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Put the culture back in agriculture! A concert put on by the Community Farm of A2, with Seth & May and Breathe Owl Breathe!

If you love music, fresh veggies, friendship, happiness, and all things good – listen up! The Community Farm of Ann Arbor (Michigan’s oldest CSA), is partnering with Seth & May and Breathe Owl Breathe (Michigan’s very own musicians and prophets of our time) to put on a magical evening of song, dance, and general mitten love at Ann Arbor’s legendary concert venue, the Ark. Our goal is to raise support and awareness for the Community Farm, pioneers of the local food movement, so that we may continue to nurture the Ann Arbor area with our delicious, fresh, organic, biodynamic vegetables. The concert is called "Peas Turn Up the Beet!" and will be held on Sunday, October 6th, 2013 at 7:30 pm. 


WHO WE ARE:

The Community Farm of Ann Arbor is a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm located just outside Ann Arbor, MI. We've been doing our good work for the past 26 years! We always were, and continue to be, a "true" or "traditional" CSA, which means that we are a member-run organization. The people who receive a share of veggies every week are also the ones who make decisions about the farm – its crops, budget, events, and future. So we stay true to that first initial in the term "CSA" - Community! It’s really what we’re all about. But our farm is even more than a place where we grow delicious, fresh vegetables. We are also committed to preserving the land as an ecosystem. It is a safe haven for farm animals, pollinators, wild species, and people. We don’t use any harmful pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers. We use a closed loop fertility system with onsite composting that feeds our soil. We grow our own seedlings. Our farmers are paid fair wages. Basically, we do it right! 

Farmer Paul on our electric, solar-powered tractor!
Farmer Paul on our electric, solar-powered tractor!

AGRI “CULTURE”

Refreshing, isn't it? In a world where industrial agriculture has taken over food production, and where chemicals, GMOs, and corporate farming have become the terrifying norm, we see our work as absolutely critical to the health and survival of mankind. At the Community Farm of Ann Arbor, we believe that there can still be love and artistry in farming. Agriculture doesn't have to be the bleak, soulless phenomenon it has become. So, we’re reclaiming the term, and putting the culture back in agriculture! What better way to do that than through music? The Community Farm already has a long and strong relationship with music and musicians. Every year we have a Fall Festival with live music, so people in our community can come together to celebrate our land and each other. And in 2004, we collaborated with the Legacy Land Conservancy to sign a Conservation Easement that ensures our land will never, ever be developed. It was a big deal and cost big money, so we put on a big concert, three years in a row, to get the job done! 

Seth Bernard and May Erlewine
Seth Bernard and May Erlewine

It’s no coincidence that Seth & May and Breathe Owl Breathe are the bands that have so graciously agreed to join us in putting on this concert at the Ark. They are both bands whose songs have a deep message and whose concerts give hope and inspiration. They sing about the challenges of our time and gently remind us we have a mission to fulfill. They bring out playfulness and creativity. Seth Bernard grew up on a farm in northern Michigan, and has known the farmers at our farm since he was a little boy. Andrea, of Breathe Owl Breathe, worked at the Community Farm for several years, and the band performed at our Fall Festival in 2011. Both of these bands are so close to our hearts. Everyone at our farm is honored to have them playing in support of us, and overcome with gratitude at their generosity.

Breathe Owl Breathe play at the Community Farm's Fall Festival in 2011
Breathe Owl Breathe play at the Community Farm's Fall Festival in 2011

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WHERE YOU COME IN: 

BUT! Before the magic can happen, we need to call on our larger community. These incredible musicians, and this world class venue, must be paid their fair wage. Not to mention the numerous other expenses that go into putting on a spectacular show. And since money doesn’t grow on tomato plants, or pumpkin vines, or even corn stalks, we need your help! By donating to our campaign, you will be supporting the local food shed, and helping keep local food strong. Each donation level comes with a hand-made, local, organic, nourishing reward. But the most important reward, the one that is truly priceless, is the opportunity to take part in something meaningful. This is your chance to take a stand. Don’t pass it up! If we reach our goal, and are able to put on the concert, all proceeds from ticket sales will go to benefit the farm. This means the Community Farm of Ann Arbor can continue doing it’s important work – nourishing the community, in body, mind, and spirit. This is the power of mother earth. She is the most giving entity there is, and engaging in a relationship with her is the strongest medicine out there. It is what helps us heal – and we need to heal, now more than ever before. There is a nourishment of body and soul that take place on our land, every day. This nourishment leads, time and again, to people making better choices for themselves and those around them. When our bodies are healthy, our minds peaceful, and our spirits renewed, it is amazing what we can go on to accomplish. We are all connected. Support our campaign, come to the concert, eat our veggies, and become part of the family… or FARMily, as we like to say. Let’s do this! Communi-TEAM!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

As with any worthwhile endeavor, there are many challenges that come with completing this project. Since we already have the venue and the bands on board, the biggest challenge will probably be advertising and selling out the show. However, given how beloved these musicians are, the quality of the venue, the incredible community our farm has nurtured over the past 26 years, and YOUR support, all of us at the Community Farm are absolutely confident that we will pull it off with flying colors.

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    Thanks! Community is our most fundamental, founding principle, and we know that every single person plays an important part in making anything awesome happen. So, every backer will have their name featured in our concert program, which will be distributed to all attendees.

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    Super thanks! You will have your name featured in the concert program, and we will send you some of our homemade lip balm, made from beeswax from our very own bees and calendula flowers organically grown and hand-harvested on our farm.

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    Crunchy cucumber thanks! You name in the concert program, and a copy of A Hard Night’s Day, a children’s book written, illustrated, and published by farm workers and members. A beautiful story about living simply and loving fully, perfect for all ages. [OR, receive a Lettuce Turnip the Beet concert t-shirt, in your size! Beautifully designed, locally printed. Limit - 50 available.]

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    Juicy tomato thanks! Your name in the concert program, of course, and a 16 oz. jar of limited special-edition Brinery kimchi made with Community Farm of Ann Arbor veggies [or, if shipping is necessary, a 2lb bag of biodynamically grown whole wheat flour, grown at CFAA and stone-milled fresh on the farm – makes incredible bread!]

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    Zesty zucchini thanks! Your name in the concert program, and a Community Farm Cookbook, with original recipes gathered from farm workers, members, and friends over the past 26 years. With beautiful photographs, completely hand-written, a collaboration of our entire community! Includes recipes for stews, pizzas, stir-fries, soups, salads, cookies, cakes, dressings, sauces, and more. It will fill your kitchen, your heart, and your tummy with love.

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    Workshop Extravaganza! Farmer Annie’s famous salad workshop, where you will make (and eat!) delicious farm-fresh salad with homemade salad dressings, followed by a visit to the bees and a sample of their medicinal honey, topped off with vine-ripe watermelon or succulent cantaloupe right out of the patch! This is a mid- to late-August offering only at the farm. Oh, and your name in the concert program.

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    Taste of the Farm, to get in on the goodness. Come pick up one whole week’s share of veggies! Enough to feed a family, and then some! Take a restorative trip to the country, visit our beautiful land, meet the animals and the farmers. Aaaaand your name in the concert program.

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    Bee Basket: Come visit our bees, see how they live and where they forage on our beautiful farmland. Also, receive one pint jar of honey from our bees, lovingly harvested on-site by our farmers; one cut comb (an actual piece of honeycomb straight out of the hive and laden with honey); a large jar of salve made from beeswax from our bees and calendula flowers grown and harvested on our farm; lip balm made from the same beeswax and calendula; pure beeswax candles made with wax from our bees and hand-dipped by our farmers. And, you guessed it, your name in the concert program.

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    Farm Bounty Bonanza! One whole Bee Basket, plus our Cookbook, our children’s book A Hard Night’s Day, tickets to our annual Fall Festival, one jar of Brinery kimchi made with CFAA veggies, one 2 lb. bag of our own organic, home-milled whole wheat flour, and 2 lbs. of biodynamic compost, enough to enrich about a garden bed of soil, so that you can begin your very own garden and give your plants the best start in life. OR, instead of the Bee Basket portion, substitute 2 week Taste of the Farm, for yourself or a friend! Plus, your name in the concert program.

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    “Back to School” Fall Share. A CSA share at our farm, beginning the first week of September and going all the way through to a final Thanksgiving distribution in the first week of November. You will officially become a member of the farm and pick up delicious veggies every week! You can attend the Fall Festival, participate in meetings and events, get in the dirt with the farmers, and take part in all that our farm has to offer. And your name will be featured at the very tippy top of the list in our concert program.

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