by Bob Benenson, FamilyFarmed
Farm Aid — the organization that has done monumental work on behalf of family farmers and the Good Food movement since its founding by music legends in 1985 — brought its 30th anniversary concert to Chicago on Saturday.
As always, the concert was one of the entertainment events of the year, featuring founders Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp, fellow Board member Dave Matthews, and numerous other great performers.
But Farm Aid is about much more than the music. The daytime hours preceding and coinciding with the first hours of the concert were filled with community outreach and education programs about the challenges still facing family farmers and the opportunities for change provided by the rapid rise in public interest in food produced as locally as possible, using sustainable, humane and fair practices.
Good Food on Every Table is proud to have had the opportunity to participate in Farm Aid 2015 and presents this photo essay of the daytime activities. A second display, featuring photos of the concert, will be published Monday, followed by an article detailing how Farm Aid’s event over the past week in Chicago worked to raise the profile of its own efforts and those of Good Food advocates here in FamilyFarmed‘s home town.
Photos by Bob Benenson/FamilyFarmed.