The thought for F.A.R.M. Cafe came to be in the year 2009, when a group of citizens from High Country United Church of Christ who were very concerned with the area's rampant hunger needs. So, they discussed a community kitchen concept that was actually operating quite successfully in Salt Lake City, Utah, (Called One World Cafe) Convinced that a similar restaurant could possibly work in the High Country as well, This group formed a committed board of Directors and started ambitious community awareness and fundraising campaigns.
Along with befriending the founder of One World Cafe in SLC (Denise Cerreta), who visited Boone and offered valuable insight and some advice for how to operate 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 of 2012, F.A.R.M. began leasing the soda fountain space in Boone Drug Downtown, which is a 100-year old building on Boone's Historic King Street. For more than a decade Boone's Drug's soda fountain served the community as a social gathering place, and F.A.R.m. Cafe will continue in that specific tradition by providing a place for all to come for a hot meal. In May of 2012, F.A.R.M opened its doors and has continued to offer healthy and delicious food to the community members, regardless of the means.
The opening continued success of the F.A.R.M. Cafe would have not been possible without the immense support of High Country community and their tremendous amounts of financial contributions (both large and small.)
"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."
F.A.R.M strives to be an all inclusive cafe, serving people from different walks of life with dignity. with a 90% volunteer staff, anybody can work an hour in the cafe in exchange for a hot meal. in addition to our volunteers, we have "pay-it-forward" patrons who in fact pay more than the suggested donation for the meal, which in turn helps cover the cost for those who cannot pay at all.