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[Thanks so much to Pat Wiley Keeney, from Texas, for her report about the Farmer Veteran Coalition. Pat is one of my friends, and Farm Aid supporters, who, year after year, help me tell the story of what happens at Farm Aid. She interviewed Randy Ryan, of the Farmer Veteran Coalition, at FarmAid in Bristow, Virginia, last month.]
by: Pat Wiley Keeney.
While at Farm Aid I had the privilege of talking with Randy Ryan of the FARMER VETERAN COALITION. I was interested in knowing what led Randy to get into farming & how the military might have prepared him for a life as a farmer. I apologize for the sound quality of the video. It was very loud with a lot people in the Homegrown Village and that was a good thing.
The Farmer Veteran Coalition works with veterans in the food and farming community in all 50 states and U. S. Territories, to provide farming education, and veteran assistance to those in need. The Farmer Veterans produce a wide range of food and fiber products, all of which are an integral part of America’s food system.
For more information on the work of the coalition visit www.farmvetco.org.
Thank you to the 20,000 people who celebrated Farm Aid 2016 with us in Virginia on September 17, and to everyone else who joined in from home. Supporting Farm Aid by buying a ticket, giving a donation, buying a t-shirt, and sharing our message supports our work to keep family farmers on the land and thriving. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for your support!
Farm Aid 2016 was an incredible day filled with good food, amazing music and a true celebration of family farmers. Look back on the day with exclusive videos of the artists performing and a beautiful gallery of photos.
Though Phish has anything but a mainstream audience, the jam band continues to be one of the most successful touring acts in all of the music business today. With that success comes unique and exciting opportunities, like the chance to perform at the famedFarm Aid benefit… with its founders.
That’s what happened on this day in 1998, when Phish joined forces with Neil Young for an extended sit-in at Farm Aid that also featured a sit-in on “Moonlight in Vermont” from Willie Nelson and Paul Schaffer. After a few original songs, Young made his first appearance with the band after a “Runaway Jim” segued into “Arc.” Phish and Neil Young then played “Down By The River,” before the guest-filled “Moonlight in Vermont” came next in the set.
Neil Young stayed on the remainder of the show, joining on renditions of “Will The Circle Be Unbroken?,” “Amazing Grace,” and “Uncloudy Day.” Thanks to Farm Aid’s extensive video collection, we can watch some of these miraculous moments in Phish’s career.
This single set performance was part of the annual Farm Aid benefit concert which also included Hootie and the Blowfish, The Del McCoury Band, Brian Wilson, Wilco, Martina McBride, Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, and Neil Young. The set featured the Phish debuts of Arc, Down By the River, Moonlight in Vermont, Will the Circle Be Unbroken, and Uncloudy Day (although Will the Circle Be Unbroken was also played during the November 19, 1994 “Parking Lot Jam”). Neil Young sat in from Runaway Jim through the end of the set; Willie Nelson and Paul Shaffer sat in during Moonlight in Vermont. Four Native American dancers came onstage before Will the Circle Be Unbroken. Circle featured Willie Nelson on vocals. Amazing Grace was performed for the first time since December 31, 1996 (115 shows) and included instrumental accompaniment. This set was broadcast live on Country Music Television, though the beginning of Runaway Jim was cut from the broadcast.
Thanks to Alice Kaufmann from Atlanta, Georgia, for all the great photos she took at Farm Aid 2016 in Bristow, Virginia. It is always fun to see all the shirts from past years’ Farm Aids and other shirts at the Festival.
Political statements, too
and a Government Mule fan, too.
Micah Nelson played a guitar made entirely of hemp for his set early in the day with Insects vs. Robots. He played several instruments, other guitars, piano, percussion and at onetime he was singing through a bullhorn. Like his brother Lukas, Micah was one of the hardest working people at Farm Aid — he played with Insects v Robots, then joined Neil Young with Promise of the Real for their set , and then closed out the evening with Willie Nelson & Family.
“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:
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.
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.
You can get your very own Farm Aid shirt, and learn about how you can support family farmers: