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 shares his knowledge consulting with 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 for his brothers, family, and the Seven Sons 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 Seven Sons Farms!
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 and 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 six beautiful children - Bryton, Tyton, Charleston, Lillianna, Julianna, and Houston!
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 and connecting dots, creating/discovering synergy, progress/results, and 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. He thrives on engineering and developing new products to solve problems both here on our farm and others' farms as well!
Brice doesn't know a stranger 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 Katrina, their son Brock Jr., 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 Seven Sons Farms and 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 childhood sweetheart, 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. Brooks 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 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 wife and two kids (Arthur & Penny), 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 by Kim and 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 four 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!
Her favorite color is blue. Her favorite movies are: - The Guardian - The Prestige - Pearl Harbor
Catherine has been a light to our family and our business!
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 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.
An avid learner, Chad has further developed his skills related to better connecting with and maintaining 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. Chad officially became part of the Seven Sons team in 2022.
We welcomed Hayley as a full-time member of our team in 2018 as a customer service representative. Hayley has brought immense value to our team and quickly climbed the ladder to become our Director of Operations at Seven Sons!
As a former General Manager with experience leading 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 4 beautiful granddaughters!
Hayley also enjoys opportunities to travel and spend time with close friends. One of her favorite places to travel to is the Bahamas 🏖
Elliot joined our team in the Spring of 2020 as part of our office and warehouse fulfillment team. He now heads up Client Success for our software business, GrazeCart.
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 team and is a friend to everyone!
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!
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!