This week's Featured Farmer is based in Roanoke, IN:
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Check out our Q&A session below!
What is your farm name and how did you come up with it?
Seven Sons Family Farms was established in 2000 by Lee & Beth Hitzfield and their seven sons. Our mission is simple: to produce nutrient-dense foods that heal and nourish our land and those who eat of its bounty.
Where do you sell your eggs?
Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Michigan and Kentucky. Order online.
How many birds do you have?
How do you house your chickens?
Mobile hoops moved across the pasture.
What do you feed your chickens?
Non-GMO corn/soy based feed ration along with pasture browsing.
What are your birds favorite treats?
Earth Worms :)
What is your favorite breed of chicken?
What do you like best about raising chickens?
We like the regenerative benefits the hens bring to our land.
Which came first, the chicken or the egg?
The chicken of course.
Are there any other animals or produce on your farm?
Cattle, Pigs and Sheep.
What else would you like your community to know about your farm?
Beginning in the 1980s thru the early 1990s we operated a conventional row crop and confinement hog operation producing pork for IBP and later Tyson Foods. As a result of a family health matter, we became aware of the problems that plague our conventional food system and how it is affecting the wellbeing of consumers. Through our personal life experiences we have come to the belief that how we manage our soil, plants and animals will directly affect the physical and mental health of those who consume the products of our farming choices.
In the late 1990s we embarked on a journey to transition our farm to a sustainable multi-species pasture based farming and direct marketing operation. After years of much effort, learning and dedication, our vision was eventually realized as a successful farm-to-consumer food business that thousands of dedicated patrons know as Seven Sons Family Farms. The vocation of bringing food to your table is not just a business to us, but also a personal ministry and responsibility that we take very seriously!
Blaine Hitzfield (2nd Son)
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