The journey began in 1985.
When the first Farm Aid concert came together on September 22, 1985, before a crowd of 80,000 in Champaign, Illinois, family farmers faced a crisis the likes of which hadn’t been seen since the Great Depression.
Plummeting farm product prices and land values coupled with rising interest rates, troubled credit markets and unfair lending practices pushed tens of thousands of farms out of business, forcing millions of farm families from their land.
When Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp organized the first Farm Aid concert to raise awareness and funds to help America’s family farmers, it was hard for many to imagine a different future. But that first concert sparked a family farm movement that has rallied hundreds of thousands in support of a system of agriculture that’s good for family farmers, good for the economy, good for the soil and water, and good for all of us.
More than 30 years later, the movement is larger than ever.
Today, the connection between family farmers and eaters is strong. We know this truth: Our food belongs to all of us, and it starts with family farmers.
On the #Road2FarmAid, we see the connections made between those producing fresh, healthy food and those seeking out that food. Family farmers and eaters are coming together to raise their voices and show the power we all have to change our food.
Together we’ve made huge strides to put power back in the hands of family farmers and all of us who eat. The strength of the movement is thanks to every single one of us who has taken action to change the way we think about food and where it comes from.
Join us on the #Road2FarmAid.
Real change is the sum of all of our actions. And we all have a role to play in creating a farm and food system that is good for people and communities, not just for the profits of a few.
Take action for our food system today.