The festival, which takes place on September 24 in Walnut Creek’s Coastal Credit Union Music Park, will highlight the efforts made by small-scale farmers to combat climate change.
Neil Young Not Performing At Farm Aid 2022 Festival
Sheryl Crow and Chris Stapleton will perform at Willie Nelson’s annual Farm Aid festival on September 24 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Nelson, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews, Margo Price, and other Farm Aid board members will also be present.
Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Allison Russell, Charley Crockett, Brittney Spencer, and Particle Kid will be among the additional performers at the Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek.
Neil Young, a member of the Farm Aid board, will not be performing on the festival stage for the second year in a row. Young recently replied to a fan’s letter on his website, saying: “I will not be at Farmaid this year.
I’m still not prepared for that. It is not secure in the epidemic, in my opinion. I really miss it.” Young highlighted COVID-19 issues as the reason for skipping the Hartford, Connecticut, festival in 2021. Farm Aid was broadcast online in 2020.
Farm Aid made no additional comments regarding Young’s choice, but he was not in the lineup that was made public today (July 26).
In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the organization says it is “keeping current on the latest CDC recommendations and industry best practices.” Farm Aid is implementing a number of safety measures, such as improved sanitation procedures and streamlined operations, to avoid unneeded congestion.
Prior to the festival, Farm Aid will continuously monitor the situation and adapt policies as necessary.
On Saturday, July 30, at 10 a.m. ET, tickets for Farm Aid will go on sale to the general public at LiveNation.com. On Wednesday, July 27, at 10 a.m. ET, a limited number of pre-sale tickets will go on sale at www.farmaid.org/tickets.
Updates on the event will be made available at farmaid.org/festival, on Twitter (@FarmAid), Facebook (facebook.com/farmaid), and Instagram (instagram.com/farmaid). The hashtags #FarmAid2022 and #Road2FarmAid are being promoted by the group on social media.
The festival will once again take place at the Raleigh Amphitheater, where it was first held in 2014. According to the group, the event “will showcase how farmers are leading the way to combat climate change by sharing their experiences on the Farm Aid stage and throughout the event.”
Nelson stated in a statement, “I’ve long said that family farmers strengthen us all. “Farmers across North Carolina, the Southeast, and the entire nation are cultivating solutions to some of our most difficult problems, including climate change.
Farm Aid is being brought here to recognize the farmers’ efforts and to celebrate the ways that we can all engage with them to help.
Since founding Farm Aid in 1985, Nelson has remained committed to helping America’s family farmers, providing a unique illustration of a musician’s dedication to a cause.
Since 1985, the group has earned more than $64 million to fund initiatives that enhance the success of family farms thanks to the support of singers who donate their performances.
Farm Aid conducts efforts all year long to wean the country off of industrial agriculture and to increase the markets for food produced on small family farms.
Farm Aid is an annual gathering place for activists active in the Good Food Movement and connected issues with social justice and the environment, in addition to its hours of fantastic music.
Attendees will have access to Homegrown Concessions, a menu of food produced by family farmers using ecological principles and with a fair price paid to the farmers.
Homegrown Concessions is a trademark of Farm Aid. Homegrown Village will have activities to emphasize difficulties with soil, water, energy, food, and farming on a piece of the Walnut Creek amphitheater property.
Farm Aid is in a good position to emphasize the value of farming in North Carolina, its host state. Agriculture generates $92.7 billion yearly, according to the organization, and employs 17.5% of the state’s workforce (more than 700,000 jobs).
With direct to consumer sales “laying the cornerstone for a vibrant local food system,” according to Farm Aid’s festival release, it is home to 41,500 farms and has more than 8.3 million acres of farmland.
Nevertheless, the announcement continues, “climate change has a significant impact across the state, particularly on communities of color, rural areas, and those engaged in agriculture.
Farmers in North Carolina are using a variety of practices to lessen climate change, such as rotating crops, planting crops to cover the soil in between growing seasons, reducing soil tillage, integrating livestock into crop production, raising livestock on pastures, and improving soil and water management.
The sole broadcast partner of Farm Aid will be Circle, a partnership between Gray Television and the Opry Entertainment Group, a division of Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. Circle will also cover Farm Aid on its Facebook, Twitter, and TikTok sites. Livestreams of the festival will also be available on FarmAid.org and the group’s YouTube account.
This year, Patagonia Workwear and DISH Network are among Farm Aid’s sponsors.
Everywhere we go, festival-goers tell us that the Farm Aid experience is unlike anything else, according to Farm Aid executive director Carolyn Mugar. “At the nexus of music and family farm food, farmers and consumers are inspired and emboldened to support the family farmers who produce our food and to join them in the fight to protect our soil and water.
On the Farm Aid stage in September, we will honor the family farmers of the Southeast and amplify their voices.