September 1, 2016
Farm Aid started as an idea at the Live Aid Concert when Bob Dylan said on stage, “Wouldn’t it be great if we did something for our own farmers right here in America?” In 1985, Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp agreed that family farmers were in dire need of assistance and decided to plan a concert. They put the show together in six weeks’ time and took the stage before a crowd of 80,000 people. That one show raised $9 million for America’s family farmers.
They named their event Farm Aid and that 1985 show became the first of an annual concert and fundraiser that is still going strong. Over the years, they have raised millions more in direct aid to farmers and farm advocacy groups.
Fair Farms is not only proud to have Farm Aid as a partner, but is excited that this year Farm Aid is coming to the Chesapeake Bay region. The 2016 concert will be held on September 17 at Jiffy Lube Live amphitheater in Bristow, Virginia.
Fair Farms, along with the National Family Farm Coalition and the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization, will be hosting a booth in The Homegrown Village. We’ll have farmers and watermen on site to talk about how agriculture impacts the health of the Chesapeake Bay — and why it is important to lift the voices of family farmers who are working towards sustainability and resiliency on the land and on the water.
Tickets ($49.50 to $189.50) are available here.
This year’s lineup includes:
Here’s a preview of the show. We hope to see you there!