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BOONE, N.C. — Faith leaders in the High Country have collaborated with Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture to host this event, featuring panel speakers, facilitated discussion, and breakout sessions. The Food and Faith Gathering aims to strengthen the network of faith communities growing, redistributing, and sharing food as a part of their faith witness, as well as introduce people who are new to this work to ways they can become involved.


“Across the High Country, faith leaders are coming together to build a vibrant and just food system. Some are growing food for their neighbors. Some are raising money so that every family can eat good food. Some are ensuring that our children have food when they are not at school. Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture envisions an equitable local food system that protects the environment, strengthens the local economy, alleviates hunger and poverty, and improves community health. We are excited to partner with our region’s faith community in hosting the High Country’s first Food & Faith Gathering to bring together diverse voices working towards this vision,” stated Dave Walker

Important Information

Date: Saturday, May 19th

Time: 9:00 AM – 2:45 PM

Location: Boone United Methodist Church (471 New Market Blvd. Boone, NC 28607)

Cost: Suggested $5 donation

Goals of the Gathering

  1. For folks who are already doing Food & Faith work to connect and see where the needs are within our community. We believe that there are things happening here, but we need to figure out what are the next steps. We need to create synergy and build a stronger network.
  2. For folks who are new to or interested in Food & Faith work to learn more about how they can become involved. This means engaging fellow community members, offering introductions, and providing connection points.


Coordinating Organizations

Blackburn Community Outreach, Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture, Boone United Methodist Church, Casting Bread Food Ministries, Faithbridge United Methodist Church, F.A.R.M. Cafe, Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI) USA, Resourceful Communities, Village Vision.


9:00-9:30 AM – Welcome by Laura Byrch (Boone UMC)

9:30-10:30 AM – Speaker Panel moderated by Christina Bailey (Village Vision) and featuring Matt Gundlach (Beatitude Gardens, Blackburn Community Outreach) and Tommy Brown (F.A.R.M. Cafe)

10:30-12:00 PM – World Cafe Roundtable – All are invited to participate

12:00-1:00 PM – Lunch provided by F.A.R.M. Cafe. During lunch, participants are invited to share what they know about our community on the Asset Map and add their skills to our community bank, also known as “Notes on the Wall”

1:00-2:15 PM – Focused Tracks  

Introduction to Food & Faith Work in North Carolina Crowdsourcing Food & Faith Work in the High Country
This track will be geared towards folks that are new to Food & Faith work. Michelle Osborne of Rural Advancement Foundation International will facilitate this track, sharing how communities across North Carolina have used Food and Faith to build stronger, more vibrant futures. This group will work to distill the work from the World Cafe section, the Asset Map, and Notes on the Wall. It will be organized by participants that join this group, answering: What ways are we already working together? What ways can we better work together? What are some next steps?

2:15-2:45 PM – Closing – Participants from Crowdsourcing Food & Faith Work in the High Country will share ways that we can move forward.



For additional information about the High Country Food & Faith Gathering visit, or contact Dave Walker, Programs Director for Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture at or 828-386-1537.