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Farm Aid 2016

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016


“The first Farm Aid sparked a 31-year effort  to put power back into the hands of family farmers and all of us who eat. We’ve made a lot of progress, but it’s clear we aren’t done yet. Family farmers still aren’t getting a fair shake. We need to keep coming together to help each other and find solutions.” — Willie Nelson

Farm Aid 2016 brought 20,000 fans together just outside the nation’s capital to celebrate ground-breaking, cooperative approaches to overcoming barriers to a family farm system of agriculture. At the same time, as dairy farmers and other commodity producers struggle with the consequences of record low prices, Farm Aid says family farmers need a broad coalition of partners to stand with them and collaborate to surmount the many obstacles that are forcing them off the land.

The music on the stage featured Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews, along with Alabama Shakes, Sturgill Simpson, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Jamey Johnson with a special guest appearance by Alison Krauss and many more.

See more photos, videos, and read about the good work of Farm Aid:


Willie Nelson and the Wisdom Dancers

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

photo:  Dee Sulenski

“It was a moving honor to hear Starr Swain sing the National Anthem (no pic as I was saluting the flag) and to hear Willie sing & The Wisdom Dancers interpret The Lord’s Prayer, to officially open FarmAid 2016.” — Dee Sulenski, Virginia

Thanks so much to Dee from Virginia.  It was her first Farm Aid, and she’s been sharing her experience with us.  Here’s some photos I took of the opening ceremony.


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Farm Aid Supporters in their Farm Aid Shirts

Monday, September 26th, 2016

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Each year at Farm Aid, supporters proudly wear their Farm Aid shirts from previous years.  It’s always fun to see the shirts, and thanks to Alice, from Georgia, for taking pictures of the folks in their shirts.  And thanks to the fans for being good sports and letting us take their pictures.  Here’s a few and I’ll keep sharing more.



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You can get your very own Farm Aid shirt, and learn about how you can support family farmers:

Willie Nelson, Farm Aid 2016

Sunday, September 25th, 2016


Willie Nelson & Family “Living in the Promiseland” (Farm AId 2004)

Sunday, September 25th, 2016

“My first time at Farm Aid”

Sunday, September 25th, 2016


photo:  Dee Sulenski

Thanks to Dee Sulenski, from Virginia, for sharing her first experience at Farm Aid.

I was given the wonderful opportunity to attend the FarmAid Press Conference, in the morning, that kicked off Farm Aid 2016. I left this press conference feeling humble, respecting our farmers and wanting to be a better person.
All four of the founders and Board Members of Farm Aid (Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews) spoke and this was followed by several live interviews with farmers and activists from my home state of Virginia.  Some of the statements that stick with me are:
“There is no more honorable profession than growing food”

“Social Responsibility”
“Farming has been stolen, taken over by big industry” I find this so very frightening!
“We need a Revolution to a natural existence”
“Poison our food…poison ourselves”
“Growing healthy food is simple. Know what you are eating and where it comes from”
“If you want a better world, it starts with you”
“Follow the Family Farm and you will see the future of America”
This wisdom added to my desire to be a better citizen of my country and of the Earth!



I was overjoyed to see The First Lady of Virginia, Mrs. Terry McCauliff, open the Press Conference, and even more overjoyed to meet her!

Farm Aid Supporters

Sunday, September 25th, 2016


Every year at the Farm Aid Festival, several friends help me report about the festival.  There is so much going on, with the workshops, activity tents, speakers and of course the music all day long.  These Farm Aid Supporters, music lovers and friends take pictures, interview people and write about their experiences.  Thanks so much to Alice, from Georgia (that’s her above, on the right, beside Dee from Virginia, and Dot from Florida), for her great photos of this year’s reporters, at  the festival in Bristow, Virginia, on September 17, 2018.


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Dot, Dee, Alice, Joanne, me, Pat

Saturday, September 24th, 2016


Empowering Urban Communities Through Food #TakingAction #FarmAid

Saturday, September 24th, 2016

Meet some of the people growing DC’s urban agriculture scene and healing communities with urban gardens.

Each year on the Farm Aid stage, before the concert kicks off, Farm Aid artists Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews join rockstar farmers who are changing the farm and food system to talk about their work. This press event/pep rally allows us to highlight the farmers and food system changemakers – the unsung heroes – who do their work on the ground each and every day without the spotlight they deserve.

In this video from the press event, meet some of the people growing Washington, DC’s urban agriculture scene and healing communities with urban gardens.


– Chris Bradshaw of Dreaming Out Loud, Inc.

– Sumayyah Muhammed, a grower at Dreaming Out Loud’s community garden in Washington DC’s Ward 6

– Xavier Brown of @soilful city Soilful City

– Boe Umar and Ms Mary Morgan of Dix Street Garden in Washington, DC’s Ward 7

Farm Aid 2016 Memories

Saturday, September 24th, 2016

Farm Aid 2016 Concert, the grand finale

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016


It’s always a moving celebration, when Willie Nelson invites artists to join him back on stage for a grand finale at the end of the Farm Aid concert.  Artists who generously gave their time to fly to the festival and perform, and probably have gigs the next night, come back together to sing gospel songs with Willie Nelson and family.    This is only half the stage — the stage is so high, and it was so crowded in the photo pit,  I couldn’t get everyone’s photo.




Farm Aid 2016 Poster

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

Celebate Farm Aid 2016 with this commemorative poster featuring the list of performers who donated their time and talents for our concert in Bristow, VA. We’ll ship it in protective packaging to keep it safe in transit. 

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. Since 1985, Farm Aid, with the support of the artists who contribute their performances each year, has raised more than $50 million to 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.

Willie Nelson & Family, “Bloody Mary Morning”

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

Farm Aid 2016

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016





Take Action #FarmAid

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016
 We all have a part to play.