Friday, September 07, 2007

Farm Aid Comes to NYC on Sunday

When one thinks “farming,” the first place that comes to mind might not be “New York City.” But as anyone who lives here knows, the Big Apple is packed with food-loving, greenmarket-shopping, rooftop-gardening people who love a great outdoor concert. So it’s just the place for this year’s Farm Aid Festival.

Farm Aid 2007: A Homegrown Festival will sprout up this Sunday, Sept. 9 on Randall’s Island (between Manhattan and Queens) starting at noon. The event will feature a bumper crop of family farm food vendors, interactive exhibits with farmers and activists, and some delicious American music from the rootsy (Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp) to the newfangled (Matisyahu, Supersuckers, the Ditty Bops). All musicians will perform full festival sets. Tickets are still available and start at $52.

Farm Aid started in 1985 to raise awareness about the loss of family farms and to raise funds that would help keep farm families on their land. Through their festivals, website, and other activities, Farm Aid works to promote food from family farms, grow the Good Food Movement, and promote fair farm policies. To date, they’ve raised over $30 million for the cause.

Sunday’s event promises to be fruitful and fun, so get out there and enjoy some farm fresh entertainment for a great cause in the middle of our great city!

Visit to learn more, or make a donation.

Posted by Amy Shaw.
Originally published on WorldChanging New York.

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