Dan & Diane Hesterberg - Visionary Founders
We were married in 1989 and have been blessed with five children. In 1995 we began conventional row crop farming producing corn, soybeans, and wheat. The difference began in the late 90’s when we started converting some of our cropland into a natural pasture-based system. Soon we began raising chickens on pasture and next came beef cattle. Much has transpired since then as our passion and vision for producing healthy and nourishing food has grown.
Directing farm operations and caring for the livestock are Dan’s chief responsibilities. Diane is our secretary, handles marketing, and manages the farm store.
Seth Hesterberg - Crop Production & Mechanic
With a fondness for a steering wheel in his hands, Seth is actively involved in crop production. One of his favorite jobs is baling hay and he prides himself in producing top quality hay for our herd’s winter feed. In the shop, Seth helps keep our equipment running smoothly. He also operates Cornbelt Custom ATV which is an ATV repair, accessories, and service business here on the farm.
Elizabeth Hesterberg - Livestock Operations
With a love for all animals, Elizabeth can usually be found in the barn or pastures. She has a small herd of miniature donkeys which our customers enjoy. She is the brooder manager, but also pitches in to help with cattle whenever needed. Elizabeth is in the planning and research phase of a fresh milk dairy. She would like to one day offer fresh, unpasteurized milk to our customers through our farm store.
Taylor Fox - Livestock Operations & Marketing
Joining our team on a part-time basis in the spring of 2019, Taylor assists with livestock and crop production. Taylor and his fiance Ashley Homan are planning a summer wedding in 2019. At that time, she will also be joining the farm operation.
Taylor operates Fox Family Farms and Fox’s Livestock Fencing. He will be marketing meat products produced here at Sonrise Farms under the Fox Family Farms label. His online store and delivery schedule can be accessed below.