ONA - Wild blackberries and raspberries line the gravel drive leading to Mil-Ton Farms in Cabell County.
Much of the 100-acre tract of rolling land is forested and clearing it is a slow, ongoing process, Stephanie Appleton said. She, her mom and her husband own the farm and live on the property.
"We all do a little bit of everything," she said. "We have eggs, chicken and pork. We sell mostly meat, eggs and baked goods using the products we have."
Duties fall according to the time and abilities each family member has to offer.
Stephanie, 42, is generally on site to tend the animals and also takes care of public relations as well as selling products.
Her husband, Tim, 37, works at Kerr's Music World and does much of the physical farm labor with assistance from their son, Kellen, 15. The younger children help care for the animals and make baked goods and include Lydia, 11, Nolan, 9, and Vivian, 7.
"I pick berries, bake brownies and feed the bunnies," Vivian said.
"I make raspberry muffins and feed the dogs and cats," Nolan said.
Lydia, who pitches in wherever she is needed, is known for her Lydia's Lemon Bars.
Stephanie's parents, Linda and Paul Miller, first bought the land eight years ago. Linda, 62, takes care of the bookkeeping. Paul Miller passed away three years ago.
"When my parents bought the property, there was no clear land or electricity," Stephanie said. "The roads we use are old logging roads. Every inch we clear is used. We probably use 20 acres total."
The farm was named Mil-Ton as a combination of the two names Miller and Appleton.
"We have small amounts of everything," she said. "We have about 75 laying hens, two roosters and 200 meat birds. That is ever changing."
On a recent day, 150 baby chicks were due to arrive at the local post office. Chickens are raised for eggs and meat.
"We process chickens," she said. "We can do 1,000 a year at home without inspection. This year we are trying to get to 1,000. We have had predator issues.
"We just process rabbits for ourselves. We take the pork to Nelson's in Ona for processing."
Turkeys are a new addition to fowl this year. There are four adults as well as two babies that hatched in March. There were 15 babies, but predators got most of them.