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​Farm Aid 2015: September 19

"The first Farm Aid concert featured more than 50 artists on one stage. In the 29 years since, hundreds more artists have given their time and talent to support family farmers. This year, we would like to invite even more artists to join us onstage as we celebrate family farm agriculture." – Willie Nelson

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Music Preservation Project

Farm Aid Music Preservation Project

Featuring performances by nearly 400 artists since 1985, Farm Aid has a rich trove of musical archives that are culturally significant and artistically important.

Learn about our new project to preserve and maintain these moments for the benefit of future generations.

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Thirty Years of Action for Family Farmers

Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young organized a groundbreaking concert in 1985 to raise awareness and funds to help America's family farmers, sparking a family farm movement that continues to this day. Dave Matthews joined the Board of Directors in 2001, adding another strong voice to Farm Aid's work. Check out our interactive timeline with highlights from Farm Aid's thirty years.

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​Farmer Hero

​For this month's Farmer Hero profile, we spoke with Pete Flynn, a first-generation Pennsylvania farmer. He and his family are growing good food for their community while helping to feed the hungry at the Chester County Food Bank.

Pete says, "I believe in the importance of sustainability of local food — it just makes sense."

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Farmer Resource Network

Farm Aid Resource Network

Connects family farmers with hundreds of organizations that have ideas for diversifying and strengthening their farms.

Whether you're looking for help writing a business plan or applying for a loan, you're interested in learning new farming methods, or you're hoping to get involved in local advocacy efforts, find it in the Farm Aid Resource Network.

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Farmer Hero

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Sandra Garner

Sandra is a farmer who was suddenly dropped from her poultry contract without warning. Since then, she and her family have innovated to stay on the land that they've farmed for eight generations. Read more >>

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Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson

For the truly multi-dimensional Willie Nelson—singer, songwriter, Gypsy jazz guitarist, producer, bandleader, family man, perennially touring musician, Hollywood actor, entrepreneur, rancher, golfer, proud Texan, leader of the Good Food Movement, and godfather of music’s Outlaw Country movement—it continues to be a hell of a ride. Shotgun Willie, whose 75th birthday was celebrated on April 30, 2008, has been making music over the course of eight distinct decades and has been a recording artist for more than five of those decades.

While he started his colorful career picking cotton at the age of three in his hometown of Abbott, Texas, Willie grew to become the creative genius behind historic recordings like "Crazy," "Hello Walls," “Red Headed Stranger” and “Stardust.” Willie’s catalog boasts more than 200 albums. He's earned every conceivable honor to be bestowed upon a person in his profession, including six GRAMMY wins, a President's Merit Award, a Grammy Legend Award and the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. Willie’s latest projects, reflecting his boundless creativity and diverse talent, include a foray into fiction and a collaboration with jazz great Wynton Marsalis.

“A Tale Out of Luck,” co-authored with Mike Blakely, is a classic western tale, that brings to life characters and themes central to any great Wild West novel—Texas Rangers, cattle rustling, Indians warriors, women of ill repute, saloons, shootouts and more.“A Tale Out of Luck”is the back story for Willie’s false-front western town which he built outside of Austin, and named, “Luck.”

Willie Nelson & Wynton Marsalis’s acclaimed collaboration Two Men with the Blues debuted in July at #20 on the Billboard Top 200 chart with first week sales of 21,650, marking a career-high for both of these legendary artists. Released July 8, 2008, by Blue Note Records, Two Men with the Blues has also been garnering rave reviews from critics across the musical spectrum. The Boston Globe called it “an unmitigated, ear-tickling success,” while Billboard remarked that the album’s “enviably assured vibe pretty much drips out of the speakers.”

Jazz at Lincoln Center has also just announced a return engagement to the site where the album was recorded live in January 2007. On February 9, 2009, Willie & Wynton will reunite, this time in JALC’s Rose Theater to help celebrate the 70th anniversary of Blue Note Records.

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