Slow Food Boone, a local chapter of Slow Food International, is based in the High Country and was organized two years ago. The local chapter works to advocate for farmers and artisans who grow, produce, market, prepare and serve wholesome food. Members also promote the celebration of food as a cornerstone of pleasure, culture and community. The group seeks to raise public awareness, improve access and encourage the enjoyment of foods that are local, seasonal and sustainably grown. Slow Food seeks to create dramatic and lasting change in the food system by reconnecting Americans with the people, traditions, plants, animals, fertile soils and waters that produce our food. The organization works to inspire a transformation in food policy, production practices and market forces to ensure equity, sustainability and pleasure in the food we eat.