Willie Nelson Concert to benefit Local Food Hub in Charlottesville (9/15/13)


staff writers

Fans know the Red-Headed Stranger is no stranger to benefit concerts.

In September, Willie Nelson and Family will be in Charlottesville for a concert at 7 p.m. Sept. 15 at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion to benefit Local Food Hub.

Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real will open the show. Lukas Nelson is Willie Nelson’s son. Gates will open at 6 p.m.

Tickets, which are scheduled to go on sale at 10 a.m. July 12, will be $52.50 for lower orchestra, $42.50 for upper orchestra and $32.50 for general admission lawn.

Local Food Hub, founded in 2009, is a nonprofit that works to support local farms and help make locally grown food more accessible. It helps small farms sell their wares to larger markets, such as public schools, hospitals, restaurants and grocery stores. That brings fresh, locally grown and raised fruit, vegetables, meat, eggs and other goods to the plates of more community residents.

Nelson, 80, a Texas native whose career has covered six decades, is the songwriter behind such hits as “Crazy,” “Hello, Walls” and “Pretty Paper.” As a performer, he entertained country and rock fans with “On the Road Again,” “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before,” “Good Hearted Woman” and “Mammas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys.”

Nelson sang in the country supergroup the Highwaymen with Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson.

Nelson also is known for his activism. He founded the Farm Aid concerts in 1985 with Neil Young and John Mellencamp, raising millions of dollars for family farms across the country. He also supports the use of biodiesel fuels made from vegetable oil, forming his own biofuel company to produce and promote it.

For information, visit www.thenteloswirelesspavilion.com or www.localfoodhub.org. To learn about sponsorship opportunities, contact Emily manley at emily@localfoodhub.org.



Our Mission

Local Food Hub is a nonprofit organization working to improve small farm viability and increase community access to local food.

Our Vision

A robust local food system that values small-scale agriculture, land stewardship, and equitable food access.

How We Do It

Local Food Hub is an innovative hybrid nonprofit working to develop a sustainable local food distribution model in Charlottesville, Virginia. We believe that small, family farms should be able to sell their produce to large, wholesale markets—and that hospitals, restaurants, public schools, senior centers, and grocery stores should be able to offer fresh, local food to their customers and clients.

Here’s how we’re making it happen:

From Farm to Plate

DISTRIBUTION: Local Food Hub operates a local food warehouse where we purchase and aggregate locally grown fruit, vegetables, meat, eggs, and value-added items from more than 70 small family farms in Central Virginia. We then distribute this food to more than 150 locations in our region, including public schools, hospitals, institutions, restaurants, and retailers. Our infrastructure includes a 3,500 square foot warehouse with multiple temperature zones, an 18-foot refrigerated delivery truck, and a smaller refrigerated van.

GROWER SERVICES: While Local Food Hub believes that the most important thing we can do for farmers is pay them a fair price for their food, we also know that small farmers will be more successful if they have access to high-value training and educational opportunities. Our Grower Services program works directly with our partner producers to provide the technical assistance and guidance needed to successfully navigate the wholesale marketplace. We draw heavily on data gleaned from our Educational Farm, including wholesale crop specifications, enterprise budgets, and growing guides.

COMMUNITY ACCESS: We believe everyone deserves equal access to healthy food grown in our community. By creating “one number to call” for local food, we enable public schools, hospitals and retailers to easily purchase local food in large quantities. We also build partnerships to get fresh, delicious food into neighborhoods that need it. And finally, we donate 25% of the food grown on our educational farm to food banks and hunger organizations.

Be Part of the Solution

Are you a farmer? Joining the Local Food Hub is free.

Want to buy local food? Check out where to find it.

Want to join the movement? Find out how you can get involved.




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