Helen Legare-Floyd, Linda Legare-Berry, and Thomas S. Legare continue the Legare Farms legacy as the ninth generation to farm on the island.
Helen Legare Floyd
Helen Legare Floyd graduated Clemson University in 1981 with a B.S. degree in Agronomy and a minor in Horticulture. She later joined the family business in 1986, after working for the USDA for a few years.
She has taught Turf Management numerous times at Trident Technical College, as well as being a frequent speaker for various events such as the Charleston Garden Show, Master Gardener groups, and other various garden clubs. Helen has been a guest panelist on ETV’s Makin It Grow. Helen works with various landscapers as a consultant on turf problems.
Helen oversees the Community Supported vegetable program for the farm. She runs the hayrides to feed the cows during October’s pumpkin time. She writes the farm’s monthly newsletter and answers all of the farm’s e-mail. Helen uses her many years of experience to oversee the re-nourishment plant nursery and fruit trees production.
Helen is chairman of the S.C. Farm Bureau Horticulture commodity committee. She served on Clemson Extension Horticulture Advisory Committee. She is a member of the Horticulture Advisory Committee for Trident Technical College. Helen served on the Board of the South Carolina Nursery and Landscape Association and was President for 2006. She is a member of the Heritage Corridor’s Farmers Association Board. She served as President of the Clemson University College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences Alumni Association for 2010-2012. She was the first women to ever hold this office. Helen serves on the SC Department of Agriculture Agri-tourism Association's Board and is the President of the Board.
Thomas Legare, Jr.
Thomas Legare, Jr. has been working on the family farm all of his life. He has been a full-time farmer since leaving high school.
He is a past president of the S.C. Sod Growers. He serves on the Legislative Board for the S.C. nursery and Landscape Association. He is a member of the Clemson Extension county and state Advisory Board.
Thomas is active in the S.C. Cattleman’s Association and serves on the state board. He is past president of the Lowcountry Cattlemen’s Association. He is a member of the Lowcountry Antique Tractor and Engine Club. He is active in several groups working to protect Johns Island.
Thomas is founder and Co-Chairman of Concerned Citizens of the Sea Islands. Thomas is past Chairman of the Sea Island Council of the Chamber of Commerce. He has served on the Metro Chamber of Commerce Board.
Linda Legare Berry
Linda graduated from Georgia Southern University with an undergraduate degree in Theater and a graduate degree in Education. She taught school for a short time then had many jobs including running her own landscape company. In 1998 she joined the Legare Farms staff and became integral to starting the Education Foundation and the agritourism programs at the farm. She oversees the Education Foundation and organizes most of the events at the farm.
Linda has one daughter Sarah who she homeschooled all 12 years of school. She is an active member of the Johns Island Presbyterian Church. She is a member of the 27th SCVI a reenacting group and a member of the Avinger Chapter of the UDC.