Farm Aid 2022 brought a sold-out crowd to Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek in Raleigh, North Carolina, on September 24. Against the backdrop of an urgent climate crisis, Farm Aid 2022 highlighted both the ways that family farmers in North Carolina, the Southeast and across the country are impacted by this crisis and the positive ways in which they are addressing it―sequestering carbon and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions.
The Farm Aid 2022 stage featured Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews (performing with Tim Reynolds) and Margo Price, as well as Chris Stapleton, Sheryl Crow, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Allison Russell, Charley Crockett, Brittney Spencer, Particle Kid, the Wisdom Indian Dancers, and the Red Clay Singers, who all donated their time and talent.
“By bringing Farm Aid back to North Carolina we can showcase what family farmers do to benefit everyone, thanks to their on-farm practices. Family farmers have an intimate relationship with the earth’s soil and water. By investing in the long-term health of our soil, water and climate, farmers give back to the land that brings good food to all of us.” — Willie Nelson
Farm Aid’s HOMEGROWN Village featured hands-on activities to celebrate agriculture and give festivalgoers a chance to meet farmers in person and learn how they enrich our soil, protect our water, grow our economy and bring us good food for good health. Local and national organizations participated, and attendees learned about gleaning and relocalizing food systems to prevent avoidable food waste; discovered North Carolina local farms, markets and farm products; and tested their food and farm knowledge in games, while learning about the dangers of corporate consolidation.
Throughout the day, artists and farmers joined together on the FarmYard stage to discuss challenges and opportunities in agriculture, including climate change, farmer mental health, food policy and Native agriculture.
The Reviews Are In…
Here are a just a few of the reviews published about Farm Aid 2022:
- Billboard: “Calls for Climate Justice & 14 More Inspiring Things We Heard at Farm Aid 2022“
- The News & Observer: “Farm Aid 2022: Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews, others preach urgency over climate change“
- WNCT: “Thousands flock to Raleigh for Farm Aid 2022, focus on climate change impacting farmers“
- Billboard: “Willie Nelson’s Farm Aid Reveals Plans for ‘A Major Farmer Mobilization in Washington’ in March 2023“
- WRAL: “Before Farm Aid, a tour shows struggles, successes of NC family farmers“
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