Blog | September 21, 2018

Here’s what you need to know for Farm Aid 2018

by Jessica Kurn

Farm Aid 2018 is shaping up to be a memorable day for the sellout crowd of 24,000 people joining us in Hartford, Connecticut. If you won’t be there with us, you can still be a part of the excitement.

Here are ways to join in at home!

  • Online: Stream video of Farm Aid 2018 right here at, from 3pm – 11pm EDT on September 22. Tune in for live performances from the stage and stories from Connecticut family farmers.
  • Television: Watch AXS TV‘s broadcast beginning at 7pm EDT.
  • Radio: Tune into Willie Nelson’s SiriusXM channel (59), Willie’s Roadhouse, for all the music plus backstage interviews and behind-the-scenes coverage of the event starting at noon EDT.

Step-by-step guide to a stellar Farm Aid festival

Get the details with the Farm Aid 2018 app: Get the Farm Aid 2018 app for iPhone and Android to create your personal schedule for the day; find out where you’re going with the festival map; check out the HOMEGROWN food and drink offerings; read about the hands-on activities in the HOMEGROWN Village; and learn about our Farmer Heroes.

Get your hands dirty: With dozens of exhibitors, the HOMEGROWN Village is where you can engage in hands-on food and farm activities, art projects and games. You’ll see farm machinery, robotics demonstrations and walk through a giant soil tunnel to learn about the ground under your feet. Bring seeds for our seed swap, learn how to turn common wildflowers into beautiful colored dyes, and make cheese at home!Meet a Farmer: We’re here to celebrate family farmers and they’re all around you at Farm Aid 2018! Look for people wearing the backstage pass marked “Farmer,” enjoy their food at HOMEGROWN Concessions®, and hear from them on the FarmYard stage.
Hear from the experts: Head to the FarmYard stage, in the HOMEGROWN Village, to hear farmers and artists discuss pressing issues and share inspiring stories showcasing food and farming in the region and across the country. Take a listen and learn a lot!Farm Aid 2018 HOMEGROWN Concessions Menu
Eat HOMEGROWN: We’re proud to offer family farm food throughout the venue. Our own HOMEGROWN Concessions® serves you family farm-identified, local and organic foods at major concert events. Options include: fish tacos and seafood ceviche; stone fruit salad; skewered Brussels sprouts; grass fed beef classic cheeseburgers; a beet sandwich on locally baked brioche, and many more delicious options!

Make Soil: We’re passionate about composting and recycling. All of our packaging and utensils can go right in the compost bin. Our Green Team is there to help you make sure your waste goes in the right place!

Wear the mission on your T-shirt: Take home an organic cotton Farm Aid T-shirt, hoodie, hat, or bag (all of which make their debut in our store today) and show off your farm fresh style.

Chat with a volunteer: Hundreds of folks donate their time to pitch in and create an incredible Farm Aid experience for all festivalgoers. Our team in the volunteer t-shirts are ready to help out in any way!

Reach out to your neighbors: Music and food bring people together. Whether you’re in line for a Patchwork Family Farms pork chop, spreading your blanket on the lawn, or swapping seeds in the HOMEGROWN Village, strike up a conversation and make some new friends.
Eat some crunchy apples at the HOMEGROWN Youthmarket: That’s our farm stand run by young people who care about agriculture. This year they’ll be selling local apples, pears and peaches from Lyman Orchards in Middlefield, Connecticut, and juices from Red Jacket Orchards of Geneva, New York.

Support the mission: We can’t do our work without you! Make a donation at one of our donation booths (or right here online) and show family farmers you stand with them.
Have fun and spread the word: Tell your friends and family about your Farm Aid experience by posting about #farmaid2018 and your #Road2FarmAid on social media.

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