The idea for F.A.R.M. Cafe began in 2009 when a group of citizens from High Country United Church of Christ who were concerned about the area’s unmet hunger needs discussed a community kitchen concept that was operating successfully in Salt Lake City, Utah. It was called One World Cafe.
Convinced that a similar restaurant could work in the High Country, this group formed a committed Board of Directors and started ambitious community awareness and fundraising campaigns. They also befriended One World Cafe’s founder, Denise Cerreta, who visited Boone and offered valuable insight and advice for operating a successful community kitchen.
Board members have traveled to other parts of the country to observe these restaurants, volunteer in their kitchens and participate in annual One World Everybody Eats Foundation conferences.
In January 2012, F.A.R.M. Cafe began leasing the soda foundation space in Boone Drug Downtown, a 100-year-old building on Boone’s historic King Street. For decades, Boone Drug’s soda fountain served the community as a social gathering place, and F.A.R.M. Cafe will continue in that tradition by providing a place for all.
In May 2012, F.A.R.M. Cafe opened its doors and has continued to offer healthy and delicious food to community members, regardless of means.
The opening and continued success of F.A.R.M. Cafe would have been impossible without the tremendous support of the High Country community and their many financial contributions – both large and small. Thank you!
...is to build a healthy and inclusive community by providing high quality & delicious meals produced from local sources, served in a restaurant where everybody eats, regardless of means.
Nearly 22% of Watauga County residents live at or below poverty level, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. In Northwest North Carolina:
F.A.R.M. Cafe strives to be an all inclusive cafe, serving people from all walks of life with dignity. With a 90% volunteer staff, anyone can work an hour in the cafe in exchange for a meal. In addition to our volunteers, we have "pay-it-forward" patrons who pay more than the suggested donation for their meal, which helps cover the cost of those who cannot pay at all.
YOU CAN HELP relieve hunger in OUR COMMUNITY by supporting F.A.R.M. Cafe – either by paying a little extra when you eat at our restaurant or by making a gift.
We are proud to be a part of the One World Everybody Eats Movement. This movement includes more than 30 community cafes around the country and persists through the efforts of numerous individuals, businesses, and communities.
- Click here to learn more about the One World Everybody Eats Movement -
how it works
F.A.R.M. Cafe is a non-profit,
pay-what-you-can community kitchen that builds a healthy and inclusive community. We provide high quality and delicious meals produced from local sources when available, served in a restaurant where everybody eats, regardless of means.