If you’re not familiar with Farm Aid, it's an annual all-day music festival that has one goal: to raise money that will help keep farmers on their land so that they can continue to raise crops that help feed people.
Farm Aid was the brainchild of Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young. The idea came about in 1985 during The Live Aid concert. Bob Dylan was on stage and mentioned that he hoped the concert would go to help farmers who were losing, not only their livelihood, but also their farms. Shortly after that, Farm Aid was born.
Nelson, who is the Farm Aid President said, "Family farmers are the backbone of our country. But today, they're endangered. Whether you live in cities like Hartford or rural areas of New England, each of us has the power to create positive lasting change in our farm and food system."
Since 1985, Farm Aid has raised more than 53 million to help family farmers as well as motivated millions to give and take part in the Good Food Movement. Farm Aid is Saturday September 22nd at The Xfinity Theater in Hartford. This is the first time this event has been held in Connecticut.
This year's headliners include: Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Tim Reynolds and Chris Stapelton. Tickets are on sale Friday, June 29th at 10:00am.