The 2011 Farm Aid Concert is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 13, at Livestrong Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. An array of talented artists will join Farm Aid founders and board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews at the event.
"Farm Aid is a movement inspired not only by the passion of Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews, but also by the more than 400 artists who have donated their performances at our shows over the years," said Carolyn Mugar, executive director of Farm Aid. "This year, we are thrilled to welcome back several familiar faces to the Farm Aid stage as well as some first-timers for what is sure to be a remarkable day of music, food and inspiration."
The all-day festival will be a celebration of music, family farmers and good food and will again feature homegrown concessions — family farm-identified, local and organic foods. Farm Aid's Homegrown Village will showcase hands-on activities that give concertgoers a chance to meet farmers, get their hands dirty and learn how family farmers are protecting our land and water, as well as connecting us to our roots.
Since 1985, Farm Aid has traveled the country to support organizations that work locally, regionally and nationally to strengthen family farms. Despite the recent increase in commodity prices, family farmers still face an uphill struggle. In recent years, Farm Aid has received record numbers of phone calls to its hotline and online Farmer Resource Network from farmers in need due to volatile farm prices, tight credit markets, escalating costs and weather-related disasters, such as the recent floods, droughts and tornadoes across the country.
Farm Aid also works to inform consumers about the value of good food from family farms and helps make connections between eaters and family farmers to increase the demand for family farm food. Farm Aid's annual benefit concert is its primary event to raise funds in support of the organization's work. To learn more about the Farm Aid 2011 lineup, visit www.farmaid.org/lineup.
All concertgoers are asked to support the Farm Aid food drive by bringing non-perishable food or fresh produce to the concert. The food will be donated to Harvesters—The Community Food Network, which serves 26-counties in northwest Missouri and northeast Kansas and helps feed 66,000 people every week. Volunteers from Harvesters will be at Livestrong Sporting Park during the concert collecting food. Suggested donation items include fresh produce, canned fruits and vegetables, cereal, hearty cold weather meals like stew and soup, and peanut butter.
Tickets for Farm Aid 2011 are available by phone at 1-800-745-3000, in person at the Livestrong Sporting Park box office, or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets for Farm Aid 2011 are $29 for general admission; $39, $69 and $99 for reserved seats; and $149 for a limited number of premium seats.
Learn more about Harvesters at www.harvesters.org.