Official Press Release: John Mellencamp Announces First Farm Aid Music Festival In New England
JOHN MELLENCAMP ANNOUNCES FIRST
FARM AID MUSIC FESTIVAL IN NEW ENGLAND
Willie Nelson, Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews
to headline Sept. 20 all-star concert event
BOSTON — Alongside farmers and food buyers at the Copley Square Farmers Market,
Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Governor Deval Patrick welcomed Farm Aid
co-founder John Mellencamp to New England as he announced Farm Aid 2008
Presented by Whole Foods Market and Horizon Organic. The concert will take place
on Sept. 20 at the Comcast Center in Mansfield, Mass., marking the first time
the organization will bring its annual benefit concert to the region.
“New England was built on the strength of independent family farmers,” said
Mellencamp. “We can honor that independent spirit by joining Farm Aid to grow
the movement that is changing the way all of America eats.”
Farm Aid 2008 Presented by Whole Foods Market and Horizon Organic will feature
headliners Willie Nelson, Mellencamp, Neil Young, and Dave Matthews, plus other
top artists to be announced. The annual benefit concert will celebrate music and
good food, featuring hands-on activities in the HOMEGROWN Village that will
showcase the direct connection between who is growing our food and what we eat
“We are proud to bring our annual Farm Aid concert to a region that has such
strong agricultural roots and to the many people who love to eat the good food
grown in New England,” said Farm Aid president Willie Nelson. “I’m looking
forward to bringing my friends together on the Farm Aid stage to celebrate and
support family farmers.”
The concert event will again feature family-farm identified, local and organic
foods at concessions, setting an example of the many ways that family farm food
can be integrated into the general marketplace.
“Bringing Farm Aid’s unique concert event to New England creates an unparalleled
opportunity to showcase the innovation and determination of the area’s farmers,”
said Carolyn Mugar, executive director of Farm Aid. “We’re looking forward to a
day filled with outstanding music and delicious food grown by these farmers from
across the region.”
Farm Aid 2008 Presented by Whole Foods Market and Horizon Organic
As part of its work to increase the affordability and availability of fresh,
healthy foods, Farm Aid also announced its support for the collaborative
initiative between the Food Project and the city of Boston to help more families
shop at farmers markets by building infrastructure that allows market vendors to
accept food stamps.
Since its beginning, Farm Aid has traveled the country, staging annual concerts
and supporting local organizations working to strengthen family farms. Farm Aid
builds the Good Food Movement by connecting people with family farmers who are
increasing the supply of local, humanely raised, sustainable and organic food.
Tickets for Farm Aid 2008 Presented by Whole Foods Market and Horizon Organic
will go on sale July 28 at 10 a.m. EDT and are available at all Ticketmaster
outlets, www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling (866) 448-7849.
Farm Aid will offer special advance sale tickets to its FarmYard members. To
become a member of Farm Aid’s FarmYard, visit www.farmaid.org.
Farm Aid offers corporate sponsorship opportunities for select companies.
Contact Glenda Yoder at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Farm Aid’s mission is to build a vibrant family farm-centered system of
agriculture in America. Farm Aid artists and board members Willie Nelson, Neil
Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews host an annual concert to raise funds
to support Farm Aid’s work with family farmers and to inspire people to choose
family-farmed food. Since 1985, Farm Aid has raised more than $30 million to
support programs that help farmers thrive, expand the reach of the Good Food
Movement, take action to change the dominant system of industrial agriculture
and promote food from family farms.