Farmer Mike has been farming since childhood. His family has a long tradition of raising chicken and cattle, and he helped his father and grandfather on the farm almost every day. Today, he, his dad, Bernie, and his brother, Mark own their own chicken houses – all within a stone’s throw of each other, in Mathias, WV.
His wife, Glennia, takes care of the books, and his daughter Kathy, son-in-law JC, and grandson Clinton help get the houses ready between flocks and sometimes help out with the many daily walk-throughs. Mike likes to do 5 walk-throughs each day to check on the welfare of the chickens, let them outside, and monitor the air quality and temperature of the houses, even though he is only required to do two.
Mike began his partnership with SVO based on one of our growers telling him how satisfied they were working with us. With SVO, farmers have “better chickens and more profit for all of our hard work.”
When he is not tending the chickens and the season is in, Mike likes to spend time hunting. “I feel we are a unique family because we try to get along with everyone and help others out as needed.”