by: Sarah Wyland
Farm Aid has announced that its annual benefit concert will return to Pennsylvania’s Hersheypark Stadium on September 22. Willie Nelson, who also serves as Farm Aid’s president, and fellow board members John Mellencamp, Neil Young and David Matthews with Tim Reynolds are scheduled to perform, along with Jack Johnson, ALO, Pegi Young & The Survivors, and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real.
“We’ve built a strong family farm movement to grow our economy, ensure our health and protect our environment,” Willie Nelson said. “Farm Aid brings these Main Street values to transform the Wall Street-controlled farm and food system. The Farm Aid concert is our chance to shine a spotlight on the independent family farmers who are essential to the well-being of our country.”
The music and food festival will feature Farm Aid’s Homegrown Concession which includes family farm-identified, local and organic foods. The Homegrown Village will allow those attending the concert to meet farmers, participate in hands-on food and farm activities and learn how family farmers are enriching soil, protecting water and growing our economy.
“Our country faces pressing challenges, and none of them will be solved without family farmers,” Carolyn Mugar, executive director of Farm Aid, said. “The Farm Aid concert brings farmers and eaters together to grow the kind of agriculture that builds stronger communities and a healthier food system. This year, we look forward to celebrating the ingenuity of farmers from Pennsylvania and all across the United States.”
Tickets will go on sale July 13, at 10 a.m. ET at www.livenation.com, www.ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster outlets, GIANT Center Box Office, or by phone at 800-745-3000. Advance ticket sales open to Farm Aid members July 10. Farm Aid is also teaming up with Tickets-for-Charity to offer exclusive VIP Packages which will include premium tickets and one-of-a-kind opportunities to benefit Farm Aid. Packages will be available exclusively at www.ticketsforcharity.com.
Farm Aid’s mission is to build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America. The annual concert raises funds to support Farm Aid’s work. Since 1985 Farm Aid has raised more than $40 million.