Here’s a HOMEGROWN Youthmarket moment from Farm Aid 2014!
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“Farmers need and appreciate events like Farm Aid that give us the opportunity to reach so many people. I hope and pray with Farm Aid we can make major strides in taking back control of our farms. This is an issue that touches all people.”
— Craig Watts, North Carolina Farmer
Thank you for supporting family farmers with a gift to Farm Aid today. Your donation supports our work to build a family farm food system that protects our farmers, our communities, our planet and our health — all of us!
With your help, family farmers can fight… to stay on their land, to grow good food for all of us, to raise a new generation of farmers to take care of our soil and water. Thanks for doing your part by donating to Farm Aid today.
Have you ever doubted the value of what you are doing? Have you ever asked yourself, “Does anybody really care?” I have.
Farming can be a lonely job sometimes. Not long ago, I was in a rut. It seemed to me that people didn’t really care about what my family grew for them, or how we did it.
But then a tornado destroyed our family’s farm. We did not have the resources to rebuild. We wondered if this was the end of our family business and our purpose of more than 30 years. Things were looking pretty bleak. But an amazing thing happened.
People from all over the country began to reach out and encourage us. I was blown away by the fellowship among our community. I was strengthened by our network of friends. Volunteers showed up at the farm to help us rebuild. We were energized again for the first time in a very long time.
Farm Aid was there for us in the first days after the tornado. They sent us a relief check that week. It felt good to talk to a person on the other end of the line, knowing that we mattered to Farm Aid and that they valued our family’s commitment to the land and our customers.
Several of our customers gave us checks and begged us to stay in business. They said they needed us. Peyton, a young girl here in North Texas, collected money from her friends and presented a jar to me with more than $750 in it. She calls us “her farm.”
Farm Aid, our community, and our country rallied around us and gave us the hope we so desperately needed. Giving a person hope — that is crucially important and it makes a huge difference. I’m asking you to make a contribution to Farm Aid today. I know there are family farmers all over the country like me, who could use a little hope right now.
Thank you for your support,
P.S. Please support Farm Aid with a tax-deductible gift today! You and I can work together to change our food system.
Family farmers are among the most innovative and inspiring people I know. Let me introduce you to one of them…
Craig Watts is a contract poultry grower in North Carolina. He raises chickens for a company that can terminate his contract at any time, for any reason, without notice. Companies like these have so much power they can prevent laws from being passed that would level the playing field for farmers. They can keep farmers like Craig in limbo, in debt, and in fear that they could lose their livelihood at any time.
But Craig won’t be silenced. He feels so strongly that the system needs to be changed that he speaks out as often as he can, including on the Farm Aid 2014 stage. Craig’s courage inspires me, and reminds me how crucial Farm Aid’s work is every day.
Craig said, “Farmers need and appreciate events like Farm Aid that give us the opportunity to reach so many people. I hope and pray with Farm Aid we can make major strides in taking back control of our farms. This is an issue that touches all people.”
With your support, family farmers can fight… to stay on their land, to grow good food for all of us, to raise a new generation of farmers to take care of our soil and water.
Let family farmers know that they are not alone. Let them know they are valued, and they are needed. Thank you for standing up for family farmers. I’m glad I can count on you.
Stay Strong and Positive,