|Farm Aid Week Celebrates Good Food From Family Farms|
Revised on Sept. 9
PHILADELPHIA-Farm Aid will bring the energy of the good food movement to Philadelphia and Camden, NJ with a series of food and farm events beginning on Friday, September 22. Events will celebrate good food and help connect local residents with family farmers. Farm Aid's week of activities will culminate on Saturday, September 30 at the Tweeter Center at the Waterfront in Camden, NJ with the annual benefit concert, Farm Aid 2006 Presented by Silk Soymilk. For more information on Farm Aid's week of events, visit www.farmaid.org
Sept. 22 to Oct. 1-Fresh From the Family Farm: A Restaurant Campaign to Benefit Farm Aid
Sample farm fresh menu items sourced from local farms. For a complete list of participating restaurants in the greater Philadelphia and South Jersey region, visit www.farmaid.org
Sept. 23-Urban Farm Bike Tour
Weavers Way Co-op, Philadelphia, 8:30 a.m.
Cyclists will take off from Weavers Way Co-op's farm at Awbury Arboretum in Philadelphia and finish at Yards Brewery Company courtyard for a picnic. Along the way, learn about three unique urban farms, a dynamic urban gardening program and taste the local produce. Learn more and register for this free event at http://weaversway.org/index.php or call (215) 843-5704.
Sept. 23-Drawing for pair of tickets to Farm Aid
Collingswood, NJ Farmers Market
Collingswood Farmers Market will hold a drawing for a pair of Farm Aid tickets. For more info call (856) 559-0234.
Sept. 25-White Dog Caf Foundation's Local Foods Expo
Reading Terminal Market, Philadelphia, 4 - 6 p.m.
Come out and enjoy the bounties of the Delaware River Valley and meet area farmers. Sample a variety of delicious products from local farms for free! For more information contact Fair Food at (215) 386-5211 ext. 101.
Sept. 27 - Sept. 29-Daily Drawing of Farm Aid Tickets
Reading Terminal Market, Philadelphia, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Visit the Fair Food Farmstand each day to enter your name for a chance to win free lawn tickets to the Farm Aid concert.
Sept. 29-Making Urban-Rural Connections: A Bus Tour with Farmers
Holiday Inn, Cherry Hill, NJ, 8:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Farm Aid and family farmers from across the country will tour several innovative and organic farm programs. Stops will include Pheasant Hill Farm, Rodale Institute Farm and Somerton Tanks Farm. For more information, visit www.farmaid.org/farmtour.
Sept. 30-Farm Aid 2006 Presented by Silk Soymilk
Farm Aid president and founder Willie Nelson and board members Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews, as well as Jerry Lee Lewis with Roy Head, Los Lonely Boys, Arlo Guthrie, Gov't Mule, Steve Earle and Allison Moorer, Steel Pulse, Shelby Lynne, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Jimmy Sturr & his Orchestra, Pauline Reese and Danielle Evin will perform on the Farm Aid stage. Gates open at 1:00 p.m. Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, the Tweeter Center box office, or charge by phone at (215) 336-2000 or (856) 338-9000. For more information and concert details visit www.farmaid.org.
Sept. 30-Camden Children's Garden FARM FEST
Camden Children's Garden, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
FARM FEST will promote the importance of eating fresh fruits and vegetables and buying locally grown produce. Activities will include nutrition and planting activities for children of all ages, storybook reading, entertainment and a farmers market with locally grown produce. Co-sponsored by Jersey Fresh/NJ Dept. of Agriculture. Open to the public: $3 children, $5 adults. Free to Camden residents and Farm Aid ticket holders. For more information call 856-365-8733.
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 raises awareness about the critical role of family farms and has raised more than $29 million to build and strengthen family farm food production. Between 1985 and 2005, 80 percent of Farm Aid's total expenditures was spent on programs to benefit family farmers, exceeding charity watchdog standards. Through public education, program activities and grants, Farm Aid promotes food from family farms and sustainable agriculture, fights factory farms, advocates for fair farm prices and provides disaster assistance and credit counseling to farm families.