Thursday, August 11, 2011

Farm Aid

This Saturday, Livestrong Sporting Park in KCK will host Farm Aid - an annual concert founded by Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp in 1985. 

Originally founded to support farmers in the 1980's caught in a crisis brought on by a nasty combination of low commodity prices and high debt, today it works to support local, sustainable agriculture - what it calls "the good food movement."  It supports farmers through grants to family farm nonprofit organizations.

Locally, Juniper Gardens Training Farm in Kansas City Kansas and the Missouri Rural Crisis Center in Colombia, Missouri have received grant funding from Farm Aid.

The BBB's review of Farm Aid is mixed. While it meets all Standards related to the ethical use of donor funds and fundraising practices, it has room to improve in the areas of governance, effectiveness assessments, and in its informational materials.   Regardless, we hope everyone enjoys a good show. 

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