Farm Aid's annual benefit concert returns to the Northeast on Saturday, Sept. 21, taking place at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Last year's concert was at Hershey, Pa.
Farm Aid is far more than a music concert. It's also a foodie event that strongly supports the "buy local food" movement and family farming.
"In New York and across the Northeast, family farmers are pioneering change in our farm and food system. This region has strong agricultural roots and offers fertile ground for new farmers and sustainable agriculture," says Farm Aid President Willie Nelson. "On the stage in September, we'll celebrate the hard work of family farmers and support their efforts to grow strong and healthy communities for all of us."
Farm Aid 2013 will feature Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews, plus other artists. The concert benefits and promotes Farm Aid's mission to keep family farmers on the land, strengthen and revitalize America's food system. It also supports the Good Food Movement, the growing number of people seeking local, organic, humanely raised and family farm-identified food.
The all-day festival will also feature family farm-identified, local and organic foods. In Farm Aid's HomeGrown Village, concertgoers will have the chance to meet farmers, engage in hands-on food and farm activities, and learn about how farmers are enriching the soil, protecting water and growing the economy.
Since 1985, Farm Aid, with the support of the artists who contribute their performances each year, has raised more than $43 million to support programs that help farmers thrive. Over the past 28 years, Farm Aid has made grants of more than $2.5 million in the Northeast – nearly $500,000 in New York alone. The grants support programs that expand access to family farm food and grow new markets for farmers.
Tickets for Farm Aid 2013 go on sale Friday, June 28, at 10 a.m. EDT. Tickets will be available at www.ticketmaster.com. Pre-sale tickets are now available to Farm Aid members at www.farmaid.org.
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