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Farm Aid brings music, and its message, to Raleigh

Sunday, Sep 14, 2014 - 01:26

Farm Aid, the annual benefit concert to help small farmers stay on their land, brings its music -- and its message of family-centered farming -- to Raleigh, North Carolina. Mana Rabiee reports.

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Farm Aid. It's been going strong for 28 years. The annual benefit concert co-founded by Willie Nelson in 1985 brings relief to small American farmers in crisis. This year, the music -- and its message of family-centered farming -- came to Raleigh, North Carolina. SOUNDBITE: FARM AID CO-FOUNDER WILLIE NELSON SAYING: "When you look at your food in the morning, your breakfast, you wonder where does it come from? Does it come from 1,500 miles away or could you have gotten it from your local farmer?" Farm Aid helped Amy Fiedler last year when heavy rains flooded her small organic farm right here in the state. SOUNDBITE: LOCAL FARMER SAYING: "Farming is my livelihood, my sole source of income, so the fact that they came through for me is amazing." Fielder's vegetables feed into area restaurants like Cafe Love in Durham. So the help from Farm Aid 'pays forward' -- as farmers connect with businesses in their local communities. SOUNDBITE: UNIDENTIFIED OWNER OF CAFE LOVE SAYING: "We've been in business three and a half years and still growing. The number of farms that are available to us grew from 30 when we started to now over 50." It's the music that drives the engine behind the annual benefit concert. But co-founder Neil Young wants concert goers to remember... SOUNDBITE: FARM AID CO-FOUNDER NEIL YOUNG SAYING: "We love Farm Aid but we don't love doing Farm Aid. It's not a celebration, it's a mission." ...a mission to help small farmers across the country stay on their land...and keep on feeding America.

Farm Aid brings music, and its message, to Raleigh

Sunday, Sep 14, 2014 - 01:26

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