FARM AID 2022 DEMONSTRATES THE CLIMATE RESILIENCE OF FAMILY FARMERS

The annual festival brings together farmers, advocates and artists working to build a resilient and sustainable food system

RALEIGH, North Carolina, September 24, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Against the backdrop of an urgent climate crisis, Farm Aid 2022 highlighted both the ways family farmers North Carolinathe Southeast and the whole country are affected by this crisis and the positive ways they are responding to it, by sequestering carbon and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Farm Aid 2022 logo – original illustration (PRNewsfoto/Farm Aid)

To the sold-out festival at Coastal Credit Union Music Park in Walnut Creek in Raleigh, North CarolinaPresident and Founder of Farm Aid willie nelson commended family farmers for showing tenacity and courage in the midst of growing climate-related obstacles.

“By bringing Farm Aid back to North Carolina we can show what family farmers are doing for the benefit of all, through their on-farm practices,” Nelson said. “Family farmers have an intimate relationship with the earth’s soil and water. By investing in the long-term health of our soils, water and climate, farmers are giving back to the land that provides us all with good food. »

Farm Aid board members joined Nelson on stage John Mellencamp, David Matthews (play with Tim Reynolds) and Margo Priceas good as Chris Stapleton, Sheryl Raven, Lucas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Allison Russell, Charley Croquet, Britney SpencerParticle Kid, the Wisdom Indian Dancers and the Red Clay Singers, all of whom donated their time and talent for the 10 a.m. show.

The day-long festival kicked off with a conversation between artists and farmers about climate change and the future of farms and food. At the morning press event, a diverse group of farmers and food producers shared their stories of how unpredictable and devastating weather conditions, exacerbated by climate change, are putting their land and crops at risk. Yet despite the challenges, each farmer described how they are using regenerative farming practices, like cattle grazing, organic farming and increasing biodiversity on their farms, to help reduce the impact of change. climate on their own farms and in our country.

“Farmers are on the front line of climate change and know its consequences only too well,” said the executive director of Farm Aid. Caroline Mugar. “At the same time, family farmers are the best resources we have to minimize the consequences of climate change. We all need to support proactive agricultural and food policies that support climate-resilient family farmers and pastoralists as they manage our soil and strengthen our food system.”

On Thursday, Farm Aid brought together farmers, climate and environmental justice advocates, activists and policy makers to dig deeper into the challenges farmers face as a result of our urgent climate crisis, and the solutions they are providing to combat climate change. The event was held at the historic Raleigh City Market Hall, built in 1914 as Raleigh First farmer’s market. On Friday, Farm Aid organized two farm visits to Raleigh– and Durham-farms in the region and a screening of “The Smell of Money”, a documentary film that highlights the impact of industrial pig farms on North Carolina communities.

On Friday, members of the Farm Aid community were honored with the Farm Helper Spirit award for their dedication to the organization and to family farmers. The winners included a long-time producer of the show Farm Aid Charlie Hernandez and his wife and accomplice Andrea Fulkerson; artist Tim Reynolds who played with David Matthews every year since 2007; volunteer Adam Baker; Fairmont, North Carolina farmer Craig Watts; and farmer advocate Horn of Savi of the land loss prevention project.

Farm Aid’s HOMEGROWN Village offered hands-on activities to celebrate agriculture and give festival-goers the opportunity to meet farmers in person and learn how they enrich our soil, protect our water, grow our economy and bring us benefits. good food for good health. Local and national organizations participated and participants learned how to glean and relocate food systems to prevent avoidable food waste; discovered North Carolina local farms, markets and agricultural products; and tested their food and farming knowledge in games, while learning about the dangers of corporate consolidation.

Throughout the day, artists and farmers gathered on the FarmYard Stage to discuss challenges and opportunities in agriculture, including climate change, farmer mental health, food policy and Indigenous agriculture.

Farm Aid HOMEGROWN Concessions® featured menu items prepared with ingredients that meet Farm Aid’s HOMEGROWN criteria: (1) produced by family farmers, (2) using environmentally friendly practices, and (3) with farmers receiving a fair price for their produce. Choice of food included North Carolina grass-fed beef burgers, pulled pork and links hot dogs; local soft dairy service, heirloom Motherland Okra in a bowl of grains, beans and greens; heirloom tomato sandwiches on bread North Carolina– cultivated organic wheat; Shrimps and Grits, North Carolina-caught fish; and organic red beans and Charleston Gold brown rice salad. Young people from two local chapters of the FFA and the National Grange set up a HOMEGROWN Youth Market to sell local apples, peaches and muscat grapes to festival-goers.

Festival-goers and fans who tune in at home can catch the whole show live on FarmAid.orgagricultural aid Youtube channel and DISH’s Facebook page starting at 11 a.m. ET with―for the first time―the Farm Aid press event.

“Farm Aid 2022” will air on Circle Network at 7 p.m. ET, as well as on its Facebook, Twitter and TikTok pages. SiriusXM subscribers can also listen to Farm Aid 2022 on Willie’s Roadhouse (channel 59) and Dave Matthews Band Radio (channel 30) via SiriusXM Radios and on the SXM app. The cover also featured a behind-the-scenes look at the Farm Aid festival at Raleigh and the organization’s year-round work to strengthen family farming.

Farm Aid 2022 sponsors included DISH Network, Patagonia Workwear, Coastal Credit Union Foundation, Moink, Spindrift, Frontier Co-Op, Institute for Emerging Issues and Deep River Brewing Company.

Farm Aid will continue to give away rare and unique artist-signed items and other memorabilia, including guitars, albums and prints, with proceeds benefiting Farm Aid. The silent auction will take place online at farmmaid.org/auction until October 7.

Farm Aid’s mission is to build a vibrant, family-farming centered agricultural system in America. Farm Aid Artists and Board Members willie nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, David Matthews and Margo Price organize an annual festival to raise funds to support Farm Aid’s work with family farmers and to inspire people to choose food from the family farm. Since 1985, Farm Aid, with the support of artists who contribute their performances each year, has raised over $64 million to support programs that help farmers thrive, expand the reach of the Good Food Movement, take action to change the dominant system of factory farming, and promote food from family farms.

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