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From The Farm To Table—Farm Aid 2021 Helping Support Family Farm Food

Amber Alexandria

Farm Aid 2021 happened earlier this month in Hartford, Connecticut. Farm Aid 2021 brought together farmers, artists and advocates that are working together to build a more diverse and sustainable food system in America.

Every year Farm Aid artists and board members host a Farm Aid festival to raise funds to support family farmers and to inspire people to take interest in family farm food.

For more than 35 years, Farm Aid and artists who perform each year donate their time and talents to put on a nearly 10-hour show for festival-goers that has helped raise more than $60 million. The money raised is used to support programs that help farmers thrive, expand the Good Food Movement and promote food from family farms.

"So much has changed since we last gathered at Farm Aid in 2019," said Farm Aid President and Founder Willie Nelson. "We've all seen the pain brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, but our family farmers endured, growing the food we needed and offering solutions that are so essential to our country."

Many core issues were discussed among farmers and artists who joined together on the FarmYard stage. These topics were central around the day-to-day realities of being a family farmer as well as challenges and opportunities in agriculture that included climate change and Black land loss.

A virtual town hall gathering among policymakers, farmers and partners with discussions about core issues including debt relief, climate change, racial equality, corporate concentration and consolidation.

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