NOTE: New Farm was proud to be a part of Farm
Aid's pre-conference kick-off at Seattle’s Pike
Place market. Visitors to our booth were treated to
for a bargain? handout, which exposes the
hidden costs of conventional agriculture, encouraged
out against factory farming and in support
of a national farm to school program and were then
given a New Farm patch. Sorry we currently have no virtual
equivalent of our patch (or of the rainy Seattle weather)
but the rest can be assessed with a click of the mouse.
SEATTLE, Washington, September 20, 2004 (ENS):
Family farmers and good food for a healthy America were
in the spotlight at the annual Farm Aid benefit concert
Saturday at the White River Amphitheatre on the Muckleshoot
Reservation, just outside Seattle. This was the first
time the concert was held on the West Coast.
"It is important that we, as a nation, renew our
determination to support family farming," said
Farm Aid president and founder Willie Nelson. "All
around the country, people are reaching for family farm
identified, locally produced, high quality food. Because
of the heightened demand for good food, a world of economic
opportunities is opening up for farmers. Farm Aid will
continue to promote this movement for family farm food."
Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp organized
the first Farm Aid concert in 1985 to raise awareness
about the loss of family farms and to raise funds to
keep farm families on their land. Dave Matthews joined
the Farm Aid Board of Directors in 2001.
Farm Aid has raised $26 million to promote a strong
family farm system of agriculture. Through public education
and direct grants, Farm Aid supports national, regional
and local efforts to build and strengthen family farm
food systems. Farm Aid promotes sustainable agriculture,
fights factory farms, advocates for fair farm prices,
and provides credit counseling and direct assistance
to farm families.
Farm Aid promoted its newest publication at the Seattle
benefit, "10 Ways to Ensure Healthy Food for You
and Your Family." The guide contains tips to help
people support family farm agriculture through individual
and community action.
Farm Aid and local family farm organizations collaborated
to host a "10 Ways in 10 Days" series of events
at Pike Place Market, involving area residents in local
food and farm initiatives in the 10 days leading up
to the concert.
"Everyone can play a role to defend and promote
family farms and good food," said Carolyn Mugar,
Farm Aid executive director. "Farm Aid is for family
farm agriculture and all the benefits that family farmers
bring to the table in addition to good, healthful food:
faithful stewardship of the land, strong local communities,
and our link to sustainable food production for the
The line-up for this year's concert included founders
Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, and Neil Young as well
as fellow board member Dave Matthews, Jerry Lee Lewis,
Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, Trick Pony, Tony Coleman,
Blue Merle, Kitty Jerry, Kate Voegele, and the Canadian
duo Tegan and Sara.
The official webcast of Farm Aid 2004 can be seen on
Farm Aid's Web site http://www.farmaid.org.
The webcast includes performances by Willie Nelson,
Neil Young, John Mellencamp, and Dave Matthews. Virtual
tickets are available at: www.farmaid.org for a $10
Sponsors include Silk Soymilk, Nantucket Nectars, TalentMatch.com,
Organic Valley Family of Farms, Earthbound Farms, Annie's
Homegrown, Horizon Organic, GRACE: Global Resource Action
Center for the Environment, American Apparel, Larry's
Markets, Nine Systems, ViewCast, Giving Nature Foods,
Burien Auto Dealers Association, Alori and Chouinard.