Archive for the ‘Farm Aid’ Category
In early February, Farm Aid was honored at the GRAMMY Foundation® Legacy Concert. As part of the celebration, this video highlighting Farm Aid’s history and work was played and Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp performed. The GRAMMY Foundation made a grant to Farm Aid to support our Music Preservation Project.
Willie Nelson and Lukas Nelson perform a cover of Pearl Jam’s “Just Breathe” at the Farm Aid concert in Saratoga Springs, NY on September 21, 2013. Farm Aid was started by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp in 1985 to keep family farmers on the land and has worked since then to make sure everyone has access to good food from family farmers. Dave Matthews joined Farm Aid’s board of directors in 2001.
For more information about Farm Aid, visit: http://farmaid.org/youtube
In the 1980s, family farmers faced a crisis the likes of which hadn’t been seen since the Great Depression. Plummeting farm product prices and land values, rising interest rates, troubled credit markets and unfair lending practices pushed tens of thousands of farms out of business, forcing millions of people off their land.
It was in this context that Willie Nelson, joined by John Mellencamp and Neil Young, organized a groundbreaking concert in 1985 to raise awareness and funds to help America’s family farmers, sparking a family farm movement that continues to this day. Dave Matthews joined the Board of Directors in 2001, adding another strong voice to Farm Aid’s work. This timeline features highlights from Farm Aid’s thirty years of action for family farmers and the Good Food Movement.
SEE THE TIMELINE HERE:
SEE VIDEO HERE:
“Farm Aid supports a food system that is democratic, independent, competitive and locally based. This isn’t an exercise in nostalgia, it’s a commitment to a way of life. These are values worth fighting for.”
–– Eric Schlosser
Farm Aid’s mission is to build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America. Farm Aid artists and board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews host an annual concert to raise funds to support Farm Aid’s work with family farmers and to inspire people to choose family farm food. For 30 years, Farm Aid, with the support of the artists who contribute their performances each year, has raised $48 million to support programs that help farmers thrive, expand the reach of the Good Food Movement, take action to change the dominant system of industrial agriculture and promote food from family farms.
The 30th Annual Farm Aid Concert will take place September 19. As always, Farm Aid board member Willie Nelson will be a part of the organization’s annual show.
Willie recalls, “The first Farm Aid concert featured more than 50 artists on one stage. In the 29 years since, hundreds more artists have given their time and talent to support family farmers. This year, we would like to invite even more artists to join us onstage as we celebrate family farm agriculture.”
John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews and Neil Young are also on the Farm Aid board. We’ll keep you posted on the details for Farm Aid 2015 as they are announced.
Farm Aid has raised more than $45 million for family farmers across America since that first concert in 1985.
We’re thrilled to announce that Farm Aid’s 30th anniversary concert will take place on September 19! We’ll fill you in on the rest of the details, like the concert location and lineup, as soon as possible.
“The first Farm Aid concert featured more than 50 artists on one stage. In the 29 years since, hundreds more artists have given their time and talent to support family farmers. This year, we would like to invite even more artists to join us onstage as we celebrate family farm agriculture.” –– Willie Nelson
“The legacy of Farm Aid is twofold: in the change we’ve made in our farm and food system, and in the rich musical record of concerts held since 1985. The list of artists who have played on the Farm Aid stage is a who’s who of the best artists of our time.” –– John Mellencamp
John and Willie made the announcement last night while representing Farm Aid at the 17th annual GRAMMY Foundation Legacy Concert, where our organization was honored for its ability to harness the power of music for social change as the longest running concert for a cause.