By Jesse Wood
Aug. 29, 2013. The airing of a F.A.R.M. Café staff member receiving the E-Town’s E-Chievement Award will air on NPR and other public and commercial radio stations from Wednesday to Tuesday, Sept. 4 to 10, according to F.A.R.M. Café Executive Director Renee Boughman.
A former intern nominated Boughman and the nonprofit, pay-what-you-can community kitchen for the coveted award, which according to the E-Town’s website is an accolade for “true everyday heroes,” those:
“Folks who are quietly working behind the scenes, helping to make their communities a better place. Perhaps it’s someone in your own hometown, or it could be a person you’ve heard of or read about, whose efforts inspire you.”
Boughman said she found out about the award in June and recorded an interview, accepting the award and describing her work, for the upcoming airing in July.
“We are very excited about this,” Boughman said. “We are really thrilled and glad it’s happening and are very appreciative of the award and thankful for all the volunteers and community support that helped us get it.”
This isn’t the first award that F.A.R.M. Café has received. Less than two years ago, the national United Church of Christ gave the restaurant a Justice and Peace Award and last November it won the Spirit of Farm City award at the Watauga County Farm City Banquet.
Click here to find stations that air E-Town or how to listen on the E-Town website after it airs next week.
As for the restaurant, Boughman said business is holding “very, very steady and very busy.”
“I think more people are starting to figure out that we are here and always fighting that education of people understanding that they are welcome – that all are welcome,” Boughman said. “People say, ‘I didn’t know I could eat here. I thought it was just for people of less means.’ [Then I say] No, everybody is in this together.”
F.A.R.M. Cafe is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
F.A.R.M. Cafe’s vision is to eliminate hunger in the High Country.
F.A.R.M. Cafe’s 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.
To learn more about F.A.R.M. Café, click here.