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Luck Reunion Potluck 2019 benefitting Farm Aid (March 13, 2019)

Friday, February 15th, 2019

We’re proud to announce the official date for this year’s PotLuck dinner in Willie’s Texas backyard. On March 13th we will return to “Luck, Texas” for the Potluck Dinner benefiting Farm Aid hosted by Austin Food Wine Alliance.

The official kickoff to the annual Luck Reunion music festival held at Willie Nelson’s iconic “Luck” property outside Austin is an intimate
affair showcasing a multi-course menu with ingredients sourced by local farmers and prepared by celebrated Central Texas chefs
who are pushing the boundaries and redefining what it means to have a cookout in the Texas Hill Country. And as always, we’ll have
some special musical guests to share songs with you.

Tickets are now on sale. Click to purchase below.

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Farm Aid is Having a Sale #supportfamilyFarmers

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

Farm Aid is having a sale!  Here’s your friend to treat yourself or another to some cool Farm Aid merch and help support family farmers and the good work of Farm Aid.

www.FarmAid.org

Spread some Farm Aid love and gift your sweetheart – or yourself – Farm Aid merchandise from our 2018 festival! And don’t forget to use code LOVE to get 25% off.

Bid on a chance to attend Luck Reunion’s PotLuck 2019 to Benefit Farm Aid (tix on sale Thursday)

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

We’re headed back to Willie’s ranch in Texas hill country for an intimate celebration on the eve of the Luck Reunion. There will be great food; there will be great music; and we hope you’ll be there too.

Tickets for this year’s event, Luck Reunion Presents: PotLuck 2019 to Benefit Farm Aid hosted by the Austin Food and Wine Alliance, go on sale this Thursday, February 14,  at luckreunion.combut you can bid now for a chance to join us at the table!

BID ON A SEAT AT THE TABLE

The Experience

Great music meets great food at Luck Reunion Presents: PotLuck 2019 to Benefit Farm Aid hosted by the Austin Food & Wine Alliance, the kick-off to the annual Luck Reunion festival. Through our partner Farm Aid, IfOnly has secured two highly sought-after tickets to the kick-off event on March 13 and Luck Reunion festival on March 14, both hosted at Willie’s private Luck, Texas ranch outside Austin in Spicewood, Texas.

The event has the vibe of a locals-only gathering, which you will quickly pick up during encounters with country music legends, intimate performances, craft cocktails, and farm-to-table food. Enjoy a stunning feast hosted by Ben Runkle and his acclaimed guest chefs, then catch the Red-Headed Stranger himself as he performs in his own backyard.

On March 14, you will attend the Luck Reunion festival with general admission tickets — otherwise only available to the public through a lottery system — and enjoy performances by Willie Nelson, Lukas Nelson, Shakey Graves, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats and many more.

Funds will benefit Farm Aid’s mission 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 festival to raise funds to support Farm Aid’s work with family farmers and to inspire people to choose family farm food.


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Since 1985, Farm Aid’s mission is to build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America. Farm Aid’s artists and board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, and Dave Matthews host an annual concert to raise funds to support Farm Aid’s work. With the support of the artists who contribute their performances each year, Farm Aid has raised more than $53 million to support programs that help farmers thrive, expand the reach of the Good Food Movement, and take action to change the dominant system of industrial agriculture and promote food from family farms.

Details

  • 2 tickets to Luck Reunion Presents: PotLuck 2019 to Benefit Farm Aid hosted by the Austin Food & Wine Alliance on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 6:00 pm in Spicewood, TX
  • Luck PotLuck event includes a farm-to-table feast prepared by a lineup of acclaimed Texas chefs hosted by Ben Runkle and musical performance by Wille Nelson
  • 2 general admission tickets to the Luck Reunion festival on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 11:00 am in Spicewood, TX
  • Exact seat location may not be determined until day of the event and may be anywhere in the venue
  • All attendees must be at least 21 years old or older
  • Background check required for winner and guest within 24 hours of purchase
  • Experience provided in English (US)

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How the government shut down hurts farmers #FarmAid

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

www.FarmAid.org

2019 looks like another busy year for our farmer hotline. We’ve already received more than double our typical number of calls. Nearly every call is from a farmer hurt by the government shutdown. It’s not lost on us that the agency established to be there for farmers when traditional banks won’t help, is now powerless to show their utility.

It’s a common misconception that farms are most active in spring, summer, and fall. The truth is that winter is equally–if not more–important, because winter is when farmers sell their crops, pay their bills, acquire the next year’s operating loans, and prepare for the upcoming season. Winter is not time off for farmers; winter is business time. For the USDA to be shut down during this critical time is incredibly stressful for the farmers we hear from every day.

READ MORE ABOUT HOW THE SHUTDOWN HURTS FARMERS

Happy New Year from Farm Aid

Tuesday, January 1st, 2019

Midwest farmers receive grants from Farm Aid

Friday, December 28th, 2018

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Farm Aid announced last week that it distributed more nearly $700,000 in grants this year.

Founded in 1985 and headed by Willie Nelson, Farm Aid’s mission is to build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America.

Grants totaling $695,679 were given to farmers and 78 family farm, rural service and urban agriculture organizations in 36 states and the District of Columbia.

Recipients in Minnesota and Iowa are:

• Farmers’ Legal Action Group in St. Paul received three grants — one of $25,000 to operate its National Legal Hotline for Family Farmers and provide legal services to family farmers to stay on their land, $20,000 grant to support legal work related to the dairy crisis, and $5,000 to educate partner farmers on the Small Farm Food Safety Modernization Act.

• Practical Farmers of Iowa of Ames, Iowa, received $6,000 to build a farmer-to-farmer network for Iowa’s orchardists by hosting a series of networking and knowledge sharing events.

• The Food Group of New Hope, Minn., received $6,000 to support Big River Farms, a program that offers organic and sustainable agriculture education to historically under-represented farmers.

• Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement of Des Moines received $7,500 for the Factory Farm Accountability Project that works to support family farm agriculture and protect Iowa’s environment from factory farm pollution.

• The Land Stewardship Project of Lewiston and Minneapolis received $7,000 to help create a health care system that works for farmers and rural Minnesotans.

Since 1985, Farm Aid has granted more than $22 million to more than 300 groups all over the country.

Support Family Farmers; Support Farm Aid

Thursday, December 27th, 2018

www.FarmAid.org

Over the past few weeks, you’ve heard from Willie and Carolyn, about why Farm Aid needs your support. They shared stories about the crisis family farmers face and also reminded us about the hope and resilience in the hearts of the people who sustain us. Farm Aid won’t stop fighting for them and we hope you won’t either. Let me tell you what Farm Aid has done to strengthen family farmers this past year and about our plans for 2019.

In 2018, Farm Aid worked hard to:

  • Respond to more than a thousand family farmers in need through our Farmer Resource Network and hotline;
  • Grant more than $695,000 to fortify farmers, farm advocates and farm organizations across the country;
  • Bring farmer voices to Washington, D.C., to fight for policies that level the playing field for independent family farmers;
  • Act immediately to provide emergency assistance to farmers and ranchers when natural disasters and crises struck;
  • Help new farmers get on the land with access to resources, credit and training;
  • Support family farmers as they transitioned to practices that take care of the soil and water in their communities;
  • Bring together more than 23,000 people to rally for family farm agriculture at Farm Aid 2018 in Hartford, CT, with pre-events that gathered farmers, eaters, policymakers, advocates and activists to work together for justice and change.

We accomplished a lot this year, but there’s much more to do. And we can’t do it without you.

In 2019, with your support, Farm Aid will:

  • Continue to answer the increasing number of calls on our farmer hotline to provide immediate assistance to farmers in need;
  • Fight for farmers and rural communities as the new Farm Bill is implemented;
  • Connect farmers with the resources they need to stay on the land;
  • Train new farm advocates to provide emotional, legal and financial expertise to farmers in need;
  • Gather engaged farmers, advocates and activists to work together to address challenges like factory farms and the dairy crisis;
  • Increase farmers’ resilience to natural disasters and provide emergency assistance when they occur;
  • Make sure farmer voices are heard loud and clear on Capitol Hill and at the state and local levels;
  • Bring together thousands of supporters like you to celebrate family farmers and eaters through incredible music, food and activities at the Farm Aid 2019 festival! (Stay tuned for details in the coming months.)

Together, we’re making a difference in the lives of family farmers. Because they make a difference in the lives of all of us, each and every day – from providing wholesome and fresh food for our table, to protecting our soil and water and strengthening our local economies.

Support Farm Aid today and show family farmers just how important they are to you.

Gratefully,

Willie Nelson Signature

Steve Snyder
Development and Brand Director

Farm Aid: Keep America Growing

Thursday, December 27th, 2018

Support Family Farmers; Support Farm Aid #FarmAid

Tuesday, December 18th, 2018

www.FarmAid.org

With all the challenges family farmers face, I’m inspired by the strength they have to keep going. Farmers are resilient – they have the courage to persevere. We saw so many farmers embodying that spirit at Farm Aid 2018 in Hartford in September. Their love for their work and their resolve to keep doing it inspires me. And I know it inspires you, too.

Take Joe Greenbacker and his daughter Melissa Greenbacker-Dziurgot of Brookfield Farm in Durham, Connecticut. This spring they made the difficult decision to sell off their dairy herd because of low prices. Melissa had always dreamed of managing her family’s tenth-generation farm, but it just didn’t make sense to continue. Melissa and her dad are not alone. Since 1973, our country has lost 93% of our dairy farms. “Sometimes it feels like a failure because I wasn’t able to continue,” she says. “I am definitely hopeful. I think there are opportunities out there for me.” Reinventing her farm future will take all of Melissa’s resilience.

Your donation before the end of the year  goes to support Farm Aid’s critical work on behalf of family farmers and their communities right when they need it – now!

GIVE A GIFT OF HOPE TO FAMILY FARMERS THIS SEASON

In the Northeastern corner of the state, we met Kies Orr, who is forging ahead as the next generation at Fort Hill Farms with inspiration from her dad. “My father would get groups of farmers together and go to the legislative building and we’d all fight for agriculture,” she remembers.  Peter was a force for Connecticut agriculture, and farmers from across the state mourned when he made the decision to take his life rather than add the burden of his mounting medical bills to the farm’s finances. Today Kies, her boyfriend Jared, and her mom Kristen are committed to “farm on,” as they put it, to carry on Peter’s legacy.

Family farmers are incredibly resilient – even in times of crisis and loss, they remain steadfast in their commitment to the land, their animals and their livelihood. But that doesn’t mean we can take it for granted that they’ll always be there. Now, more than ever, Farm Aid is fighting to keep family farmers on the land.

When farmers turn to Farm Aid, we’re here to listen and to connect them with resources that can make a difference. As Kies told us as she remembered her dad, “If I can mention anything, seek help. Seek help, seek help, seek help.” That’s what Farm Aid is here for.

PLEASE DONATE NOW

Your gift of $75 is a gift of hope for family farmers. I’m asking you to give now so that Farm Aid can keep answering their calls.

Stay strong and positive,

Willie Nelson Signature

Willie Nelson
President, Farm Aid

Farm Aid grants $695,679 in 2018 to support family farmers

Monday, December 17th, 2018

In 2018, Farm Aid granted a total of $695,679.

Willie Nelson said: “As farmers continue to face incredible threats to their survival, our grant decisions were guided by the need to first and foremost strengthen organizations that provide essential resources to keep family farmers on the land. We are so grateful for the hard work and commitment of folks across the country who fight for family farms.”

Get all the details about our grant program at www.FarmAid.org

Sunday, December 16th, 2018

Support Family Farmers; Support Farm Aid: Bid on rare autographed guitar by Willie Nelson, vinyl and more

Saturday, December 15th, 2018

Support Farm Aid; make a difference in a family farmer’s life

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

Photo: Laurie Bonneau

For 33 years, Farm Aid has been a beacon of hope for family farmers — whenever they need it. And we’ve done far more than that. Every day, we connect family farmers around the country with the resources they need to make it through tough times and to gain access to land, credit and markets so that they remain resilient.

When farmers call the Farm Aid Hotline, we’re there to take the call. This year the calls have been non-stop, and we’ve increased our staffing to be sure we’re doing all we can to support farmers who reach out to us. All signs point to another tough year ahead, with falling incomes and rising production costs. As strong as farmers are, Farm Aid will continue to fight for them.

Your gift keeps Farm Aid strong, so that we’ll always be there for farmers when they need us most. Help us continue this critical work.

 

VISIT FARMAID’S WEBSITE TO DONATE

MAKE A DIFFERENCE  TO A FAMILY FARMER’S FAMILY

and farmers

Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

Thank a farmer, support family farmers

www.FarmAid.com

 

Keep America Growing, Keep America Strong #SupportFarmAid

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

Calling 2018 a tough year for family farmers doesn’t even come close to describing what they’ve been through. The numbers seem hard to believe: farmers are earning half of what they made just five years ago. Trade wars have disrupted their markets, sending shockwaves through the farm economy. Natural disasters like hurricanes and wildfires have destroyed fields and barns and caused billions of dollars in damage. That’s why your support of family farmers is as important as ever.

Throughout the year, Farm Aid has been there for farmers when they’ve called our hotline. We all need to be there for farmers now, because we need them to be there for us.

Will you join me today by giving $75 to Farm Aid? Your support ensures that we can continue our mission to keep family farmers on the land.

I’m proud of the work we do here at Farm Aid. For 33 years, we’ve been a beacon of hope for family farmers—whenever they need it. And we’ve done far more than that. Every day, we connect family farmers around the country with the resources they need to make it through tough times and to gain access to land, credit and markets so that they remain resilient.

When farmers call the Farm Aid Hotline, we’re there to take the call. This year the calls have been non-stop, and we’ve increased our staffing to be sure we’re doing all we can to support farmers who reach out to us. All signs point to another tough year ahead, with falling incomes and rising production costs. As strong as farmers are, Farm Aid will keep fighting for them.

Your gift keeps Farm Aid strong, so that we’ll always be there for farmers when they need us most. Won’t you help us continue this critical work

We all depend on family farmers to survive. Farmers put food on our table. They are the stewards of our soil and water. Farmers strengthen our local economies. They are the backbone of our communities. Right now, they need our help. I’m glad I can count on you.

Stay strong and positive,

Willie Nelson Signature

Willie Nelson
President, Farm Aid

PS: Your donation supports all of Farm Aid’s work to strengthen family farm agriculture, from our hotline to directly support farmers, and our advocacy for policies that are good for farmers and rural communities, to the connections made to increase access to good food for everyone. Good food starts with family farmers. Thanks for joining me today to stand with them!