Insects and the City

Farm Aid 2014
by Amanda Giddon -- October 1st, 2014

A beautiful nuptial occurred in Raleigh this past September – one that may have been unforeseen to those who did not know the pair well, but fated nonetheless. The willowy wife that is the Environment joined her fiery spouse of rhythm and pitch, Music, under the tents of the Farm Aid music festival.

Image  from the Farm Aid Website

Image from the Farm Aid Website

Farm Aid has been marrying environmental issues and top musical performances for 28 years. Founders Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp inititated a creative platform to raise awareness about the loss of family farmland in the United States and raise money to help support farming families in need. Dave Matthews also joined the motley crew of board of directors. Not a bad lineup.

Photograph by Harli Grant

Photograph by Harli Grant

In addition to providing direct funding and support services to family farms, Farm Aid aims to expand family farm market share by supporting local and regional markets, and increasing the availability of family farmed food in urban areas and public establishments. 20,000 music lovers and foodies came out for this year’s show. Not a bad turnout.

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Photograph by Harli Grant

Why get in on the action? With family farmed food you can a support an individual’s livelihood with the guarantee of organic, humanely raised and local products farmed with the hand, grown with heart.

If delicious food, sustainable living and gestures of generosity aren’t enough to get you going, perhaps performances by Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews, Jack White and Gary Clark Jr. would have brought you to your feet. Check out a summary of last month’s events on the Farm Aid Website, and be sure to jump on the bandwagon for Farm Aid 2015. Though the rotating festival will be uprooted from Raleigh next year, it’s sure to be a beautiful dance between nature and tunes.

Photograph by Harli Grant

Photograph by Harli Grant

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