FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 1, 2009

CONTACT:
Maria Enie
(724) 816-3368
menie@vancomm.com

Farm Aid Invites TV and Radio Stations to Broadcast Live from St. Louis Music Festival

Farm Aid works with St. Louis farmers, businesses, and organizations to achieve a local flavor at Farm Aid 2009 Presented by Horizon Organic

ST. LOUIS— Farm Aid will welcome radio and television stations to the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Maryland Heights to capture the excitement of Farm Aid’s first annual benefit concert in Missouri.

WHAT: Live broadcast opportunity

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 2 – Sunday, Oct. 4

WHERE: Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, 14141 Riverport Drive, Maryland Heights, MO

If you would like to broadcast live from Farm Aid, please contact Maria Enie at (724) 816-3368. An area outside the main entrance has been designated for live broadcasts and parking staff will direct crews to this location.

Information about Farm Aid 2009 Presented by Horizon Organic:

  • Farm Aid’s HOMEGROWN Village will feature hands-on activities that give concertgoers a chance to meet farmers, get their hands dirty, and learn about the ways family farmers are enriching our soil, protecting our water, and growing alternative fuels in addition to bringing us good food.
  • Farm Aid 2009 Presented by Horizon Organic will feature food with local or organic, family farm-sourced ingredients at concessions. The concert is the biggest family farm restaurant in St. Louis and it's open for one day only! Concessions include cheeseburgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, veggie dogs, jalapeno corndogs, bratwurst, chicken tenders, chicken breast sandwiches, pizzas, French fries, sweet and sour wasabi chicken wraps and veggie salad roll-ups. Concessions at the show will also feature BBQ ham steaks, pork chops and brats from Patchwork Family Farms and a farmers market presented by Sappington Farmers Market where concertgoers can buy fresh fruit, baked goods and treats.
  • Farm Aid is partnering with St. Louis businesses to help achieve zero waste goals during the concert and add to the established Verizon Wireless Amphitheater recycling program. With the help of Replenishing the Earth and Route 66 Organics, all compostable waste at the concert will be turned into a valuable agricultural material. Volunteers will be on hand to help concertgoers differentiate between landfill-bound trash; recyclables like plastic, and compostables like food waste and certified compostable foodservice-ware. Additionally, the energy used to produce the concert will be offset by the purchasing of renewable energy certificates through Bonneville Environmental Foundation. Farm Aid’s concert greening initiatives are underwritten by Horizon Organic and Silk Soymilk.
  • Farm Aid is calling on concertgoers to bring non-perishable food items with them to the concert for a food drive that will benefit the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry and the St. Louis Area Foodbank.
  • Farm Aid 2009 Presented by Horizon Organic will feature performances by Farm Aid president and founder Willie Nelson and board members Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews, who will perform with Tim Reynolds, as well as Gretchen Wilson, Jason Mraz, Wilco, Jamey Johnson, Phosphorescent, Billy Joe Shaver, Will Dailey, Ernie Isley & the Jam Band, Ryan Bingham & the Dead Horses, The Blackwood Quartet, and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real. Doors for the event will open at 12:30 p.m.
  • For fans at home, DIRECTV will exclusively broadcast Farm Aid 2009 live and in HD on The 101 Network beginning at 5:00 pm ET. DIRECTV has pledged to match all of its customer donations up to $50,000 made between September 1 and October 31, 2009.
  • Farm Aid 2009 Presented by Horizon Organic will be a webcast presented by EternaGreen and will stream live at www.farmaid.org beginning at 5:00 pm ET.
  • Concertgoers and people watching and listening to Farm Aid 2009 Presented by Horizon Organic at home can text FARMER to 90999 to donate $5 to help Farm Aid keep family farmers on their land.

Join the Farm Aid conversation on Twitter at www.twitter.com/FarmAid. For more information about Farm Aid visit www.farmaid.org.

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.

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**Editors’ and Producers’ Note: The deadline to request advance credentials for Farm Aid 2009 Presented by Horizon Organic has passed, but outlets are allowed to credential at the venue on Sunday, October 4, beginning at 9 a.m. If you are planning to credential on-site, please call Maria Enie at (724) 816-3368.**