This week, you just might see a Farm Aid caravan rolling through rural New York. Farm Aid's Upstate-Downstate Food and Farm Caravan will crisscross the state to showcase family farm innovations.
The caravan will highlight cutting-edge community efforts and state-supported programs strengthening agriculture and helping people gain access to good food grown on family farms. The caravan will gather fresh farm food along the way to feed the artists and crew at Farm Aid 2007, the annual benefit concert made famous by music artist Willie Nelson.
Farm Aid 2007 will happen at Randall's Island in New York City on Sunday, Sept. 9. Headliners include Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews. The annual concert raises funds to support Farm Aid's work with family farmers and to inspire people to choose family-farmed food.
Farm Aid tickets are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling 212-307-7171, 631-888-9000 or 203-624-0033. Ticket prices are $52 for general admission, $102 for reserved seats and $302 for VIP reserved seats. The VIP package includes catering in an exclusive area and other amenities.
The following groups are participating in Farm Aid 2007: NY State Department of Agriculture and Markets, Capital District Community Gardens, City Harvest, Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York, NY Sustainable Agriculture Working Groups, Regional Farm & Food Project, Farmers Market Federation of New York, Foodlink, NY Farm Link, NY Farm Net, The Glynwood Center, Hunger Action Network of New York, Cornell Small Farms Program, New York Buy Fresh Buy Local Campaign, A. Ooms and Sons, Kingbird Farm, Chatham Keep Farming, MacDonald Farm, Cornell University Farm to School Program, Evans Creamery, Hawthorne Valley Farm, Norwich Meadows Farm, Rochester Public Market, Sustainable Tompkins and Watershed Agricultural Council.