As the sun crests the breathtaking mountains surrounding Pleasant Hill Poultry Farm in Rio, WV, one can almost hear all five generations of the Daugherty family gearing up for a busy day. Lyle and Brenda Daugherty purchased the farm from Brenda’s father back in the 1980’s. Son and daughter Jason and Holly, who helped on the farm as kids, are now partners in the family business. With that kind of experience, anyone in the family can handle any task on the farm, and that’s exactly what they do, be it feeding and watering the birds, cleaning out the four chicken houses, or monitoring the birds’ health and happiness. When a new flock of chicks arrives, Lyle and Brenda’s sons-in-law and grandchildren lend a hand. The Daughertys say they “feel blessed” to grow for SVO and feel proud of what they produce. This level of control is often lost when growing for larger corporations. Because farming is, for this family, a 24/7 job, they stick together during their downtime, too — camping together or hosting lively family gatherings.

Lynda Bostrom