Blog | September 30, 2006

Ryan Talks Shop the Morning of the Concert

I was up at the crack of dawn, to run down my list of tasks for the day. It is a busy morning, even before the concert.

9:30am – I am meeting with local farmers to get to know them and what they do.

11:00am – Then off to the big press event, where the Farm Aid artists talk about why they perform at Farm Aid and why we should support small, family farms. This is always a highlight because then I get to hear the personal stories of the artists of their passion for farming. They are truly dedicated to come out this early and talk to press and local guest about their mission.

12:00Noon – Head to the bathroom for make-up. Seriously, I have been told that I need a touch-up before I get in front of the camera. I will try not to take it too personally.

12:30pm – Back to the big tent to check out the farm policy briefing that farmer advocates will be giving to those who stick around after the press event. It is important to know how policy will affect our farms.

Then the concert….

So I called last night to check in with my family back on our farm. Our family farm has been in our family since 1900 – so it’s 106 year’s old. I do hope that one day I will be able to keep it thriving in our family, but fear not; today I will stick with my life here backstage.

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