Archive for the ‘Farm Aid’ Category

Willie Nelson and Family – Milk Cow Blues (Farm Aid III 1987)

Monday, December 5th, 2016

Willie Nelson and Mary Pat Davis, “Walking After Midnight” (Farm Aid VI) (1993)

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

Wilie Nelson and Mary Pat Davis perform “Walkin’ After Midnight” originally by Patsy Cline at Farm Aid VI in Ames, Iowa, on April 24, 1993.

Willie Nelson and Neil Young, “Four Strong Winds” (Farm Aid 1993)

Thursday, December 1st, 2016


Support Farm Aid #GivingTuesday

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016
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Dear Linda,
Last month, Farm Aid received a donation along with this note:

In 1985, I pledged $20 through the concert telethon line when I was a college student. Later, I realized that I did not have the money to send in. Last night, my college roommate reminded me that we never sent our donations in. I am a single mom of two college students now and I don’t make a lot of money but I want to pay what I promised I would 31 years ago. Please accept my apologies. I wish that I could afford to do more. Thank you.

This generous sentiment energized all of us here at Farm Aid to keep up the fight for family farmers and good food. Here is a person who, despite her own difficulties, stayed true to her word by honoring a 31-year old pledge to do good in the world. Inspired by the first Farm Aid concert, she continues to believe —  like we do —  that family farmers are essential for the well-being of all of us.

We all have intentions that we don’t always follow through with for various reasons: We get busy, we forget, or our intentions are too big to fulfill at that moment. But the chance to follow through on your promise is always there.

Whether you’ve intended to give to Farm Aid in the past or you donate regularly, we hope you’ll see #GivingTuesday as a chance to fulfill your intention, and strengthen our mission to keep family farmers on the land and grow the good food movement. In 31 years, Farm Aid has raised more than $50 million to promote a strong and resilient family farm system of agriculture thanks to big-hearted donors like you.
Today is your chance to join millions of people who are using #GivingTuesday as a way to do good in the world! We hope you’ll use this opportunity to support Farm Aid and make a difference in the lives of family farmers and all of us who eat.
Thank you, from all of us at Farm Aid.

PS —  Today only! One of Farm Aid’s generous donors has pledged to match gifts up to the first $2,000 donated. Give a gift to support family farmers right now and see it doubled!
Photo © Lise Metzger

Happy Thanksgiving from Sirius/XM Radio: Farm Aid Feast for the Ears

Thursday, November 24th, 2016

SiriusXM Willie’s Roadhouse

Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy our annual six-hour Farm Aid feast for the ears, followed by some Turkey Day family time with Paula Nelson and her sister Amy Nelsonbroadcasting from Austin, TX from 6 pm midnight!

Happy Thanksgiving from Farm Aid

Thursday, November 24th, 2016


Farm Aid: Grateful and Galvanized

Thursday, November 24th, 2016
Grateful and Galvanized
The Thanksgiving season is an opportunity to reflect on the things for which we are grateful. Around here, we’re thankful for our community: our partners, family farmers, and you —   the generous supporters who make our work possible.
The Farm Aid staff has had a welcome distraction from politics the past few weeks, as we’ve been deeply involved in our annual grant review process. In the divisive climate the election brought about, this process has been a wonderful reminder of the ways that our work brings together all kinds of people into a community for change. Despite the broad brush being used to paint whole swaths of our country a deep, solid color, our long experience has been that Americans —   all of us, no matter where we live or where we’re from —   share many of the same values at our roots, even as we each remain uniquely individual in our experiences and outlook.
This year, we met family farmers, in rural towns and big cities, who are growing good food while addressing serious challenges like climate change, the humane treatment of animals and corporate power.
Roberto Melendez and family
In Virginia, the Melendez family believes their success depends on strong relationships, beginning with their relationship with their animals. The cattle, pigs, sheep, turkeys and quail at Happy Family Ranch graze on pasture and receive only non-GMO, antibiotic-free feed. They are not confined, “because we wouldn’t like it ourselves.”
Carole Morrison
Carole Morison is a Maryland farmer who took a brave step to speak out publicly about the contract poultry industry. She managed to get out of it and eventually retrofitted her chicken houses with perches, windows and doors to raise pastured chickens for eggs.
Finally, Farm Aid is hugely grateful to you —   our supporters! We cannot do our work, and build the movement for family farm food, without you.
On November 29, we’re participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to generosity and giving back. Last year’s #GivingTuesday raised more than $116 million from 700,000 generous donors in more than 70 countries. We hope you’ll join us on this empowering day to celebrate and support good work being done across the world, including right here for family farmers.

Remember Farm aid on #GivingTuesday (November 29, 2016)

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

Saturday, November 12th, 2016


Willie Nelson, “Always on My Mind” (Farm Aid, 2014)

Saturday, November 12th, 2016

Farm Aid Supporters 2016

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016


Here’s more great photos of Farm Aid folks from Alice, in Atlanta. Thanks, Alice! And here’s Alice in her Tao of Willie Shirt, one of my favorites.   Thanks, Alice. You out-did yourself this year. Alice is one of my friends and Willie Nelson fans and Farm Aid Supporters who help tell the story of Farm Aid with pictures and interviews.


Here’s Dot and Dee (sounds like a ’50’s group), from Florida and Virginia, respectively, who also wrote about their experience at Farm Aid.  It was Dee’s first Farm Aid concert, and she has been writing from that perspective.

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Dee is wearing the 2016 Farm Aid Shirt.

I love seeing all the shirts.  You can get a shirt too, for yourself or to give as a gift (even if you didn’t make it to the concert at Farm Aid’s website.  They have lots more things than shirts, too.


Alabama Shakes, Farm Aid 2016

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

Farm Aid 2016

Thursday, October 27th, 2016
Photo: Scott Streble
We’re still re-living the inspiring time that we had at Farm Aid 2016. Join us by watching exclusive videos of the performances and viewing our photo gallery.

Willie Nelson Fans at Farm Aid 2016

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

What can we say? We ?? Willie fans! @willienelsonofficial #williewednesday #FarmAid2016 Photo credit: @due_south_media

Willie Nelson, “Living in the Promised Land” (Farm Aid 2004)

Friday, October 7th, 2016