Saturday, October 02, 2010

The HOMEGROWN Village


Written Blog: Ryan LaLonde
Video: Jessica Gagne, Farm Aid Staff


The HOMEGROWN VIllage is not to be missed!

For the past few years, Farm Aid's HOMEGROWN Village hosted fun, informative and interactive exhibitors, and this year is no exception! This year's village is outside the Miller Park walls, and farmers and fans alike are braving the Wisconsin Fall to get out there and learn more about family farms (the weather could be a lot worse!) Exhibitors are standing by to educate concertgoers on everything from creating heritage crafts, to beekeeping, sustainable agriculture. I stopped by a few of the exhibits:

American Farmland Trust – their crew was decked out in "Stop Factory Farms" T-shirts, and they were recruiting fans to play a amusing cow toss game. You can checkout their work to save farmland on their website at www.farmland.org

Growing Power – This group is one of the leaders in the urban agriculture movement in the US today. The non-profit organization provides access to healthy, affordable and sustainably grown food for people of all socioeconomic backgrounds. They have developed community Food Systems that grow, process, market and distribute food to low-income neighborhoods in Milwaukee. Growing Power's founder, and urban agriculture icon Will Allen was on sight to meet and talk to local farmers and fans.

Check out the video below to see concert goers enjoying Farm Aid's unique HOMEGROWN Village!

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