This post comes to us from Deb Leedom, a generous Farm Aid supporter.
For ten years, my husband Brian and I have been honored to be part of the Farm Aid Family and Community. This is our 10th year celebrating and supporting Farm Aid.
Our first show was Farm Aid 2007 at Randall’s Island in New York City. We bought tickets solely to see this amazing line up of bands—we knew nothing about Farm Aid and had barely heard of the organization behind the concert. When would we ever get to see Greg Allman play at the same show as Matisyahu? Or Guster play with Willie Nelson? This was before so many mixed genre festivals came on the scene, so we had to check it out.
Brian and I remember like yesterday when John Mellencamp came on stage and started talking about what Farm Aid was about. John caught our attention when he asked the audience if we ever ask where our food comes from and do we know who grows our food. Brian and I said to each other, “No, never, why?”
We went to New York ten years ago for the music and left the show loving the cause.
John’s question sent us on a new path. Over the years, we have become more and more educated about how important it is to support our family farmers so we know how are food is grown, where it is sourced from and, most of all, what GOOD FOOD tastes like! We went to New York ten years ago for the music and left the show loving the cause. May all you newbies have your heart strings tugged like ours were!
See you at the show,
Deb and Brian Leedom
Costa Mesa, CA