Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Farm Aid: Helping the little guy

There's nothing like some good music for a good cause. Heck, OYFP has even held its own charity concert!

Enter the annual Farm Aid concert, started by Willie Nelson, Neil Young, and John Mellancamp over 20 years ago. Dave Matthews, yet another heavy hitter, joined the board in 2001. Basically, a bunch of kick-butt musicians get together and play some foot-stomping music to raise funds for the Farm Aid organization, which works to assist the small family farms across the United States.

While they're not exactly handing cash over to the owners of the family farms, they are funding organizations that help the farmers, and raising awareness of the farmers' importance to that full feeling in our belly - oh and that pesky national security thing.

This year, the concert will be held on October 20 at the Comcast Center in Mansfield, MA. They're supposedly sold out already (Darn it! Why am I always the last to hear about these things?), but rumor has it there are tickets still available... but worst case scenario there's always next year., r you could go all technological and watch the webcast on FarmAid.org starting at 4 PM or on DirectTV's The 101 Network (ironic that it's on DirectTV at the Comcast Center).

If you're interested in reading more about family farmers, peruse the FarmAir.org website, the Family Farm Defenders website, or the Community Alliance with Family Farmers site.

Related Posts: Videos from OYFP's Charity Concert; Patio gardens & City growing; Find local food locally; Fruit in the city
Photos courtesy of Casey and the Farm Aid site. Thanks to Danielle for the story idea!

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