Jason Stevens: Owner   |  jason@haystackmtn.com

While working alongside Lloyd at Maple Leaf, Jason started Great Basin Seed in 2004 as an independent business venture. In 2015 siblings Jason, Eric and Heidi purchased Maple Leaf from Lloyd and merged the efforts and resources of both companies. Jason graduated from Utah State University with a BA in 1997. His roles include government sales, corporate sales, production contracts, internet sales, advertising and marketing, grower contracts and native seed collection efforts. Never satisfied with the status quo, he keeps things interesting with new ideas and ventures. When not at work he enjoys floating rivers, hiking, rock climbing, camping, hunting, shooting sports, exploring and world travel. His greatest joys in life are his wife and children.

Eric “Zeke” Stevens: Owner   |  zekehh1@gmail.com

With a background in mechanics and construction, “Zeke” manages day-to-day operations, facilities and production lines, construction and expansion projects, and our fleet. He maintains grower relations and a network of dealers. He manages truckload freight and during harvest season is found in the combine cutting grain. Hobbies include hunting, shed hunting, fishing, shooting and the outdoors. He and his wife Lydia have four daughters and a son who also loves the outdoors. Eric is a dedicated public servant. He has been an active member of the Ephraim Fire Dept. for twenty-five years and the Sanpete County Search and Rescue for fifteen years.

Heidi Stevens: Owner   |  heidi@haystackmtn.com

As a part owner of Great Basin Seed, Heidi manages our receivables, payables, and other roles including LTL freight, payroll, and office functions. She started her career with Maple Leaf after graduating from Snow College with a degree in Business Management. Her knowledge and insight is invaluable to the operations of the company. She is a great asset and is such a joy to have in the office! Aside from the time she spends managing the company, Heidi is an avid animal lover and outdoor enthusiast. She spends her extra time loving and caring for her cherished cats, and even makes time to visit Utah’s national parks, catch newly released movies, or craft new projects.

Lloyd Stevens: Founder   |  snowman@haystackmtn.com

Our journey in the seed industry started with Lloyd. He started Maple Leaf Seed Company in 1974 with a few small bags of seed and a dream. He turned it into a thriving, influential and competitive business. Maple Leaf was highly influential during the CRP days of the early 80’s (see page 22). Under the influence of his opportunistic eye, gregarious nature and entrepreneuring spirit Maple Leaf has been a major contributor in agriculture, disturbed land reclamation and fire rehabilitation in the western USA for 45 years. He sold Maple Leaf to Jason, Eric and Heidi in 2015 and they combined Great Basin Seed and Maple Leaf into one business. Lloyd is enjoying partial retirement and still comes into the office to do business with his friends and share his talents with us. He is truly one of the godfathers of the native seed industry.

Ky Banta:  Supervisor, Sales Representative   |  ky@haystackmtn.com

Ky oversees days-to-day operations including seed processing, packaging, mixing and personnel. He also serves a growing list of wholesale clients. Ky started as a part-time employee in high school. His 18 years of experience has been a great asset in maintaining a highly functional operation. He loves the outdoors, and hobbies include motorsports and guns.

Mary Simmons: Sales Representative  |  mary@haystackmtn.com

Mary is one of our head seed sales representatives. She handles an array of responsibilities including management of online, over-the-phone, and walk-in orders, coordinating LTL and full truckload freight, and handling most of our customer relations. Mary is a wealth of knowledge and has just celebrated her four year anniversary with Great Basin Seed. Aside from her career, Mary continues her involvement in agriculture by managing a small alfalfa operation and working with her horses. She is an active student. She loves to assist her parents with their family trucking company and has aspirations to acquire a master’s degree through Southern Utah University. 

Daysha Marozzo: Sales Representative, Logistics  |  daysha@haystackmtn.com

Daysha graduated from Weber State in 2022 with a bachelor’s degree in sales and marketing. She is part of our sales team and assists with logistics and freight delivery coordination. Her background in structural and architectural drafting has been valuable for various projects. In her free time she enjoys crocheting, embroidery, reading and time outdoors.

Lissa Bradshaw: Compliance Specialist, Administrative Assistant  |  lissa@haystackmtn.com

Lissa is our Compliance Specialist and Administrative Assistant. She’s pursuing an agricultural business degree at Snow College. She aspires to start a horse breeding business after graduating. She spends her free time working on her family’s farm and chasing their cows across the western desert, roping and being outside.

Alyssa Olson: Receptionist, Mail & Web Order Fulfillment  |  alyssa@haystackmtn.com

Alyssa was born and raised on a ranch in northern Utah. She married a local farmer/rancher from Ephraim, and has loved raising her own children in agriculture. She enjoys riding horses, painting, working along side her husband, and spending time in the mountains with family and friends.

Payton Stevens: Receptionist, Mail & Web Order Fulfillment  |  payton@haystackmtn.com

Payton is a receptionist and works in order fulfillment. She has worked for Great Basin Seed since she was twelve years old. She attends Snow College and is working to complete a business degree in hopes of taking over the family business one day. She enjoys swing dancing, traveling, and hanging out with her friends.

Megan Timothy: Web Order Fulfillment  |  megan@haystackmtn.com

Megan was born and raised in southern California, and moved to Utah in 1995. She enjoys working at Great Basin Seed part time while balancing her time as a mother and wife. Megan is responsible for shipping all of the orders. She is valued as an employee because of her honesty, attention to detail, and ability to listen and help those in need.

Kaytlynn Ransom: Marketing, Website Developer  |  kaytlynn@haystackmtn.com

Kaytlynn manages the company’s websites and digital marketing. She has been a full-time employee since 2017. Our e-commerce site and business websites were designed and developed by her. Kaytlynn works remotely from her home in Salt Lake City, UT. She likes to travel, paint, and spend time in nature.

Noah Stevens: Marketing, Filmmaking & Photography  |  noah@haystackmtn.com

Noah has worked for “the family business” on and off his whole life. In 2021 he was hired as a full-time content creator, specializing in graphic design, cinematography, filmmaking and photography. He oversees all of Great Basin’s social media profiles, works on the website, and designs product packaging. He loves western swing dancing, weightlifting, roping and being outside.

Tanner Denton: Grain Elevator & Facilities Management

Tanner has deep roots in central Utah. He graduated from Manti High School and earned a BBA from Montana Western University. He chased and trained wild horses in Texas after college. He moved to Colorado and managed MolsonCoors Beverage Co.’s malt barley elevator and spent six years learning the trade. He joined Great Basin Seed to return to Central Utah. “I’m thrilled to join this close-knit family.”

Denver Ross: Crew Foreman, Daily Operations

Denver is the foreman of our “yard” crew and leads our employees to get your orders picked, mixed and shipped. He is the man running the machinery and makes it all come together. Because of his efficiency and ability to get things done quickly, Great Basin Seed has a very short turnaround time on orders. Denver is an avid outdoorsman and hunter, who spends most of his free time in the mountains with his wife and baby girl.

Chris Timothy: Crew Foreman, Daily Operations

Chris is the foreman at our office location. He oversees the completion of our online orders, custom mixes, and seed cleaning. During the winter months he works with Denver to clean and prep our native seeds. When he’s not working at the office, he enjoys traveling with his family and spending time in the gym, both for himself and training others.