Farm Aid Announces Connecticut Recipients of Grant Funding
The 2021 Farm Aid Festival was held in Connecticut this past Summer on Saturday September 25 at Hartford's Xfinity Theater. Willie Nelson. John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews, Margo Price, and many more talented musicians performed to help Farm Aid's mission, which is to build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America.
Since Farm Aid started 35 years ago, they've raised more than $60 million dollars to support American farmers, which they give back to farmers in communities around America in the form of grants. Farm Aid has just announced that they've just distributed almost $1 million dollars in grant funding, and quite a few Connecticut farmers have been announced as grantees.
Farm Aid President Willie Nelson said -
"Thanks to generous supporters from across the country - and a triumphant return to the Farm Aid Stage in Hartford, Connecticut - Farm Aid is glad to make these grants to grassroots organizations that support family farmers across the country. These folks are the lifeblood of the movement for family farmers and their work is essential for an equitable and sustainable farm and food system for us all."
Farm Aid has just invested $125,000 in 15 programs across the Northeast, and there are 4 grantees in Connecticut that will each receive $7,500 checks personally signed by Willie Nelson. They are:
- City Seed, New Haven
- Green Village Initiative, Bridgeport
- Hartford Food System/Connecticut Food System Alliance, Hartford
- Knox, Hartford
In addition, Hartford's Connecticut Farmland Trust, and the Northeast Organic Farmers Association, which has a Connecticut chapter, also received grants.
God Bless Willie Nelson, and everyone involved with Farm Aid and their wonderful organization. Your work towards advancing equity and social justice, supporting the American farmer, and efforts and actions to help farmers thrive is truly inspiring.