Thursday, September 30, 2010

Jamey Johnson joins the lineup and other news!

MattI'm watching the stage being set up for Farm Aid 25: Growing Hope for America right now; it's huge and looks incredible in the outfield of Miller Park! Today we are pleased to announce that country singer Jamey Johnson has joined the lineup for Farm Aid.

We hope you'll be able to join us on Saturday! We've just put up a very limited number of VIP tickets on ebay, so check them out here and get your bid in. These tickets include exclusive access to club level and VIP box seating, amazing food from family farmers, private cash-bar service, private bathroom facilities, concierge service for program books, give-a-ways, merchandise and more. Most importantly, you'll get un-obstructed views of the stadium and stage and you're buying directly from Farm Aid, so your money goes directly towards our mission of keeping family farmers on their land.

Before you head out to Miller Park on Saturday, be sure to check out our Venue Information page for policies, directions, parking information and how to help with the food drive Hunger Task Force is running to collect food for the Milwaukee community.

If you can't join us in person, be sure to tune in on DIRECTV's The 101 Network to watch the concert live in HD, starting at 6pm Eastern. Willie Nelson's SIRIUS XM music channel, Willie's Place (SIRIUS channel 64 and XM channel 13), will also broadcast the concert beginning at 2 pm Eastern.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

One thing to pack: Farm Aid 25 Eat Well Guide

HildeWith Farm Aid 25: Growing Hope for America just around the corner, it's a good time to start thinking about what to bring along to Milwaukee. Farm Aid concert t-shirts and hats from years past, your camera, a toothbrush... Regardless of what ultimately makes it into your suitcase, here’s one thing we hope you pack – the Farm Aid 25 Eat Well Guide.

Eat Well GuideThis year, to celebrate our 25th anniversary, we partnered with the Eat Well Guide to create a special edition Farm Aid 25 Eat Well Guide to help concertgoers find farm-fresh food all over Milwaukee. The special guide is a free resource and includes listings of restaurants, grocery stores, farmers markets and other venues where you can find locally grown and sustainable food options while in Milwaukee. Either print it or bring it along on your mobile device!

Road tripping to the concert? The Eat Well En Route Guide allows you to map out good food options along your route to Miller Park.

To make the guides as helpful as possible, we urge you to give feedback and suggest listings (including your own farm, business or organization!)

When you eat food grown by family farmers, you know what you're getting – honest, real food grown by people who care about their land, their community, and their future.

Eat well and be well, and we'll see you in Milwaukee!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Care about Food Safety? Make your voice heard, and fast!

AliciaProtect Family Farms and Sustainable and Organic Agriculture: Tell your Senator to Support the Tester Amendment!

The much buzzed about FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510) could reach the floor of the U.S. Senate today. Following the shocking recall of half a billion eggs potentially contaminated with salmonella, the spotlight has been set firmly on this piece of legislation moving around Capitol Hill. However, it's essential that S.510 doesn’t harm family farm agriculture, local and regional food systems and the good work of the Good Food movement.

Groups like the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition have worked hard to improve this bill, but a few more changes are urgently needed. S.510 would considerably ramp up FDA regulation on farms that even minimally process their crops and sell them to restaurants, food co-ops, groceries, schools and wholesalers, with disastrous implications for small and mid-sized farmers and local and regional food systems development.

An amendment sponsored by Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) would exempt small farms and small food processing facilities, as well as small and mid-sized farmers who primarily market their products directly to consumers, stores or restaurants in their region.

Please call your Senators today and ask them to support the Tester Amendment to craft a food safety bill that makes sense and doesn’t squash the Good Food movement.

You can call in just three easy steps:
  1. Go to and type in your zip code. Click on your Senator's name, and then on the contact tab for their phone number. Or, call the Capitol Switchboard and ask to be directly connected to your Senator's office at 202-224-3121.
  2. Once connected, ask to speak to the legislative staff person responsible for agriculture. If they are unavailable, leave a voice mail message. Be sure to include your name and phone number.
  3. Tell them this simple message:
    "I am a constituent of Senator __________ and I am calling to ask him/her to support the Tester Amendment and to include the Tester language in the Manager's Amendment to the food safety bill. The Tester Amendment will exempt small farm and food facilities and farmers who direct market their products to consumers, stores or restaurants. We need a food safety bill that cracks down on corporate bad actors without erecting new barriers to family farms and the growing healthy food movement. Our continuing economic recovery demands that we preserve these market opportunities for small and mid-sized family farms."
For more background on the bill, check out our Ask Farm Aid from March.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Slideshow & videos from the USDA/DOJ Antitrust Workshop

JoelHere is a photo slideshow and a few short videos from the town hall meeting and USDA/DOJ public workshop on competition in the livestock industry held in Fort Collins, CO, on August 26 & 27. (See earlier blog posts about the meeting here and here.) The photo slideshow includes several shots of the events, and the videos include my own public comment on behalf of Farm Aid at the town hall meeting, as well as brief interviews with producers at the public workshop, each saying who they are, where they are from, and why they had come to Fort Collins.

Ever wanted to watch your favorite artist perform up close?

MattEver wanted to watch your favorite artist perform up close? Now's your chance to get even closer than the first row! Help us celebrate 25 years of Farm Aid by bidding on one-of-a-kind experiences and memorabilia from the Farm Aid vault. You'll have a great opportunity to own a piece of Farm Aid's history or experience history itself at Farm Aid 25.

Each item purchased helps support Farm Aid and its mission to build a vibrant family farm-centered system of agriculture in America. Family farmers do their part for America — what can you do?

The Farm Aid Experiences are up for auction now (the memorabilia auction starts October 2). Click here to place your bid!