Needless to say, I was excited to see a message in my inbox from Willie Nelson! Having met him and interviewed he and his wife last year (briefly), I was sure he was writing to tell me how great I am . . . but, while personally a little disappointing, I was glad to see that he was writing on behalf of Farm Aid Disaster Fund which is kicking into gear to help family farmers in the Midwest that have been by the disastrous floods.
I became involved in Farm Aid last year because I feel very strongly about the need to support family farms. I think regionally and responsibly produced food is perhaps the cornerstone of creating a healthier more sustainable existence. Farm Aid is doing some great work not only to help raise awareness about these issues, but in raising money to directly assist farmers as they grow and work to change the big agricultural system that is so dominant.
Having read a couple of scary stories within the last week (none of which I can find right now – sorry!) about food supply issues and how the recent flooding in the Midwest is NOT helping, I thought this call to action was timely and perfect.
Hope you do to. Please do your own due diligence and if you feel good about it, please pass it along!
I’m sure there are other organizations helping these farmers, but in my limited research, I didn’t find any. If you know of any reputable ones, please post them here.