Farm Aid 2016 brought 20,000 fans together just outside the nation’s capital to celebrate ground-breaking, cooperative approaches to overcoming barriers to a family farm system of agriculture. At the same time, as dairy farmers and other commodity producers struggle with the consequences of record low prices, Farm Aid says family farmers need a broad coalition of partners to stand with them and collaborate to surmount the many obstacles that are forcing them off the land.
The music on the stage featured Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews, along with Alabama Shakes, Sturgill Simpson, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Jamey Johnson with a special guest appearance by Alison Krauss and many more.
“The first Farm Aid sparked a 31-year effort to put power back into the hands of family farmers and all of us who eat. We’ve made a lot of progress, but it’s clear we aren’t done yet. Family farmers still aren’t getting a fair shake. We need to keep coming together to help each other and find solutions.” — Willie Nelson
Concertgoers found inspiration in Farm Aid’s HOMEGROWN Village, which featured hands-on activities that gave them a chance to dig in 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. In the HOMEGROWN Skills Tent, attendees had the opportunity to engage with food, farming and crafting. Some of the workshops included transforming hemp into paper, seed saving and composting.
The Reviews Are In…
Here are a just a few of the reviews published about Farm Aid 2016:
- 10 Reasons Why Willie Nelson’s Farm Aid Is Unlike Any Other Music Festival – Billboard
- Farm Aid 2016: 10 Best Things We Saw – Rolling Stone
- Farm Aid delivers fruitful musical harvest – USA Today
- Farm Aid weaves blues-country-rock tapestry at Jiffy Lube – The Washington Post
- Virginia Is For Farmers: Farm Aid 2016 – Review, Photos & Videos – Jambase.com
Farm Aid 2016 Videos
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Farm Aid 2016 Photo Gallery
Photos © Brian Bruner / Bruner Photo.