Farm Aid held its 28th annual music event in support of family farmers in Sarasota Springs, New York yesterday. Founded by Willie Nelson and supported by fellow board members Neil Young, Dave Matthews and John Mellencamp, the 501(c)3 nonprofit promotes organic and sustainable farming and provides help to family farmers. The highlight of the event included a surprise visit by folk legend Pete Seeger who lead the crowd of 25,000 in a singing of “This Land Is Your Land”.
A quote, summarizing the intent of Farm Aid, by Dave Matthews, appears in today’s edition of The Saratogian . It reads:
“What we eat is the first medicine,” said Matthews, who grew up in the lower Hudson Valley. “We can eat well if we just know what we’re eating. Our mainstream media and big government are owned by big money and they won’t help us. It has to be grass roots. It has to be us spreading the word. We have to fight on the ground.”