Chief Executive Officer
Dennis S. Farmer, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Legacy Village, LLC was raised in Shafter, California, a small farming town in the Central Valley area of the State. At 24, he took an entry level position with the State of California and promoted through the budgetary and accounting fields to become the Head of Accounting for Kern Valley State Prison. Experiences during his tenure included the activation of two prisons, management of budgets and fiscal policy, coordination with legislative accounting and budgetary affairs, internal control development and implementation, financial security audits, executive level administration of accounting, finance and budget policy.
Through his late 20’s a struggle with alcohol became more pronounced, and by his early 30’s alcohol began to affect his personal and professional life. Mr. Farmers addiction to alcohol had resulted in two failed marriages and was taking an increasing toll on his professional life and personal health. It was here that he entered rehab for the first time but was clearly not convinced he had a drinking problem. A second failed attempt at sobriety would lead him on a dangerous and destructive two-year path, that would almost cost his life. At 135 pounds, with serious health troubles, Mr. Farmer found his way into treatment a third and final time. “I truly began a real process of recovery, embracing the 12-Steps and most importantly, reconnecting with my faith in God” said Mr. Farmer. “I was lost, and I knew without help I wasn’t going to make it much longer.”
It was during this final treatment experience, that despite sound advice against making long-term plans, Mr. Farmer had a vision for more accessible and affordable care in his own community. Born of his personal experience having a difficult time finding help locally, he felt led to the design and building of Legacy Village. “It is my belief that my experience was not solely, or even predominantly for me – but rather so I would be equipped to help other” said Mr. Farmer, who went on, “God has saved me from this affliction, literally from the threshold of death for a reason, and that reason wasn’t to keep it to myself!”
Legacy Village soon became a primary professional pursuit. Since that time, it has developed into an exemplary model for addiction treatment and recovery services. “We are proud of our commitment to individualized care, and we are proud to be part of so many success stories” said Mr. Farmer. “It is with an unapologetic faith in God, and a daily adherence to the 12 steps, that I remain sober – just for today, and that I’m able to actively participate in the work of Legacy Village, and in life.” According to Mr. Farmer, “Through the services we offer I’m able to give back, give away the solution that I found to others who still suffer. We’re not just providing help or a way to get clean or sober – we’re giving people a chance to recreate a Legacy, for them and their families.”
Today Mr. Farmer is remarried to wife Erica, and together they are raising a blended family with three daughters, Leila, Alyssa and Emily and son Anthony. Mr. Farmer, in addition to his leadership of Legacy Village, is an active member of the Vanguard Christian Center where he serves on the Board of Directors. He remains active in the recovery community and local advocacy for increased access to drug and alcohol treatment.