A rambling dirt drive climbs a long, gradual slope, leading to the seven chicken houses of Mountainview Farms, Inc. Situated near the Camp Branch and Bears Hell streams in Baker, West Virginia, this five-generation farm is as much of a landmark as the ancient trees surrounding it. The first two houses, built by farmer James’ dad, Denzil, in 1969, were joined by a third in 1980, followed by two that James built in 1988, and two more in the 1990s. Today James and his son Travis run this massive operation in addition to raising cattle. They appreciate the changes SVO has brought to their poultry farm because it’s simply a better environment for the chickens, which means a better product for you, the consumer.

When not doing the vital work of farming, James and Travis love to take to the woods for some bear hunting or ride horses together.

Lynda Bostrom