ButcherBox is excited to announce—that for the second year—we are sponsoring Farm Aid.
Since our inception, ButcherBox has prioritized the well-being of farmers and supporting family farming. We continue to stand with farmers of all walks of life and farming communities, and we are dedicated to increasing racial equity in the farming industry. So it is natural that we would partner with and support an organization with such a like-minded mission as Farm Aid.
Farm Aid 2021, taking place on Saturday, September 25, will be in-person this year in Hartford, Connecticut, after last year’s Farm Aid 2020 on the Road. We are especially thrilled to be sponsoring this year’s event as it is being held in our home region of New England.
Over the years, Farm Aid has raised $60 million to help family farmers across the nation while inspiring millions to take part in the Good Food Movement. Supporting Farm Aid allows us to help them with their mission to promote good food from family farms and demand for that food so that there are more opportunities for family farmers to thrive.
About Farm Aid – 36 Years of Music for Family Farms
Since 1985, Farm Aid has stood with family farmers, providing resources and growing a network of advocates committed to keeping family farmers on the land.
The support the organization offers includes:
- Helping farmers navigate challenges by connecting them with the people and resources that support farmers in crisis
- Offering help to those who are just beginning to get started working the land
- Working with farmers to employ sustainable and regenerative practices that care for the soil and water
- And standing with BIPOC farmers against discrimination
Founded by Willie Nelson, Neil Young, and John Mellencamp, the first Farm Aid concert was held 36 years ago to raise awareness about the loss of family farms. In 2001, Dave Matthews joined as a board member, and, in April 2021, it was announced that Margo Price and Annie Nelson had joined the Farm Aid Board of Directors.
With scheduled performances by Willie Nelson and Family, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds, Margo Price, Tyler Childers, Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats, Bettye LaVette, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, and many more, Farm Aid 2021 is shaping up to be another year filled with potentially unforgettable performances.
In addition to the incredible lineup of artists, this year’s event will offer Farm Aid’s HOMEGROWN Concessions®, food with family farm-identified ingredients that are sustainably produced, utilizing ecological practices, with a commitment to a fair price for farmers. The event’s HOMEGROWN Village will also give Hartford attendees opportunities to participate in hands-on activities about soil, water, energy, food, and farming, as well as discussions and demonstrations that celebrate agrarian culture and agriculture.
“We’re grateful to farmers, food businesses, and organizations from New England and across the country who have contributed to Farm Aid 2021,” said Farm Aid Associate Director Anna Yoder. “We hope that the day’s HOMEGROWN experiences spark curiosity and that the fresh, delicious food will enhance loyalty and appreciation for our farmers.”
Farm Aid takes place on Saturday, September 25, starting at 1pm EDT. Tickets are still available for the event via LiveNation and will stream live in HD at farmaid.org, starting at 2pm EDT or the webcast on Farm Aid’s YouTube channel. Additionally, the show will be broadcast on Circle Network starting at 8pm EDT and on Sirius XM channels Willie’s Roadhouse (channel 59) and Dave Matthews Band Radio (channel 30) beginning at 12pm EDT.
Help support Farm Aid by giving to the cause here.
Better for Farmers and More
New England is home to 32,300 farms across six states ― Connecticut, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. The region is also home to innovative progress in agriculture: Both local and regional food systems, organic production operations, and the regenerative agriculture methods of the Indigenous Americans who farmed this land first.
Founded in Boston, ButcherBox is proud to continue in this tradition by being on the frontline of rethinking our food system.
A Certified B Corporation, ButcherBox is on a journey to create an environment in food that is better for farmers, animals, the planet, and our members.
If being part of that change interests you, learn more about becoming a ButcherBox member.