August 24, 2007

Brandi Dobbins
(202) 331-4323


Farm Aid Events Celebrate Good Food From Family Farms

NEW YORK-Farm Aid will introduce New Yorkers to HOMEGROWN with two weeks of events that connect local residents with family farms. The highlight will be the annual benefit concert, Farm Aid 2007: A HOMEGROWN Festival, on Sunday, September 9, at Randall's Island in New York City. For more information on Farm Aid's events, visit

HOMEGROWN is an invitation to taste family farm food, to explore the sources of our food and to meet the farmers who tend the soil. Farm Aid's New York events will showcase the direct connection between what happens on the farm and the food we eat every day.

Farm Aid 2007: New York City HOMEGROWN Events:

Ongoing: HOMEGROWN New York

Put yourself on Farm Aid's interactive map of New York City and let fellow New Yorkers know where they can find food from family farmers throughout the five boroughs - at local farmers markets, community supported agriculture programs, community gardens, rooftop gardens, grocery stores or even in your kitchen. To add your favorite spots to the map, visit

August 26: Brooklyn Backyard BBQ to Benefit Farm Aid

The Yard, 388-400 Carroll Street, Brooklyn, 3 - 9 p.m. Join Farm Aid for a rustic backyard barbecue along the banks of the Gowanus Canal at The Yard in Brooklyn for good family food and great local music. Tickets are available for $10 at the door or in advance at

Sept. 4 - Sept. 10: Farm Aid's Fresh from the Family Farm Restaurant Campaign

Come out and enjoy the "Fresh From the Family Farm" special menu items at participating New York restaurants and support Farm Aid. Restaurants will donate at least one-half of the net proceeds of that menu item - which will use foods that are either grown locally; produced by a family farm using sustainable, humane farming practices; or certified organic - to Farm Aid. For a full list of restaurants, visit

Sept. 7: Farm Aid and Sustainable Table Harvest BBQ

Gigi Market at Greig Farm, Red Hook, New York, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Farm Aid will hook up with the Sustainable Table's Eat Well Guided Tour of America for a Harvest BBQ on the farm. If you bring a homemade pie made from sustainable, local ingredients, you can attend the BBQ for free. All HOMEGROWN pies will be entered into a contest where participants could win two free tickets to Farm Aid 2007: A HOMEGROWN Festival on Sept. 9. Tickets for the Harvest BBQ are available for $20 per person. Local farmers can attend for free. To purchase tickets, contact Gigi Market at (845) 758-1999.

Sept. 8: Farm Aid's Homegrown Fair at Union Square

Union Square, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Join Farm Aid to celebrate New York farm and food efforts that are building the city's local food system. With stage performances by musicians including Nations Beat, The Ebony Hillbillies, Jimmy Nations Combo, the Dittybops and Adrienne Young and Little Sadie as well as demonstrations and other presentations from family farm grassroots organizations, this fair at Union Square should not be missed! Drawings for tickets to Farm Aid 2007: A HOMEGROWN Festival will be held every hour.

Sept. 9: Farm Aid 2007: A HOMEGROWN Festival

Randall's Island, Gates at Noon
Farm Aid 2007: A HOMEGROWN Festival will feature inspiring music, an abundance of family farm food vendors and hands-on, interactive experiences in its HOMEGROWN Village. Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, and Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds will be joined by Gregg Allman, The Allman Brothers Band, Counting Crows, Matisyahu, Guster, The Derek Trucks Band, Warren Haynes, Supersuckers, The Ditty Bops and Montgomery Gentry for the full-day festival. Tickets are on sale now at For festival details, visit

Sept. 12: 5% Day at Whole Foods Market to Benefit Farm Aid

Support Farm Aid by shopping at Whole Foods Markets on Wednesday, Sept. 12. Thirteen Whole Foods Market Stores in CT, NY and NJ will donate 5 percent of their total sales to Farm Aid. To see a list of participating locations in the tri-state area, visit

Farm Aid's mission is to build a vibrant family-farm centered system of agriculture in America. Farm Aid artists and board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews host an annual concert to raise funds to support Farm Aid's work with family farmers and to inspire people to choose family-farmed food. Since 1985, Farm Aid has raised more than $30 million to support programs that help farmers thrive, expand the reach of the Good Food Movement, take action to change the current system of industrial agriculture and promote food from family farms.