The ninth generation to cultivate the 300-acre farm, Helen Legare Floyd, Linda Legare Berry, and Thomas S. Legare continue the agricultural legacy started by their ancestor Solomon Legare in 1725. The kin raise hormone- and antibiotic-free Black Angus and hereford cattle, hormone-free chickens, and fine-heritage pigs such as yorkshire and hampshire. Concerning the plant kingdom, their fields yield chemical- and pesticide-free vegetables. They round out their output with homemade jams, jellies, pickles, and salsas, making their food available through a co-op program, whose proceeds help fund seed, fertilizer, and water for the next season. Beef, pork, and eggs are also offered for sale.
Food aside, the family shares its farm's resources by inviting visitors onto the grounds for numerous events throughout the year. A fall festival in October includes a 10-acre hedge maze, horse rides, and a scarecrow factory where guests can create a scarecrow. The farm hosts historical reenactments of the Battle of Charleston in March, three-hour hayride and bonfire excursions in November through March, and educational programs for youngsters including chick rentals for the classroom. Other agritourism offerings include summer camp, bonfires, birthday parties, and field trips.
The wanton demolition of the world’s rainforests painfully demonstrates that it doesn’t take much for someone to remove a tree, which is why Palmetto Tree Service’s founder, ISA-certified arborist Robert Thompson, seeks to bring environmental responsibility to his services. Though he and his team do everything they can to preserve our bark-covered friends—including pruning for health and fertilization—sometimes removal is unavoidable because of irreparable damage or disease. In those cases, Palmetto donates $1 to the Arbor Day Foundation for each tree it removes while providing staffers to extend their arms as a place for weary birds to rest. Palmetto Tree Service also lends its services to clearing the damage caused by hurricanes, the most recent of which have been Charlie, Ivan, Wilma, Katrina, Ike, and Irene. Its respect for all things green is also the driving force behind its use of AlturnaMats, which protect lawns when heavy equipment is needed to complete a job.
U.S. Army veteran and owner of Avets Lawn Care, Robert Dunleavy manicures yards back to front with an arsenal of turf taming services. After evicting wayward dandelions, petulant crab grass, and pyromaniacal garden gnomes from the yard, Robert enlists a no-mercy mower to trim blades to an even cut and wields a precise edger to keep driveway borders neat and tidy. Ferocious gusts from the mouth a leaf-blower remove freshly shorn grass remnants and leave lawns as neat and green as Mr. Clean’s wallet on payday. In addition to basic weeding and mowing up-keep, Avets also treats fairways to mulching, hedging, and fall clean-up services. Though prices vary by project and yard, customers can expect to pay approximately $45 for full-service mowing, weeding, edging, and clean-up.