For the Fanslers, farming is a family affair. Mark Fansler has been farming since he was but a sprout, helping his father and grandfather on their farm almost every day. Today, he, his dad, Bernie, and his brother, Mike, each own chicken houses, all within a stone’s throw of each other in Mathias, West Virginia. Mark and his wife Lynise have owned their farm for more than 25 years, and now their son Brett shares the day-to-day operation of the farm, maintenance of farm vehicles and equipment, daily inspections of the poultry house, and management of a cow calf operation, not to mention making hay and growing corn for silage. The Fanslers made the choice to grow for SVO after almost 25 years of raising birds as conventional growers. They loved the idea of having control of their farm and the way the chickens were raised. Impressed with the high quality of the chicks, organic feed, overall healthier living conditions, and fair compensation, their choice was an easy one.

Lynda Bostrom