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!
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!
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.
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
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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