John Mellencamp performs “SONG” at Farm Aid’s 30th anniversary concert at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island in downtown Chicago, Illinois, on September 19.
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These four are true heroes. They have done so much to help so many, directly and indirectly, through their commitment to Farm Aid. The money raised from the concerts they help organize has raised millions and millions (over $20 Million) that has been used to help family farmers, and create the Farm Aid organization that has grown out from that first fund raising event. Year after year, for thirty years now, every fall, these four dedicated artists have dropped everything, interrupted lucrative tours, left families at home, and flown themselves and their band members in to perform at the annual concert. And they invite their friends and other musicians to do the same thing, for frees.
Millions of dollars have been raised to support family farmers, through Farm Aid. Net works, crisis help lines, crisis assistance, resources, financial support are just a few of the ways Farm Aid has helped the family farmer stay on the land. As well as keeping farmers on the land, networks created help support new farmers obtain land and education about farm. Their work affects all of us — we all benefit from healthy food grown by farmers who really are the caretakers of the land, and not hourly paid worker for a large corporation. So many farms are transitioning now, and farmers age and retire. When there is no family member to continue farming, the productive farmland is sold to a corporations, who goal is not to be a steward of the land, but to make millions from it, with their chemicals and genetically modified seeds.
Thank you Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews
Learn more about Farm Aid, and how you can support them here:
Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp were the musical guests, and also sat and talked with Stephen about Farm Aid 30, in Chicago, on Sept. 19, 2015.
It’s that time of year again! Farm Aid Auction 2015 kicks off Wednesday, September 2nd at 10am ET running through the week and ending Wednesday, September 9th at 10 am.
First and foremost a huge thank you goes out to all of the fans, that donate items, and bid on these great items and to John for taking the time to autograph all these great items! We could not accomplish this without YOU. As you know the Farm Aid Auction has been a huge success over the years. John and the staff at Farm Aid are always amazed how the Mellencamp fans pull together to help support the family farmer!
All funds we raise including anyone that would like to donate will be credited to “The members of Mellencamp.com Community
Payment is expected within 5 days of the auction ending. Checks, money orders and paypal will be accepted. Please note that Paypal takes a fee. We are going to present the charitable contribution at Farm Aid 2015 so it is essential that payment is received within the 5 days of the auction ending so all payments are clear and one check can be issued. The staff at Farm Aid will receive a list of all of the fan club member’s names that donate and/or win an auction item and receive a thank you letter from them. Please serious bidders only. Good luck and thanks for your support!
Below are the easy to bid step by step directions:
To bid on any of these items simply email firstname.lastname@example.org
Put the NUMBER and ITEM DESCRIPTION in the SUBJECT of your email
Your bid amount, and Name, Address, Phone number in the body of the email
You will receive an email back of receipt of your bid; when and if someone bids higher than you we will notify you by email and let you have the chance to bid again! It’s that simple! (If you do not get an email back IMMEDIATELY DON’T PANIC!) I go by the time the email is received. I will do my best to get back to all bidders in a timely manner.
Once there is a bid on an item I put the highest bids in red text
If you want to donate please email email@example.com we take donations up until the end of the auction.
Limited edition prints of iconic Farm Aid concerts, autographed by Farm Aid Board members autographed by Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, and More. Photos taken by two accomplished photographers who have been documenting Farm Aid since it’s beginning: Paul Natkin and Ebet Roberts.
To commemorate the 30th annual Farm Aid Concert in Chicago on September 19, IfOnly is offering moments of the legendary festival from two of music’s most celebrated photographers: Ebet Roberts and Paul Natkin. They have been capturing the Farm Aid stage since the very beginning. Farm Aid is releasing these rare photos printed on archival, acid-free paper, and signed by the artists in the photos and the photographers themselves. Not only a remarkable piece of rock memorabilia, these offerings also help support American family farms and the Good Food Movement.
To see all the great photos, and purchase your favorite:
SEE VIDEO HERE:
“Farm Aid supports a food system that is democratic, independent, competitive and locally based. This isn’t an exercise in nostalgia, it’s a commitment to a way of life. These are values worth fighting for.”
–– Eric Schlosser
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. For 30 years, Farm Aid, with the support of the artists who contribute their performances each year, has raised $48 million to support programs that 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.
Here is your chance to see this legendary rock and roller, and champion of family farmers and the middle class, in a city near you! John Mellencamp is giving his fans in 80 cities a chance to see his show. His new material from new album is amazing, and of course he has so many great hits that he can’t play them all in one show, but he sure tries. They are coming to Red Rocks in July and I can’t wait.
Also, every ticket purchased for the 2015 Plain Spoken Tour includes a download of John’s new album Plain Spoken.
Tickets are available for all 80 shows on the 2015 Plain Spoken Tour. Visit the Mellencamp.com TOUR page for further details. http://www.mellencamp.com/tourdates.html