OUR VALUES

 

The food we serve is raised and prepared with the same care that we serve at our family table: simple, traditionally, from scratch and with love. 

We practice land-healing agriculture and supply the vast majority of the food on the menu from our 300-acre farm, kitchen garden, and the farms and gardens of our friends and neighbors. We also purchase from local and regional vendors who share our values. 

We treat everyone and everything — customers, staff members, vendors, livestock, companion animals, earthworms, soil microbes, the Haw River, our shared atmosphere — with reverence and respect. We believe in and pay a living wage. Hence the name, Reverence Farms and Cafe. 

The table we share is sacred, and we value the connections between neighbors. We desire to continually create a place where conversations lead to greater understanding and love between us. In as much as we are able, the animals and plants in our care live according to their design — our cows, sheep and goats graze and browse rotated pastures; the pigs, turkeys and chickens scratch, dig and root through continually fresh forage and are fed a locally milled, certified organic, whole-food ration. Our beef and dairy calves drink whole milk on mama cows until at least seven months of age, and our animals are generally left intact and unadulterated.

Farmer John of Dinner Bell Farm NC delivering his loved lettuce mix. He grows produce on nutrient-dense soils with his wife, Stephanie Munz Campbell, who also works with the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association. (Check out Dinner Bell's CSA.) This is local economy. Malik (left) and Jen celebrate every nourishing transaction. Jen also painted the "reverence" definition on the wall in back.

Farmer John of Dinner Bell Farm NC delivering his loved lettuce mix. He grows produce on nutrient-dense soils with his wife, Stephanie Munz Campbell, who also works with the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association. (Check out Dinner Bell's CSA.) This is local economy. Malik (left) and Jen celebrate every nourishing transaction. Jen also painted the "reverence" definition on the wall in back.

We believe the regeneration of our communities begins with the regeneration of soil. We compost everything possible in the cafe and on the farm, turning what would be a liability for our children’s future into a living asset. 

Our foods contain little or no undesirables. We strive to avoid genetically modified organisms (GMOs), trans-fats, processed salt, monosodium glutamate (MSG, including hidden forms), chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides, flavoring agents and anything else that wasn’t in grandma’s pantry. We believe in the inherent health of natural systems, and strive for wholeness in every way. 

It is our privilege to serve you, and we are grateful for the opportunity to do so. Your presence here contributes to life, and life in abundance. 

 
We heal the land and ourselves with a daily devotion to wholeness in all that we do.
— Suzanne Nelson Karreman