Economic Analysis of Business Practice
We have something like this, called Poteger's, right next to campus. See www.yelp.com/biz/potager-arlington
I suspect it will do ok. Charity style, donation based enterprises often do very well for themselves, churches for example.
If they really believed in this model, they wouldn't have set it up as a separate non-profit. This is nothing but a PR campaign and tax shield.
Still going strong. http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/food/2011-05-16-panera-pay-what-you-can_n.htmalthough, I wonder how this would work out in a community without an affluence similar to Brentwood, TN
http://theemattmarxkors.hubpages.com/hub/St-Louis-Bread-Company-CaresAn interesting breakdown of who/what/how the place is still in operation. Do we count all those volunteers as subsidies though?