Tucked away in the dense, misty woods of Mathias, West Virginia, on the road above the historic Mathias School House, sits Old School Poultry. The Fansler family holds a long and rich history of farming: all four of their farms are located in Mathias, West Virginia, and all four of them produce chicken for SVO. At Old School, Daniel and Ethan Fansler raise chickens with the help of the littlest Fansler, Brantlee. Daniel and Ethan were raised on the Fansler family farm, and as they put it, they “loved it and never looked back.” Once other Fanslers joined up with SVO, David and Ethan followed suit. With a little Fansler toddling around Old School, I expect there’ll be a fifth Fansler farm in about 20 years.

Lynda Bostrom