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Farm Aid Tunes Up for New England

Farm Aid 2008 music festival set for Sept. 20 in Mansfield, Mass.

If you like the swinging country and rock music of Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and David Matthews, you'll enjoy Farm Aid 2008. This year's benefit concert is set for Sept. 20 at the Comcast Center in Mansfield, Mass.

It is New England's first-ever Farm Aid festival. This one is sponsored by Whole Foods Market and Horizon Organic. Like most past Farm Aid concerts, it's almost guaranteed to be an early sell-out.

Tickets go on sale July 28 at 10 a.m. EDT and are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling (866) 448-7849. Farm Aid will offer special advance sale tickets to its FarmYard members. To become a member of FarmYard, visit www.farmaid.org.  

This week, co-founder John Melloncamp announced the event at the Copley Square Farmers Market. "New England was built on the strength of independent family farmers," noted Mellencamp. "We can honor that independent spirit by joining Farm Aid to grow the movement that is changing the way all of America eats."

The concert event will feature family-farm identified, local and organic foods at concessions, setting an example of the many ways that family farm food can be integrated into the general marketplace.

As part of its work to increase the affordability and availability of fresh, healthy foods, Farm Aid also announced its support for the collaborative initiative between the Food Project and the city of Boston to help more families shop at farmers markets by building infrastructure that allows market vendors to accept food stamps.

Since 1985, Farm Aid has raised more than $30 million to support programs that help farmers thrive, expand the reach of the Good Food Movement, take action to change the dominant system of industrial agriculture and promote food from family farms.

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