The Quest Farm Story
Quest Farm… started as a dream… became a reality… continues to give meaning to life and hope to the future.
Quest Farm, Inc. was born from a special needs Sunday School class that started more than thirty years ago. After working in the class for a number of years, the teachers watched the children become adults and realized that their needs were present seven days a week rather than just on Sunday. The teachers decided to establish a place that would provide these adults with the opportunity to live and work where they could be productive and happy. With these thoughts and dreams in mind, the teachers in the class formed a Board of Directors and incorporated Quest Farm. Joe and June Richey, a couple educated, trained, and experienced in working with people with developmental disabilities, felt called by God to quit their jobs and begin this new adventure. They were on a quest to put quality into the lives of people with developmental disabilities.
The search for a farm soon began. After months of searching, Quest Farm found a 26-acre farm nestled in the hills of Scott County, Kentucky. Joe went to the bank to get a loan and the bank wanted $50,000 for a down payment. This was the first of many hurdles.
So Joe and June, along with the Board of Directors, spent the summer of 1984 writing letters to everyone they knew and raised about $30,000. It was getting close to closing time and everyone had exhausted all their contacts. They kept praying and hoping they would somehow come up with the money. Two weeks before the closing, a letter and a check from a man in Oklahoma arrived on their desk. The amount of the check was $20,000 (just what they needed)! This was the first of many signs that this was truly a ministry touched by the hand of God.
The farm had one residence, a barn, and a tractor. Joe and June moved in with three male adults and the dream of Quest Farm became a reality. As the word spread about the miracle of Quest Farm, so did the list of families who were interested. The need kept getting greater and greater and Quest Farm started to grow. Joe and June soon had six male adults living with them. Another residence was built in 1986 on the farm for another six male adults and not long after (1988), a third residence was built which housed six adult women. Currently, the farm has three homes, a barn, farm equipment, a new barn with office space, four greenhouses, eighteen residents, and fifteen additional adult day training participants who contribute to Quest Farm.
Quest Farm, Inc. is a non-profit organization, with a rotating Board of Directors who monitor the financial and operational aspects of the farm. Joe and June Richey have stepped down from the position of executive directors but are still very active with Quest Farm. It is the intention and hope of Quest Farm to operate on room and board, state funding, and donations and grants from generous, caring people and businesses. It is the confidence and support of parents, guardians, community clubs, churches, businesses, and interested individuals, that is needed to make Quest Farm a continuing success.
The philosophy of Quest Farm is that the individuals should be able to develop independent living skills, be productive citizens, maintain an attitude of self-worth, attain their highest degree of mental, spiritual, physical, and vocational achievement, and most importantly, be contributing members of the community while maintaining their individuality.
The Quest Farm name and logo were inspired by the words from the Broadway musical, The Man of LaMancha. “This is my quest, to follow my star.” Because we believe that every person has the right to make this quest, we adopted this logo depicting a hand reaching for the star. It was created by Richard Russell of Nashville, Tennessee. It is the desire of the staff and Board of Directors that individuals will have the opportunity and encouragement to pursue his/her star.