HOMEGROWN Village Exhibitor Information

In the HOMEGROWN Village, thousands of festivalgoers will explore interactive exhibits that engage all of their senses in the Farm Aid mission; hear farmers and concert artists discuss pressing issues on the FarmYard Stage; attend skillshares to learn agrarian skills and celebrate the culture of agriculture in the HOMEGROWN Skills tent; connect with organizations doing critical food and farm work all over the country, and so much more.

What We're Looking For

The HOMEGROWN Village is about "exhibiting," not "tabling." We're seeking 20 to 25 organizations to exhibit in the Village this year with interactive exhibits that are creative, playful and – most importantly –participatory! The following 5 topic areas are meant to inspire your proposed exhibit. Please review & gear your application toward one or more of the following:

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

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?

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?

POWERING THE FARM:

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

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?

Applications for exhibiting in this year's HOMEGROWN Village are due by AUGUST 5. We will notify all applicants with a decision by August 16. Please contact David Michael via email at village@farmaid.org with any questions.   *If you are interested in applying to be part of the HOMEGROWN Skills Tent, please contact Jessica Kurn
  • Please provide contact information for two staff members of your organization: a primary contact responsible for the exhibit and a secondary contact who will be staffing the exhibit.
  • Please provide a detailed description of your proposed hands-on, experiential and participatory exhibit.
  • We provide exhibitors with a 6' table, chairs, and roughly a 10’ x 10’ area beneath a tent. Please note any other requirements (electricity, internet access) in your response. We will do our best to accommodate your needs in accordance with the venue's rules and regulations. Absolutely no paper handouts or stickers allowed.
  • If your exhibit is selected for the 2019 HOMEGROWN Village, we will use this sentence in concert promotional materials.
  • IF YOU ARE SELECTED TO EXHIBIT, THE FOLLOWING TERMS AND CONDITIONS APPLY, and are subject to change as Farm Aid finalizes logistics with the venue. Additional details will be provided to selected exhibitors under separate cover:
    1. The HOMEGROWN Village will run from approximately 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM on concert day (Saturday, September 21, 2019). Exhibitors are expected to arrive early at the venue that day and have their exhibit set up by no later than 10:30 AM. We STRONGLY encourage you to begin setup on Friday, September 20.
    2. Each exhibitor will receive a rectangular table approximately 6' long, placed underneath a large tent alongside other exhibitors. Access to electricity and/or Wi-Fi may be possible for exhibits -- we will work with the venue to determine that availability at a later date. For now, it is best to assume and plan for an exhibit without those things.
    3. Your organization will exhibit at its own expense. Farm Aid will provide a limited amount of free parking at the festival venue for all exhibitors, first-come-first-served, as well as passes for up to four people to staff your exhibit and then enjoy the concert on the lawn after the HOMEGROWN Village closes. All other expenses (travel, lodging, exhibit materials and supplies, additional concert tickets, etc.) are your responsibility.
    4. Farm Aid strives to keep the HOMEGROWN Village as environmentally-friendly as possible. We ask that exhibitors eliminate all paper/print material distribution, and that there be no paper or sticker handouts in the Village. Exhibitors are encouraged to collect names for mailing lists, but petitioning is not allowed. Additionally, prize giveaways, food sampling and live animals are not allowed.
    5. Exhibitors will be required to provide proof of insurance coverage to Farm Aid before confirming an exhibit space. If you do not have insurance, you may purchase a one-day policy from Farm Aid for $85. Insurance coverage is REQUIRED.
    6. Farm Aid is not responsible for any belongings that exhibitors bring to the venue. Use caution when leaving items unattended.

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