President, TKM-Bengard Farms
Michael Basore is President of TKM-Bengard Farms, a fourth generation family farm located in Belle Glade, Florida. TKM is the largest lettuce producer east of the Mississippi, producing over 6,500 hundred acres of lettuce and harvesting approximately one hundred million pounds of iceberg annually.
In 2011, American Vegetable Grower magazine presented TKM with its 10th annual Grower Achievement Award at the United Fresh Public Policy Conference in Washington, DC. As a company, TKM-Bengard has grown over 200% in the last 10 years.
Michael shares responsibility for key functions of the farm with his five brothers. His primary focus is on managing the harvest operations. Michael is instrumental in developing and implementing new technical and agricultural advancements in the day-to-day operations of the farm.
Michael and his wife, Tammy, live with their children, Myles and Sara, in Wellington, FL. Strong relationships throughout the extended Basore family lies at the core of TKM's success.