FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 21, 2009

CONTACT:
Maria Enie
(202) 331-4323
menie@vancomm.com

Farm Aid to Host Homegrown Urban Country Fair

Celebrate modern homesteading with Farm Aid, HOMEGROWN.org and more on October 3 at Tower Grove Farmers' Market in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS— On Saturday, October 3, Farm Aid is inviting St. Louisans to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty.

The free HOMEGROWN Urban Country Fair, curated by Farm Aid’s online community, HOMEGROWN.org, will feature exhibits and workshops showcasing ways that everybody can get involved with good food. From urban farming to composting, beekeeping, home brewing and all things in between, the Fair promises a day of hands-on, interactive experiences. Farm Aid’s partners for the event include All Along Press; The Greenhorns; KDHX Community Media; Local Harvest Grocery, Cafe and Catering; and the Tower Grove Farmers Market.

For more information about Farm Aid, visit www.farmaid.org and follow www.twitter.com/farmaid.
To join the HOMEGROWN conversation, go to www.HOMEGROWN.org.

WHAT: The HOMEGROWN Urban Country Fair

WHO: Organized by Farm Aid and HOMEGROWN.org

EXHIBITS: The fair will feature vendors celebrating modern homesteading and the connection to good food, farmers and the earth. Fair goers will also enjoy live music by The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir and The Northwoods. Exhibits will include:

The Burning Kumquat Urban Farm — Urban farming YellowTree Farm — Urban homesteading
The Greenhorns — Getting started in farming and seed cleaning Schlafly Beer — Home brewing
Organic Valley — Butter making and young farmers Upcycle Exchange — Crafting and repurposing
Floating Farms — Aquaculture Earthdance — crowd-sourced mural painting
Eastern Missouri Beekeepers Association — Beekeeping! Rachel Bigler — Fermentation

WHEN: October 3, 2009, 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: Tower Grove Farmers’ Market, Tower Grove Park West of the Pool Pavilion

Interview and Photo Opportunities: Farmers, exhibitors and HOMEGROWNers will be available for interviews at the event to share a little more about what it’s like to live the HOMEGROWN life. Live broadcasts welcome. Contact Maria Enie at menie@vancomm.com or at (202) 331-4323.

Farm Aid founded HOMEGROWN.org to be a place where the love for food and the land evolves, deepens, and becomes something more fulfilling. The HOMEGROWN.org social network is a community of like-minded do-it-yourselfers who can share the bigger stories that food has to share.

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, with the support of the artists who contribute their performances each year, has raised nearly $36 million to support programs that help farmers thrive, expand the reach of the Good Food Movement, take action to change the dominant system of industrial agriculture and promote food from family farms.