Farm to Table Connections of Western PA is helping Farm Aid to connect to farms and food producers throughout our region.
This year’s Farm Aid festival will be in Burgettstown, PA, on September 16th, featuring Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, Jack Johnson, The Avett Brothers, Sheryl Crow, Jamey Johnson, Blackberry Smoke, Valerie June, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, and Insects vs Robots.
Do you have your Farm Aid 2017 tickets yet?
Farm Aid 2017 is not just a concert, it’s a full day of incredible music, HOMEGROWN Concessions® featuring family farm food, hands-on activities in Farm Aid’s HOMEGROWN Village and, of course, family farmers.
Farm Aid spoke to our friend Tara Rockacy of Churchview Farm.
This farmer says she is “bonkers” about heirlooms, as demonstrated by the 142 varieties of heirloom tomatoes she grows on the farm she took over from her grandparents. One of her goals is to connect people —- particularly urban people —- to their food. And it’s obvious that Pittsburghers have taken notice: she supplies fifteen local restaurants and she keeps a waitlist for others clamoring to become her customers. But one of the things that makes her farm particularly special is that individuals, often urbanites, join Churchview Farm’s workshare, becoming part of the farm crew in exchange for produce. Tara thinks they are drawn out of the city because “people want to be part of their food system. They don’t want to be divorced from it like so many Americans are.” Learn more about this Farm Aid community-minded Farmer Hero.
Please make a gift today to support Farm Aid! With your help, family farmers can fight to stay on their land, to grow good food for all of us, and to raise a new generation of farmers to take care of our soil and water.