Statistics show that 1 in 6 people don’t know where they will find their next meal.  Food insecurity remains a front-burner issue in cities and towns across the country.

Six years ago, a philanthropic thought turned into a successful business model. Today, F.A.R.M. Cafe operates in the heart of Downtown Boone as a pay-as-you-can community kitchen. Their mission is 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. Rev. Tommy Brown discusses the origin and history of this unique eatery and how the local community has rallied to support their efforts on this week’s Mind Your Business, a weekly radio program produced in partnership between the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce and High Country Radio.

Brown describes a self-sustaining business model that sees 25% of the annual operating budget coming from fundraising efforts. The remainder of their budget is generated through donations at the door during the daily lunch rush.

“People come in and donate what they can,” said Brown. “If they can donate more they are helping to feed others. If they donate less, people are helping to feed them. They can also volunteer in exchange for a meal. So everybody in the community is included.”

This Friday, March 31st, F.A.R.M Cafe hosts their 4th-annual Real Good Party at Meadowbrook Inn and Suites in Blowing Rock. Suggested donations for admission are $30 for adults and $15 for students. Additional information and a link to purchase tickets can be found here.

Mind Your Business is a weekly production of the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce. The program highlights chamber members and allows for a deeper conversation about their history, impact on the community, and upcoming events. To hear your business featured on the program, contact David Jackson at

Tune in each Thursday at 10am for Mind Your Business on WATA (AM1450/96.5FM).

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