Approximately one-third of Johns Island, South Carolina, lies within the city limits of Charleston. Originally settled by the Kiawah Indians long before the days of English colonization, the island has been home to the Legare family since 1725. They began as farmers growing indigo, sea island cotton and raising cattle. In the 1800s the farmers introduced Irish potatoes and tomatoes to their line of crops. Today, Legare Farms is known for its vegetables, antibiotic-free cattle, chickens and pigs.
Tapping into the burgeoning agricultural tourism market has allowed the family to weather the financial storm that has beset their lives over the last few years. Helen Legare shares ownership of 375 acres on the island along with her brother, Thomas, and sister, Linda Berr. The majority of the farm’s profits come from its “agri-tourism programs,” which include: field trips, spring picnics, summer camp, fall harvest dinners, Pumpkin Patch activities and the re-enactment of a Civil War battle.
The “Rent-A-Chick” program will run from now until Easter. This project usually entails several hundred chicks that are rented out in pairs to local families at the cost of $25 per pair of chicks. The price includes a kit containing instructions on care and feeding, a newspaper-lined box and some feed. As a bonus, when the chicks are returned to the farm, a voucher is dispensed, which entitles renters to a dozen eggs when the egg laying season begins anew in the autumn months.
So rent a pair of chicks and keep the Legare family tradition happy and alive.
The clever Rent-A-Chick program is a new way to apply that old saying about lemons and lemonade.
Besides, it’s all for a good cause and…. it keeps the chickens happy too.