DENNIS FARMER

Husband, Father, Author, CEO and Leader

About Dennis Farmer

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 was 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. Farmer’s 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 concepts of recovery 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 a treatment program that was focused on individualized care. Born of his personal experience having a difficult time finding help, or help that didn’t feel like an assembly line, 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 others” 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 principles of recovery, 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 am 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.” 

With the success of the flagship location of Legacy Village, LLC – the Oregon Street Recovery Center – the opportunity to relocate came about in late 2020. The new location, with more than 25 acres of land and ample therapeutic spaces was an answer to prayer and soon, with some bittersweet moments, the entire operation was relocated to Nipomo, California and renamed appropriately from “Legacy Village – Oregon Street” to simply “Legacy Village”.

Mr.Farmer’s love of Country, and his unwavering gratitude for those who served this Nation, led to a fundamental shift in program philosophy in 2020. It was at that time Legacy Village became an exclusive veteran only facility. In his words, “it is a way to give back – to be of service to those who have served.” 

In January 2022, Legacy Village secured its new and permanent location on 10 Acres in Arroyo Grande, California where a remodeled, state-of-the-art facility is under construction. The new facility is slated to open by the end of 2023. 

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 Bridge Central Coast Church and remains a member of the Vanguard Christian Center Board of Directors. He is active in the recovery community and advocacy for increased access to drug and alcohol treatment for our service members.

Quotes From The Book

“I faced a crisis of the soul that demanded I face God with all my transgressions. In so doing, I confronted the devil … perhaps the actual devil or perhaps the one inside me that drove me to live the way I did. Nonetheless, it was as close to hell as I ever hope to get.”

“We had no future plans, no ideas for making money, no hope of ever finding a home, again. We had no wants or desires and, frankly, I think, deep down, didn’t plan to live long, although we never talked about that.”

“So, if you’re down and out—especially if you did it to yourself—don’t despair. There is a place for you in this world. In fact, you probably have a much bigger role to play than you could ever imagine. It is those of us who have seen the very gates of Hell that have the brightest vision of Heaven.”

“His spiritual money was naturally crisp. It didn’t even need to be ironed.”

In Memory of Orville Scott Farmer

To Dad, now you have all the answers. | October 6, 1957 – February 24, 2023