Farm Aid 2018 brought a sold-out crowd of 24,000 fans together in Hartford, Connecticut, to celebrate family farmers.
The music on the stage featured Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews (performing with Tim Reynolds), as well as Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Kacey Musgraves, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Jamey Johnson, Margo Price, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Particle Kid, Ian Mellencamp, David Amram and Wisdom Indian Dancers. All of these artists donated their time, transportation and talents to support farm families.
“No matter what’s thrown at them, family farmers persevere. They’ve hung in there for generations, growing good food for all of us. Now we’re the ones who’ve got to dig in and fight for their survival.” — Willie Nelson
Farm Aid’s HOMEGROWN Village, inspired festivalgoers with hands-on activities that gave festivalgoers a chance to meet farmers, dig in and learn about the ways farmers enrich our soil, protect our water, grow our economy and bring us good food for good health. People were able to play games that test their farming know-how, enjoy farm machinery and robotics demonstrations, engage in compost-making, try their hand at milking cows, and get up close and personal with the microbes that live in healthy organic soil.
The Reviews Are In…
Here are a just a few of the reviews published about Farm Aid 2018:
- Hartford Courant
- Live for Live Music
Farm Aid 2018 Videos
Press Event Videos
In this video, Farm Aid’s board artists, along with farmers, advocates and activists working in the region explain the challenges family farmers face, the benefits of family farm agriculture, and the promise that young farmers offer for our future:
These videos aired on-stage at the press event before Farm Aid 2018:
Farm Aid 2018 Photo Gallery
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