Charity Spotlight: Farm Aid
Nearly 40 years, Farm aid has worked to raise awareness about the loss of family farms in America. Started by Willie Nelson, Neil Young, and John Mellencamp, Farm Aid works to raise awareness about the loss of family farms and to raise money to keep farm families on their land.
Farm Aid accomplishes its mission by promoting food from family farms, growing the Good Food Movement, supporting Farmers so they thrive, and addressing systemic issues that threaten family farms. Best known for their annual music, food, and farm festival, they work year-round to build a system of agriculture that values family farmers, good food, soil, and water—supported by strong communities.
FARM AID WORK
Producing inspiring and informative video and web campaigns, Farm Aid spotlights the innovation and hard work of family farmers who give their lives growing food for all of us. From showcasing Farmer Heroes who share a common commitment to care for their land to creating educational content in Farm Aid Fact Sheets that break down the issues affecting family farmers and the food for everyone, Farm Aid harnesses the power of media to build a powerful movement.
Farm Aid fosters connections between farmers and eaters by growing and strengthening local and regional markets and working to get family farm food in urban neighborhoods, grocery stores, restaurants, schools and other public institutions. They start by making family farm food available at all of their events, and also provide concessions at major events like The Super Bowl and a variety of music festivals and venues that have embraced the Good Food Movement in concessions. Farm Aid’s HOMEGROWN Concessions® is the first-of-its-kind model for featuring family farm-identified, local, and organic foods at major concert events. HOMEGROWN Concessions® has fed more than 283,000 festivalgoers since its introduction in 2007 at the HOMEGROWN Festival at Randall’s Island in New York City. Farm aid has also worked to get family farm food into school cafeterias, local restaurants and grocery stores.
In addition to Farm Aid’s work throughout the year to build a thriving family farm-centered system of agriculture, they fund family farm and rural service organizations through their annual grant program. They view their grantees around the country as critical on-the-ground partners in the movement to keep family farmers on the land, producing good food for all. Farm Aid partners with organizations working to strengthen family farm agriculture all over America. Each year, proceeds from the annual festival and the generous community of donors are granted to nonprofit organizations. Since the first concert in 1985, they’ve granted nearly $24 million to over 300 organizations nationwide.
Partnering with IfOnly, Farm Aid is offering exclusive VIP packages to see its legendary lineup of artists. Winners of the Farm Aid Auctions get access to VIP events and facilities, and media photo pit access to favorite artists.
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