Farm Aid 2019
We’ll Kick Off Our Campaign Demanding Fair Price for Dairy Farmers at this Year’s Farm Aid
Join us for three days of event at Farm Aid in East Troy, Wisconsin.
LOGISTICS & ACCESS
Farm Aid 2019 will take place at Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, WI on September 21. Doors open at noon. Read venue details.
The Farm Aid festival is an invitation to media outlets to shine a spotlight on the inspiring stories of family farmers. We are still looking for farmers and organizational leaders to sign up for opportunities so register at www.farmaid.org/farmermedia.
Farm Aid is pleased to be working with Hotels for Hope to coordinate hotel accommodations for Farm Aid 2019. Every night booked brings a $2 contribution to Farm Aid! For those still needing accommodations, please refer to the attached document for lodging options for this year’s events.
FARM AID APP:
Access the entire Farm Aid experience through the official Farm Aid 2019 mobile app for iPhone and Android devices. Fans will be able to view the entire Farm Aid 2018 schedule and add artists, workshops and artist briefings to make their own personalized agenda for the day.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 19
FORWARD FROM HERE 9:00am – 4:30pm
WISCONSIN PROFILES IN RESILIENCE & COLLECTIVE POWER
Lake Geneva, WI
Breakfast refreshments and Lunch provided
This year’s Farm Aid festival comes at a time when farmers are enduring the worst economic downturn since the 1980s Farm Crisis. It also sits within a Presidential election season where the country is engaged in important conversations about our shared future, yet is seemingly divided, distracted, and distressed. Our 34 years working for family farm agriculture has shown us that our community is powerful, and that there is common cause, resilience, and unity in every corner of this country . In troubled times, an antidote is always found in the healing power of community.
Forward from Here will celebrate Wisconsin’s unique cultural and populist heritage in order to inspire action, build community, and elevate models for exercising our power. Wisconsin boasts deep roots in rural resilience, market innovation, and bold organizing power and its farmers, Native American nations, and rural and urban communities carry that legacy forward today. Regional leaders will elevate how the era of corporate greed and a mounting climate crisis are impacting diverse communities, from Native American tribes fighting to secure their treaty rights and reclaim traditional food systems, to black communities first arriving in Wisconsin through the Underground Railroad, to the impact of today’s dairy crisis, weather-related disasters and more.
Together, participants will uncover the common threads uniting these experiences and those of farm communities nationwide. We will gather to share our experiences, challenges and uncertainties about our future, and affirm our solidarity in the face of distinct, but related struggles. As we identify key issues to carry forward in the election cycle, we will recover our strength and end the day united with a list of demands for those seeking election for office – from local government all the way to the White House.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 20
8:00am – 10:00am
The Cove, 111 Center St, Lake Geneva, WI
When Farm Aid comes to town, food and farm leaders from the festival region connect with each other and with leaders from across the country joining us each year. With a farm crisis advancing in the country, the widespread turmoil caused by a divisive political atmosphere and ongoing Farm Bill negotiations, connection and rejuvenation could not be more important. Breakfast Connect will offer a casual space for nourishment of all kinds and time to share issue and campaign updates. We’ll have a literature table set up, so feel free to bring reports, flyers or other materials to share.
THE ROOTS OF WISCONSIN FARM TOURS
10:00am – 4:30pm
REGISTER FOR EVENTS by September 14th.
Hosted the day before the Farm Aid festival, our farm tours are always in demand!
Join us for one of three very special tours to farms and food systems leaders in Wisconsin!
All tours will depart from The Cove at 10:00 am and will return back no later than 5pm.
FARM AID EVE
6:00pm – 10:00pm
The Riviera Ballroom
812 Wrigley Drive, Lake Geneva, WI
Order Tickets (Reduced-rate tickets for farmers & farm groups with code: FARMERSROCK)
Our annual pre-festival celebration will be held Friday night at The Riviera Ballroom from 6 to 10PM with HOMEGROWN food, drinks, live music by Nickel & Rose and the presentation of the Spirit of Farm Aid awards. Farm Aid is pleased to offer discount tickets to farmers and farm groups for $35 using the code FARMERSROCK. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit farmaid.org/eve.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
PRESS CONFERENCE, THE HOMEGROWN VILLAGE, THE SHOW!
The HOMEGROWN Village is like a mini festival within a festival! In the Village, festivalgoers explore hands-on activities that engage all of their senses in the Farm Aid mission. Hear farmers and artists talk together about pressing issues on the FarmYard Stage, attend demonstrations to learn agrarian skills and celebrate the culture of agriculture in the HOMEGROWN Skills tent, connect with farmers and organizations doing critical food and farm work all over the country and so much more.
Farm Aid 2019 will be Saturday, September 21, at Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, Wisconsin, marking the second time that Farm Aid has brought its music and food festival to the state.
Farm Aid’s annual festival is a an all-day celebration of music and family farmers featuring a unique lineup of artists and genres, along with family farm-identified, local and organic foods as part of our HOMEGROWN Concessions®.