The HOMEGROWN Village

If Farm Aid’s stage is the heart of Farm Aid, the HOMEGROWN Village is the hands! Inside the HOMEGROWN Village, food and farm groups from across the country come together to exhibit their work and to give concertgoers a chance to get their hands dirty and dig into the Good Food Movement.

The HOMEGROWN Village is a space for concertgoers to mingle with farmers, engage in hands-on food and farm activities and learn about the ways family farmers are enriching our soil, protecting our water and growing our economy, in addition to bringing us good food for good health.

Under the HOMEGROWN Skills Tent, folks will learn agrarian skills like vermicomposting, sustainable papermaking, and beekeeping. On Farm Yard stage, farmers and artists will engage in live briefings on agricultural issues. In the Farm Aid Action Center, concertgoers can take action to bring Congress’ attention to important matters that affect farmers and eaters.

This year’s HOMEGROWN Village will take place on September 17th between noon and 5:30pm.

If you are interested in participating, email village@farmaid.org.


HOMEGROWN Village 2016

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What does local food mean to you? What can we build to help us all eat closer to home and support family farmers in our area? How are you growing a strong, local Good Food Movement in your region?

Do You Know What You’re Eating?

Presented by Food & Water Watch, Washington, DC

Without labels, would you know if your food is genetically modified or your food’s country of origin? Take a stab at your best guesses in an informative game with Food & Water Watch!

What’s On Your Fork?

Presented by American Farmland Trust, Washington, DC

Join American Farmland Trust to learn firsthand from local farmers why shopping at your farmers’ market matters, and take a moment to say “thanks” to family farmers across the nation by recording a video message!

Food: Use It or Lose It

Presented by Society of St. Andrew, Big Island, VA

Take your potato truck around a path that will lead to the landfill, a farm field, farm animals or a feeding agency as you play a 3-D game to learn about food waste and hunger issues in America and how you can make a difference!

From Farm to Corner Store

Presented by DC Central Kitchen, Washington, DC

Getting a grocery store in a food desert is ideal, but improving the quality of food in stores that are already there has a more immediate effect. Learn about quick meals you can make from fresh produce and corner store ingredients, role-play as a consumer in a food desert with a specific budget, and learn how DC Central Kitchen is bringing Farm-to-Convenience Store to DC’s most underserved neighborhoods!

Reducing Food Waste: Cosmetically Challenged Food

Presented by West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition, Fayetteville, WV

Did you know your food had to win a beauty contest to get on your plate? Each year hundreds of thousands of pounds of food get tossed away or left in the field because it’s “ugly” even though it’s perfectly tasty and nutritious! Come see the difference between “grade A” and “ugly” produce and how it all can be eaten!

District Fresh: Growing Food Justice In DC

Presented by Dreaming Out Loud, INC., Washington, DC

Explore a “miniature urban farm” while examining social justice through a food lens that highlights urban agriculture as a community organizing tool and economic driver.


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Farmers are the backbone of America’s food system and our economy. What does it take to be a farmer? What challenges and opportunities are facing family farmers of all generations and backgrounds? How can we sustain and support the future of farming in America?

Cultivating the Chesapeake Foodshed:  Growing the Next Generation of Chesapeake Farmers

Presented by Future Harvest Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture (CASA), Cockeysville, MD

Come play Chesapeake Foodshed “Jeopardy” to learn how our local economy, environment, and collective health are hindered by non-sustainable agricultural practices, and how Future Harvest CASA works to educate new and continuing farmers in sustainable growing practices.

Industrial Hemp: A Solution

Presented by Virginia Industrial Hemp Coalition, Nellysford, VA, National Hemp Association, Boulder, CO, & Growing Warriors, Vernon, KY

Industrial hemp is going back to the future to provide sustainable resource development for family farms! Learn about the first industrial hemp crop in Virginia in over 70 years while checking out a hemp guitar autographed by Willie Nelson.

Growing for the Future

Presented by National Farmers Union, Washington, DC

Test your knowledge of what it takes to be a beginning farmer by participating in lively games of trivia with fellow concertgoers. In between rounds, hear stories from Beginning Farmer Institute’s participants about their experiences!

Help Farm Animals and the Farmers Who Care For Them: Shop With Your Heart

Presented by American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, (ASPCA), New York, NY

Have fun in a photo booth, record a video message, and learn how to Shop With Your Heart to support a better world for farm animals and farmers!

We Need #MoreFarmers

Presented by National Young Farmers Coalition, Hudson, NY

Put your social media skills to work and learn why America needs #morefarmers. While you’re at it, help turn the tide towards federal farm policy that supports the next generation of farmers!

Factory Farms Harm Our Rural Communities

Presented by Socially Responsible Agricultural Project, Salem, OR

Enjoy solving mysteries? Pull out an item from the mystery bag to learn about the impact your “food-print” has on the communities where industrial-scale meat, dairy, and eggs are produced.

Virginia’s Farmer Veterans: Serving Our Nation Twice

Presented by Farmer Veteran Coalition, Davis, CA

Veterans possess a unique set of skills that translate perfectly into the farming community. Learn from an interactive display about the 30+ Virginian veteran farmers using the Homegrown By Heroes and Virginia Grown labels.

Smithsonian Food History Programs

Presented by National Museum of American History, Washington, DC

How does a national museum bring food and agriculture history to the table? Try your hand at milling wheat into flour, view interactive displays on flour production, and learn more about food history research and collections!

Know Your Farmer, Know Your Consumer

Presented by Community Farm Alliance, Berea, KY

Calling all consumers and farmers! Now is your chance to further farmer-consumer conversations by writing Mad Libs-style letters to each other with facilitation from Community Farm Alliance!


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Water is life. The growing scarcity of clean water affects us all. What are the major threats to our water future? How do farmers practice water stewardship and how can we become better stewards of our water supplies?

Wheel of Farming & Fishing – How Industrial Agriculture Affects the Chesapeake Bay

Presented by Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance, Gloucester, MA, Fair Farms, Takoma Park, MD, & National Family Farm Coalition, Washington, DC

Take a spin at the Wheel of Farming and Fishing! Will you be able to implement agroecological farming practices to sell clean, healthy, organic foods, or will you be compromised by a corporate contract? Will you know what kind of seafood production is beneficial to the Bay and our food system? Come play and learn how farms, fisheries and water are connected!

Food and Water Waste

Presented by United States Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC

Interact with engaging displays to learn about eating habits you can learn to reduce food and water waste, all while saving money in the process!


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Black gold… topsoil… terra firma… No matter what you call it, soil is vital to growing healthy food. What makes soil healthy and what is soil’s role in the health of our land, water, air, climate and food supply? What can we do to better care for this vital resource?

Moms Across America

Presented by Moms Across America Eastern Shore, Salisbury, MD

Soil Resilience

Presented by National Center for Appropriate Technology, Butte, MT

Get a first-hand glimpse of the world beneath farms with an interactive demonstration on the principles of soil health and how farmers are managing for soil life and carbon as a means to build resilient soils!

You Are What You Eat: Sludge-Free For Me!

Presented by United Sludge Free Alliance, Kempton, PA

Get the “poop-scoop” on growing America’s food, why animal manure is different than human waste, and how you can join the Clean Food Crusade, all while watching worms at work in the soil!

Protect the Final Frontier

Presented by Green America, Washington, DC

Time for a pop quiz! How many different types of wheat can you name? Come test your knowledge, get up close and personal with multiple varieties of wheat and flour, and learn why stopping GE wheat is key to protecting soil health.

Click below to see last year’s HOMEGROWN Village exhibits.

View 2015 exhibits

Eat Your Zip Code

What does local food mean to you? What can we build to help us all eat closer to home and support family farmers in our area? How are you growing a strong, local Good Food Movement in your region?

Schoolyard Stewards

Presented by Academy for Global Citizenship Charter School, Chicago, IL
Go back to Kindergarten for a virtual day in the life of a student at the Academy for Global Citizenship (AGC), an innovative Chicago public charter school, including a virtual farm tour of AGC’s schoolyard gardens, a scratch-made, virtual lunch in the zero-waste cafeteria, and more!

Chicago Urban Agriculture Mapping Project

Presented by Advocates for Urban Agriculture, Chicago, IL

If you have ever wondered where to find a community garden, buy local produce for your restaurant, or shop at a farm stand in the city of Chicago, come check out the Chicago Urban Agriculture Mapping Project from Advocates for Urban Agriculture, an interactive map of Chicago’s thriving farms and gardens – simply enter your address to get started!

Hidden Veggie Guessing Game

Presented by Brotherz, Missouri

Can you guess the hidden regional veggies grown by family farmers? Test your tactile skills with Brotherz & Kansas City Food Circle.

Food System Chain Game

Presented by Chicago Botanic Windy City Harvest, Chicago, IL

Trace the path of corn grown in Illinois from farm fields to grocery shelves — where does your food dollar end up and how does this path affect the environment, the economy and your health?

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Co-op Connect

Presented by Chicago Market, Chicago, IL

Learn from a new Chicago co-op about farm-to-table transparency, community education on nutrition, ingredient sourcing and methods of food production, and how Chicago Market will support sustainability and integrity in all areas, including environmental stewardship, fair labor practices and cooperative principles.

Mystery Shopping Bag

Presented by Food & Water Watch, Washington, DC & Family Farm Defenders, Madison, WI

Where does your food come from? Is it genetically-modified? Play the “Mystery Shopping Bag” game with Food & Water Watch and Family Farm Defenders to find out!

Explore the Eat Well Guide

Presented by GRACE Communications Foundation, New York, NY

Take your photo with an array of animals, farmers and chefs in the GRACE Photo Booth, and flip through the Eat Well Guide, a directory of over 25,000 hand-picked farms, restaurants, farmers’ markets and other sources of local, sustainable food, to support farmers across the nation!

Growing Solutions

Presented by Growing Solutions, Chicago, IL

The decision to eat locally may have a bigger impact on more than just your plate! Visit a local vocational farm for individuals with special needs with Growing Solutions.

Growing a Homegrown Flag: The Kentucky Cloth Project

Presented by Growing Warriors, Danville, KY

Learn how to grow an American flag with Growing Warriors and explore the importance of sustainable textile production on the family farm. Touch the first Homegrown Flag, grown from Kentucky’s first crop of hemp in 60 years and dyed using Colonial-era techniques. Everyone should wear, and fly, their zip code!

Celebrating our Food Heritage

Presented by Slow Food Chicago, Chicago, IL

Explore food, clean and fair food and farm diversity! Identify heirloom foods from the Midwest and add your own food, farm and family heritage memories to the Slow Food family tree.

Chicken Meet & Greet

Presented by Angelic Organics Learning Center, Caledonia, IL

Meet the chicks from Angelic Organics! Learn more about the important links between these friendly, feathered friends and local farmers and eaters and the benefits that growing chickens can bring to a family farm.

In Farmers We Trust

Farmers are the backbone of America’s food system and our economy. What does it take to be a farmer? What challenges and opportunities are facing family farmers of all generations and backgrounds? How can we sustain and support the future of farming in America?

Band of Farmers

Presented by Band of Farmers, Chicago, IL

Meet the Band of Farmers: The Chicagoland CSA Coalition! On-stage and off, they’ll show you their silly sides and discuss the serious challenges they face as small-scale family farmers.

Guide to Factory-Free Meat, Eggs and Dairy

Presented by Crate-Free Illinois, Huntley, IL & Illinois Citizens for Clean Air & Water, Elmwood, IL

Help make Illinois the next state to ban the extreme confinement of factory farm animals. Visit Crate-Free Illinois to support the traditional family farmers, the backbone of the Illinois agricultural system.

Empowering Citizens to Fight Factory Farms

Presented by Socially Responsible Agriculture Project, Salem, OR  & Illinois Citizens for Clean Air & Water, Elmwood, IL

Factory farms are on the rise! How close do you live to a CAFO? The Socially Responsible Agriculture Project and Illinois Citizens for Clean Air & Water are mapping factory farms in Illinois and engaging citizens on what they can do to stop them.

FamilyFarmed: Supporting Local Food and Farmers

Presented by FamilyFarmed, Oak Park, IL

Take a photo with FamilyFarmed to show your support for local agriculture and submit a question in the “Ask the Farmer” game!

Mobilizing Veterans to Feed America

Presented by Farmer Veteran Coalition, Davis, CA

Veterans possess a unique set of skills that translate perfectly into the farming community. Visit with the Farmer Veteran Coalition and learn more about where farmer veterans are growing our food all across America!

What is the Farmers’ Share of the Retail Food Dollar?

Presented by Illinois Farmers Union, Altamont, IL, Wisconsin Farmers Union, Chippewa Falls, WI, Iowa Farmers Union, Des Moines, IA, Indiana Farmers Union, Versailles, IN, Michigan Farmers Union, Weidman, MI

Is the price for family farmers right? Spin the wheel and learn how much of the retail cost of food products finds its way to the family farmer with representatives from the Farmers Unions!

Jumbo Jenga with Food and Farm Trivia

Presented by Illinois Stewardship Alliance, Springfield, IL

How does your food and farming knowledge stack up? Test your skills with jumbo Jenga trivia, and learn more about local food, sustainable farming, and how you can advocate for a more just food system with Illinois Stewardship Alliance.

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Farmland Mingle

Presented by Liberty Prairie Foundation, Grayslake, IL

Navigate the intricacies of land access with Liberty Prairie to match local farmers with the appropriate landowners or farmland needed to grow food for the Chicago foodshed with “Farmland Mingle”, an interactive memory game – its not as simple as you might expect to find a match.

Powering the Farm

What are the farm-based innovations, alternative energy sources, growing methods, and models will power us into the future?

Farm Hack – Homegrown Tools for Farmers

Presented by Farm Hack, Iowa City, IA

Farm Hack: Open Source Farm Innovation for all! Stop by and check out Farm Hack’s tractor converted to electric power, homebuilt hand tools and livestock equipment and search our database of over 100 DIY farm inventions – by farmers, for farmers

Know Tomorrow

Presented by Know Tomorrow, Chicago, IL

We know tomorrow will be better! We can all take action for climate change! Know Tomorrow is unifying, synchronizing and amplifying millennials’ voices speaking out on climate change and invites concertgoers to take part in climate change solutions.

Fuel from the Farm

Presented by Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance, Kahului, HI

Discover the benefits of sustainable, community-based biodiesel at home, on the farm, and in your community with Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance. Travel along the community biodiesel life-cycle and learn about this important farm fuel. 

Seed Saving for Tomorrow

Presented by The Land Connection, Champaign, IL

Participate with The Land Connection in three different methods of saving seeds from dry beans, tomatoes and marigolds for next season from this year’s produce! These which can be planted next year or traded for new seed at over 300 seed libraries and local seed swaps!

Tap The Source

Water is life. The growing scarcity of clean water affects us all. What are the major threats to our water future? How do farmers practice water stewardship and how can we become better stewards of our water supplies?

Conservation on the Farm

Presented by Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, East Troy, WI

Get your hands wet and learn about water conservation with Michael Fields Agricultural Institute. Manipulate the water modules on the farm landscape to see the affects of conservation and non-conservation practices.

Protect the Source: H2O Stewardship in Real-time

Presented by National Center for Appropriate Technology, Butte, MT

Visit NCAT to learn about the geologic, hydric and physical principles that affect ground and surface water systems and about important stewardship practices that protect everyone’s safe water supply!

Water to Live vs. Water for Profit

Presented by National Family Farm Coalition, Washington, DC & Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance, Gloucester, MA

Water is becoming a scarce commodity for many family farmers and fishermen. Outside of drought, what are the reasons behind this scarcity and what can the public and our government do to ensure family farmer and fisher access? Visit National Family Farm Coalition to learn more!

The Fertile Ground

Black gold… topsoil… terra firma… No matter what you call it, soil is vital to growing healthy food. What makes soil healthy and what is soil’s role in the health of our land, water, air, climate and food supply? What can we do to better care for this vital resource?

Eco-Restoration for the Future!

Presented by Biodiversity for a Livable Climate, Lexington, MA

Have you heard about eco-restoration? Its an inexpensive, low-tech and powerful approach to addressing droughts, floods, desertification, health, farm productivity, economic security, global warming, food and water conflicts – it’s nature’s package deal and we can all do it together!

Soil Infiltration Testing

Presented by Biodiversity for a Livable Climate, Lexington, MA

Guess and then test soil infiltration rates of various samples. What determines the length of time it takes water to infiltrate soil? What is the composition of a healthy soil versus an unhealthy soil? Add some water to the soil samples and come find out!

Grow. Compost. Repeat

Presented by Growing Home, Inc., Chicago, IL

Come create seed balls, learn about composting and grow to fully appreciate the magic of dirt as Growing Home takes you on a journey from seed to soil and back!

Hemp Future

Presented by Indiana Hemp Industries Association, Monrovia, IN

Indiana Hemp Industries Association is bringing hemp back to farmers and consumers! Discover the benefits of hemp as cover crop, the results of the first hemp field test trials at Perdue University and all of the products that can be made with sustainable hemp.

Farm to School – How Do Our Gardens Grow?

Presented by National Farm to School Network, Chicago, IL

Concertgoers of all ages can create the perfect soil recipe, and plant a seed to be grown by a Chicago Public School student in their school garden this fall with the National Farm to School Network!

Clean Food Crusade with United Sludge Free Alliance

Presented by United Sludge Free Alliance, Kutztown, PA

What happens to our food and water sources and the communities where sewage sludge is spread? Get the ‘poop-scoop’ on growing America’s food, why animal manure is different than human waste, our “working worms” exhibit and how you can join our ‘Clean Food Crusade’.

 


The HOMEGROWN Skills Tent

Presented by HOMEGROWN.org, the HOMEGROWN Skills Tent promises to be chock full of learning and fun! Get your hands dirty and take home a new skill. Participate in workshops and demonstrations to learn new skills.

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Resurrect the Potluck

Traditions connect us to our ancestry and to each other. The potluck is a tradition that celebrates tried and true recipes, community and, of course, eating! What food traditions do you want to pass on to others? Share your cooking, baking, brewing, preserving, crafting and building skills with folks through demonstrations and hands-on activities.

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Wild-Gathered Cocktails and Medicine: Bittersmaking 101

Presented by McNeill Mann from Earth Village Education

Learn about digestive bitters: what they are, how to make them, and how to use them. Bitters are made by infusing alcohol (or vinegar) with flavorful ingredients to create a concentrated bitter flavor. They are used for their medicinal, digestive, and health benefits—and for flavoring drinks and cocktails! In this workshop you’ll learn about a variety of wild-gathered and kitchen-based ingredients used in making bitters, and about different methods of preparation.

Tree-Free Paper: Hemp Papermaking 101

Presented by Elishewa Shalom from Artisan Hemp

Hemp is a hearty plant that has many industrial applications, and a long history in the U.S., particularly in Virginia. In this workshop, we will go over everything involved in the process of transforming hemp stalks into paper.

Selecting the Best: Seed Saving 101

Presented by Paul Blundell from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange

Come learn the hows and whys of saving your own garden seeds. In this workshop we’ll explore why seed saving is important, some basic biology to help you save good seed, and review basic techniques for saving wet and dry seed from your home garden. And, come by our table throughout the day to learn, hands on, how to save seed from many of your favorite garden vegetables. We’ll have fruits and pods to demonstrate with, information and tools to help you save seeds, and answers to your questions.

Encouraging Good Bacteria: Fermentation 101

Presented by Rachel Armistead from The Sweet Farm

Learn how to make delicious and healthy fermented veggies at home. Attendees will learn how to make either fermented pickles or sauerkraut, both full of probiotic bacteria to nourish your digestive system and strengthen your immune system.

Farm Aid 2016 Seed Swap

Presented by farmer, Amy Talarico

Farmers and gardeners, bring seeds from home and come on down to the HOMEGROWN Skills Tent. Meet enthusiastic seed savers and swap some of your own seeds!

Stay tuned for more additions!

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Art in the HOMEGROWN Village!

Paint the Harvest

Presented by Caryl Henry Alexander

Grab a paintbrush and make your mark on the Farm Aid 2016 mural. Local artist Caryl Henry Alexander will be leading the creation of a mural that celebrates farmers and good food from 1:00 to 5:00.

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Dig In with Farm Aid!

Take Action with Farm Aid

Add your voice to the chorus of people clamoring for change across the country. Join us today to take action for family farmers and a better food system!

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We all need family farmers and family farmers need us – to raises our voices in support of critical policies that help them stay on the land, growing good food for us all. Join us in this year’s featured actions:

Support Farm to School!

Presented in partnership with the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition and the National Farm to School Network

Farm to school programs are a win-win-win: bringing healthy, farm fresh foods to students, growing market opportunities for family farmers and supporting community economic development. Add your voice to support the Child Nutrition Reauthorizationwhich will increase funding for critical farm to school programs across the country.

Register to Vote!

Presented by Headcount & Prince William County Office of Elections, Manassas, VA

As American citizens, we all have a part to play and a voice that needs to be heard. Register to vote to make sure your voice shapes your local, state, and national elections on important issues, including policies affecting family farmers and food systems. Learn what’s on the ballot, confirm your status, and learn how to avoid the lines on Election Day by absentee voting.

Our Work

Stop by to learn more about Farm Aid’s work over the past 31 years to keep family farmers on the land and to grow the Good Food Movement! Add your pledge to the #Road2FarmAid, read about our grantees and the work we have funded across America, and check out the timeline of highlights from Farm Aid’s last 31 years.

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Join us on the #Road2FarmAid, our communications campaign to reinforce the idea that change is the sum of many small acts! Get inspired by HOMEGROWN Village exhibitors who are sharing ideas of many things that folks can do to affect change on agricultural issues. Stop by the Farm Aid tent to take the pledge and share your photos and ideas that show how you can make a difference on the #Road2FarmAid!

Celebrate 30+ Years of Farm Aid Grantmaking

Farm Aid stitched together a quilt to illustrate how our annual grant program creates a vibrant network of family farm organization across the country. Come sit in a rocking chair and read about the incredible work of our grantees over the last 31 years.

The Farm Yard

Gather under the Farm Yard tent to listen to issue briefings from farmers and artists on the Farm Yard stage. Add your farm to Farm Aid’s farmer map! Mingle with family farmers throughout the day or during one of our farmer meetups.

Farmer meetup schedule

We hope that you can join us!
1:30-2:00 Veteran Farmers
2:00-2:30  Aspiring and Beginning Farmers
2:30-3:00 Dairy producers
3:00-3:30 Food Hubs, Cooperatives, and Farm to Institution
3:30-4:00 Climate change and farm energy (i.e. fracking)
4:00-4:30 Factory Farm Issues

 

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