack for photography she is responsible for most of the photographs seen on our website including our product photos. Kim also heads up the Seven Sons blog.
When Kim is not at work she enjoys spending quality time with her family, playing piano, and learning about nutrition across the board!
We are so grateful and blessed for Kim and for the skills she brings to our marketing team!
Charis joined the Hitzfield family in April of 2006 when she married her high school sweetheart Blaine (the 2nd son). She is a happy mother of three little boys (future farmers) and two beautiful daughters. In addition to homeschooling and helping her husband with his busy travel schedule, Charis helps with event planning, customer care, and pretty much any needs that arise on a regular basis. Charis is a great support to both her husband Blaine and the farm!
Charis’s favorite color is pink. She is an avid coffee drinker and enjoys shopping and spending time with each of her sister-in-law’s as well as her immediate family!
When asked what inspires her, Charis said, “God! With all of His beautiful and artistic creation!”
Charis is most proud of her characteristic of giving! Charis has a knack for remembering her friends and family’s most special days and celebrating them with thoughtful notes and or gifts!
We are so thankful for Charis’s unending positivity and encouragement at Seven Sons!
Catherine joined the Hitzfield family in September of 2017 when she married her childhood sweet heart, Brooks (the 5th son). She has wore many hats on the farm, but currently works as an Executive Assistant to Blake, Blaine, and Brooks!
As a former elementary teacher, Catherine’s keen eye to details, organization, and planning has been a great help to the business!
When Catherine is not working at the farm, she enjoys doing anything outdoors! Exercising, playing sports, and cooking healthy meals is where she thrives!
Her favorite color is blue. Her favorite movies are: - The Guardian - The Prestige - Pearl Harbor
Catherine’s hidden talent is that she is a sharp shooter on the basketball court. In high school she won the National Three Point contest 3 out of 4 years running.
Catherine has been a light to our family and our business!
We welcomed Hayley as a full time member of our team in the 2018 as a customer service and administration representative. Hayley has brought immense value to our team and quickly climbed the ladder to become the General Manager of Seven Sons!
As a former General Manager who lead a large staff in the foodservice industry, you can bet that Hayley knows how to keep us on our toes and keep the ship running smoothly - While also keeping everyone laughing and maintaining a fun environment for all!
Her favorite color is orange - Bright and spunky just like her personality!
Her hidden talent is that she can play the flute & piccolo!
Hayley enjoys gardening, being with her husband, and spending time with her 3 beautiful granddaughters!
Hayley also enjoys opportunities to travel and spend time with close friends. One of her favorite placed to travel to is the Bahamas 🏖
Chad earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy in 2001 and went on to practice pharmacy in long-term care until July 2011. After a decade of monitoring and managing sickness and disease with medications as part of a healthcare team, he was inspired to help others become more proactive with their health.
He and his wife started and have since led an online health and fitness coaching business whose goal is to help adults be more active, eat more nutritiously and achieve their desired health outcomes.
In growing that business, Chad identified some key principles that he consistently noticed contributed to the success of their business and created happy, successful clients and customers.
An avid learner, Chad has gone on to further study and develop skills related to better connecting with and an achieving a "successful partnership" with new and existing customers. He has actively sought out high-level mentorship, completed multiple certifications and courses, and tested and put into practice the latest thinking in marketing, copywriting and email marketing in eCommerce.
Molly joined our team in 2020 as our Support Manager for our online software, GrazeCart! When Molly is not at work she enjoys cooking, entertaining friends, and learning about food, crafts, culture and science! She is also an avid coffee drinker and loves to find new and unique local coffee shops!
Molly’s favorite colors are earthy greens - which matches her down to earth personality.
Her hidden talent is storytelling!
When asked what characteristic she is most proud of about herself, her answer was “empathy.” Which we believe has been a great trait when working with our supporters!
Corrie joined our team in 2020 as one of our main support representatives! When Corrie is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family, baking/cooking, as well as playing piano, singing and acting!
One unique trait Corrie has is that she is an AWESOME cook and has a special interest in helping others with various food allergies learn to cook tasty meals!
Her favorite color is blue!
Her role model is her sister-in-law Anna because, "She is an incredible wife and mother and an amazing sister and friend. She is very patient and wise and yet super chill. She let's me have such an active role in helping to raise her children and makes me feel important and loved and part of the team."
When asked what character trait she likes most about herself, she said she is dependable and flexible! ... And we agree! :)
Corrie is a great asset to our team and is ready to answer any questions you may have!
We're happy to say John joined the delivery team and began driving for us in the summer of 2018. He's done a great job! High quality person. We decided to ask a few fun questions so you could learn a little more about him. What do you enjoy most about working at Seven Sons? - "Meeting the new customers and also knowing with every box, you are delivering highly nutritious, excellent quality food to every individual."
Favorite hobbies or pastimes? - "I love trout fishing and also going on a nice hike. Camping and anything outdoors."
Favorite meal(s)? - "Big fan of Mexican food."
What inspires you? - "To be a loving husband and to be a good role model to my son Austin." Favorite destinations/places to travel to? - "Love to visit the National Parks around the country. One of my most memorable places has been climbing Mt. Whitney which is the tallest mountain in the lower 48 states at 14,200ft." Any secret talents? - "I dont want to boast, but I enjoy and am fairly skilled at wood working."
We welcomed Clinton as a full time member of our team in 2020 as our head Warehouse Manager. Clinton came in ready learn with a passion for our mission.
As a former warehouse supervisor for Walmart, Clinton has brought a wealth of knowledge and is eager to help us create effective systems to keep things running smoothly!
When Clinton is not at work he enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife and adorable little girl! He also enjoys golfing, projects around the house, and watching/playing sports! Clinton is a die hard New York Jets fan!
When asked who inspires him most, Clinton responded, “My dad has always been an inspiration to me and I've always strived to be like him. He was always my motivation to work harder because I wanted to do what he did and to even do it better or faster.”
Clinton has a natural sense of humor, and an optimistic/positive personality! A trait that we believe will be valuable in his leadership role!
Elliot joined our team in the Spring of 2020 as part of our office and warehouse fulfillment team.
Elliot previously worked as a fulfillment coordinator for a large business in Warsaw, IN. His keen eye to details, organization, and management has been a huge boost in getting orders out in an effective and accurate manner!
Fun fact about Elliot is that he is a cousin to the Seven Sons brothers! Elliot is always on the move and enjoys working out, being outside, experimenting with different diets (Whole30, Carnivore, Keto, Etc), and spending time with family and friends.
He is an avid Chick-Fil-A & Lakers fan. His favorite color is blue and the “Dark Knight” is his favorite movie.
Elliot brings a fun personality to the office and warehouse team and is a friend to everyone!
Austin (AKA “Sauce”) joined us in 2019 as part of our Warehouse Fulfillment team. Among many other things, he helps get our delicious products to your door safely and accurately!
Austin is a quick learner and has become an integral part of our warehouse fulfillment operations team. He is steady, consistent, hard working, and easy to get along with!
When Austin is not at work, he enjoys exercising, playing video games, and modifying his car (A real talent he has!). The New Orleans Saints are his go to football team and if you add Almonds as a snack, it’s a good day in Austin’s world.
When asked who inspires Austin, he responded, “Jesus. He persevered through hardships and persecution and sacrificed himself for all of us.”
His most proud of characteristic is his altruistic nature… And we can testify to that!
Austin has been a great employee and coworker to all. We are excited for his future!
Chandler is part of our Warehouse Fulfillment team. Among many other things, he helps get our delicious products to your door safely and accurately!
Chandler has an awesome work ethic, is a quick learner, and a natural leader. Chan’s favorite color is red (or blue), his favorite movie is “Gladiator,” and he loves just about any flavor of ice cream! When Chandler is not at work he enjoys reading, exercising, and is a lead singer in a band!
When asked who inspires him most, Chandler responded, “If I had to narrow down the list to people outside my sphere of influence, it would have to be Jordan Peterson, Michael Hyatt, and John Cooper. Each of these men, in there own right, influenced people to take ownership of their lives and move forward towards a better tomorrow.”
Chandler is most proud of trait is his desire for self improvement. He believes there is always something new to learn, something to get better at, and something new to attempt! :)
Chandler has been an awesome addition to the team and we are grateful for the way he encourages his teammates to grow along with him!
Kathryn joined our team in 2019 as a member of our warehouse fulfillment team! Kathryn has been an amazing employee who works hard and is a quick learner!
When Kathryn is not at work she enjoys playing with her dog, hiking, reading, and gardening! Her favorite color is blue and her favorite movie of all time is, “Pride & Prejudice” (The BBC mini series version).
Kathryn is inspired by Dolly Parton and said, “She is a woman of faith, incredibly hard working, generous, and unabashedly herself.”
Kathryn’s loyalty is her most proud of characteristic trait!
We are grateful for all that Kathryn brings to our team and are excited for the future!
Austin is part of our Warehouse Fulfillment team. Among many other things, he helps get our delicious products to your door safely and accurately!
His favorite sports team is the Dallas Cowboys and his favorite movie is, “Harry Potter.” One of his favorite books is, “The Power of Habit: Why we do what we do in life.”
When Austin is not at work, he enjoys skateboarding, working out, and cooking. He is a man of many talents and can play 8 different instruments!
When asked who inspires him and why he answered, “I aspire to be like is Robert Downy Jr, it really inspires me because he came from such a bad background of drugs and alcohol and he turned his life around. It proves no matter how far you have sunk you can pull your self out of it.”
Perseverance and Determination are Austin’s most proud of characteristics.
We are very lucky to have such a hard working individual on our team and we are excited for his future!
Zach is part of our Warehouse Fulfillment team. Among many other things, he helps get our delicious products to your door safely and accurately!
When Zach is not working he enjoys hanging out with his friends, building things, and playing video games. Zach’s favorite color is green and his hidden talent is that he is really good at working on and fixing computers!
When asked who his biggest role model in his life is, Zach said that it was his dad! :)
We welcomed Jabez (and his two brothers, Jesse & Joseph) to the team in 2020. Jabez has been a unique addition to the Seven Sons team and has quickly climbed the ladder within our poultry operations as one of our lead managers in the field.
Jabez’s favorite color is dark red. He loves all kinds of fruit - but apples are not considered a favorite in his diet! You can find Jabez watching Star Wars Revenge of the Sith, sword fighting, hanging out with friends, or reading his Bible when he is not working!
Jabez’s hidden talent is that his midi-chlorian count is higher than Yoda!
When asked who inspires him most, he responded, “Jesus, because he was perfect and full of mercy and love. Solomon, for his wisdom and outlook on life. And Paul, for his desire to share the gospel.”
Jabez is most proud of his ability of getting along with almost anybody!
We are so glad to have Jabez on the team and for the joy he brings!
Maddie is a high school student and works part time in the poultry operations department. Maddie helps take great care of our laying hens and helps get our farm fresh eggs safely to you!
When Maddie is not working she enjoys reading, playing golf, and hanging out with friends and family! Candy corns, cantaloupe, the color green, and Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith are a few of her favorite things! She also enjoys the book, “The Outsiders” by S.E. Hinton!
When asked who inspires her most, her answer was “My mom and dad. My mom is a kind and helpful woman and my dad is the smartest and hardest working person I know.”
We are grateful to have Maddie and her two siblings (Lanie & Jacob) as part of the Seven Sons team!
“Lanie” is a high school student and works part time in the poultry operations department. Lanie helps take great care of our laying hens and helps get our farm fresh eggs safely to you!
When Lanie is not working she enjoys shopping, hanging out with her family, and reading! Her favorite book is “Les Miserables.” Lanie’s favorite sports team is the “Golden State Warriors.” And her favorite movie is “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.”
When asked who inspires her most, her answer was “My mom! She’s so amazing and she does so much for my family and I love hanging out with her.”
Lanie’s most proud of her character trait of loyalty! Something we believe will be a great asset to her future career and all relationships in life!
We are grateful to have Lanie and her two siblings as part of the Seven Sons team!
Sarah is a high school student and works part time in the poultry operations department. Sarah helps take great care of our laying hens and helps get our farm fresh eggs safely to you!
When Sarah is not working she enjoys art, reading, and learning to play guitar and piano! She has a love for music and finds that it is the thing that most inspires her and motivates her on a regular basis!
Sarah has a fun personality that loves to laugh!
We are grateful for the positivity and laughter Sarah brings to our farm!
Katie joined our team in 2019! She works part time primarily under Brice (the 3rd son) with his Hengear enterprise! Katie does a great job managing her school schedule and putting in hours when she can to help get orders out the door.
When Katie is not at school or at work she enjoys spending time with friends and family, watching movies, and reading! Her favorite color is blue and she has a real knack for drawing!
When asked who inspires her and why, Katie responded, “I have so many..Amy Wilson (Seven Sons’s CFO), she is amazing and just the sweetest person. She has so much joy and spirit within her. She inspires me to be kind, to work hard and enjoy life. I look up to her. Although, Jesus and the way he lived is the greatest inspiration to me.
Katie has a kind spirit and is a great help to our team!
We welcomed Joseph (and his two brothers, Jesse & Jabez) to the team in 2020! Joseph has been a phenomenal asset to our team and has a variety of skills working within our poultry operations as well as our farm management team!
Like his brothers, Joseph also brings an immense amount of positivity to the crew! His favorite color is blue and his favorite movie is Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory!
When asked who inspires him and why, Joseph responded “God. He loves me and promises to be with me forever. I would go to the end of the world with him.”
Joseph’s most favorite characteristic about himself is that he is consistent! - and we can testify to that!
Joseph consistently brings laughter, positivity, and a good work ethic to work each and every day!