A Homegrown Concert, a Nationally Harvested Message – a reportback from Farm Aid 2013

This article was originally posted at sustainablekentucky.com. Twenty Seven years ago, before I even liked carrots, a serious farm crisis was going down and it was about to take family farms with it. In the seventies, leading up to the crisis, interest rates were low, export commodities were high, and farmers, hoping to become more efficient, increased production and borrowed money to purchase land and equipment. During the credit crisis of the eighties,... Read More

NYFC Tests Farm Aid Participants Young Farmer IQ

Andrew Pezzullo and I manning our NYFC table Whether they were farmers, folks who grew up on their parents’ farm, families who like to eat farm-fresh food, or just fans of good ol’ country music, Farm Aid 2012 brought 29,000 people together last Saturday in Hershey, Pennsylvania in support of family farmers. Since its first concert in 1985, Farm Aid has raised $40 million dollars to promote a “strong and resilient family farm system... Read More

Connect with Young Farmers at Farm Aid Tomorrow!

Headed to Farm Aid tomorrow?   Connect with NYFC while there and getting involved!  The Young Farmers’ Coalition will have a table in the Farm Aid Farmyard area along with other farm-related organizations.   This is the perfect opportunity to learn more about joining the national coalition, starting a local group, and what can be done to support beginning farmers. More about Farm Aid:  Each year, Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, Neil... Read More