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Blog | December 9, 2015

I know starting Farm Aid was the right thing to do.

by Carolyn Mugar

Many generous people donated to Farm Aid last week on #GivingTuesday. They gave even more than money — they shared with us why they believe in Farm Aid’s work.

One loyal donor summed it up perfectly, I think. She said:

Supporting Farm Aid is the right thing to do. It’s the farmer who feeds us all, and we desperately need to help them in this food fight we are in. I came from a family of farmers who worked the land and owned the land. Not to mention, I love Willie Nelson.

When I joined Farm Aid in 1985, I had a lot to learn about who grows our food, and how. Like this donor, I just knew that what Willie, John and Neil had started with Farm Aid was the right thing to do.

This year, with your help, Farm Aid:

  • Helped new farmers get started with resources and know-how through our hotline and Farmer Resource Network.
  • Supported family farmers as they transitioned to practices to take better care of our soil and water.
  • Responded to hundreds of family farmers in urgent need, usually with financial struggles.
  • Brought farmer voices to Washington to call for needed change in farm policy to fortify family farmers against the power of big money.
  • Acted immediately to assist farmers and ranchers when weather disasters struck in South Carolina and across the Midwest.
  • Gave more than $610,000 in grants, supporting farmers, farm advocates and farm organizations across the country.
  • Rallied more than 27,000 people at Farm Aid 30 in Chicago to celebrate family farmers with a day of inspiring music, our HOMEGROWN Village and family farm food.

All of this extraordinary work makes a real difference in the lives of farm families, and all of us who eat. Farm Aid can’t do this work without you. Please, give a gift right now to support family farmers and good food.

When we strengthen family farmers, we are all stronger.

P.S. For the record, I love Willie Nelson too. And I love the organization that he founded 30 years ago. Thanks for being part of it by making a donation to Farm Aid right now.

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