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2013 Farm Aid Grants Support Organizations That Are Transforming The Farm And Food System

January 2014

Cambridge, Mass. (December 19, 2013) -  Farm Aid today announced that it distributed $573,514 in grant program funding this year. Farm Aid provided grants to 73 family farm and rural service organizations in 36 states and the District of Columbia that are working to strengthen family farm agriculture nationwide.

“Efforts are underway in communities across the country to meet the needs of family farmers and eaters,” said Farm Aid President Willie Nelson. “We are proud that these grants from Farm Aid fund energetic and effective grassroots initiatives that strengthen family farmers and build the Good Food Movement.”

Farm Aid funds were invested in programs that:

  • Help farm families stay on the land.
  • Recruit and train new and beginning farmers and increase their access to farmland.
  • Build new market opportunities for farmers and increase everyone’s access to good food.
  • Confront corporate concentration in agriculture.
  • Advocate for fair farm policies on behalf of all family farmers.
  • Inform and organize farmers and eaters around issues such as factory farms, genetically engineered (GE) food, food safety, climate change and fracking.
  • Support farmer-to-farmer programs for more sustainable agricultural practices.

“Farm Aid grantees work every day to change our food system from the ground up,” said Farm Aid Executive Director Carolyn Mugar. “We are honored to call these innovative folks our partners in the movement for good food from family farms.”

Farm Aid also issued disaster grants of between $2,500 and up to $10,000 to organizations to distribute to farm families facing weather disasters, while additional individual emergency grants of $500 were awarded to 15 farm families facing either economic crises or natural disasters. In addition, Farm Aid launched a Farmer Leadership Fund this year, awarding $5,514 in funds to elevate farmer voices in arenas where their perspectives are crucial, such as the American Public Health Association conference.

In New York, where Farm Aid held its annual benefit concert in September of this year, Farm Aid invested $60,500 in programs that support family farm agriculture and the Good Food Movement, including $5,500 in emergency and disaster grants. Awardees included the National Young Farmers Coalition in Tivoli, N.Y., to reform federal farm programs to work on behalf of beginning farmers; the Agricultural Stewardship Association in Greenwich, N.Y., to develop the Greater Hudson Valley Farmlink; and the Regional Farm & Food Project in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., to establish a farmer and consumer cooperative in the region.

Farm Aid’s grantmaking is one aspect of its work to keep family farmers on the land, growing good food for all. In addition, Farm Aid provides direct services to family farmers, inspires an increased demand for family farm food, advocates for policies that serve farmers and consumers alike, and calls on everyone to engage in building a thriving family farm system of agriculture.

Farm Aid’s annual concert is the organization’s largest awareness-raising event of the year, with performances donated by top artists; HOMEGROWN Concessions® made with family farm food; and the HOMEGROWN Village, featuring hands-on exhibits that showcase family farmers, soil, water and ways we all connect to the roots of our food. In 2013, Farm Aid also worked to advance policies in support of family farm agriculture, including advocating for the passage of the farm bill, pressing for the labeling of genetically modified foods, petitioning the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) to fix federal food safety regulations and encouraging restrictions to prevent the overuse of antibiotics in livestock production. Farm Aid increased the capacity of its Farmer Resource Network (www.farmaid.org/ideas) and the Farm Advocate Link, a network of farm advocates working on behalf of family farmers. 

For a complete listing of Farm Aid’s 2013 grants, visit www.farmaid.org/grants.

Farm Aid’s mission is to build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America. Farm Aid artists and board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews host an annual concert to raise funds to support Farm Aid’s work with family farmers and to inspire people to choose family farm food. Since 1985, Farm Aid, with the support of the artists who contribute their performances each year, has raised more than $45 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. Join the Farm Aid conversation on Twitter at www.twitter.com/FarmAid. For more information about Farm Aid, visit www.farmaid.org.

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Contact: Brittany Vanderpool, 202-248-5487

bvanderpool@vancomm.com

Physician Assistant Workforce Critical to Expanding Healthcare Access in Crowded U.S. Marketplace

October 2013

Alexandria, Va.  (October 07, 3013) — As millions of Americans sign up for health coverage, the nation’s fast-growing physician assistant (PA) workforce is already on the frontlines practicing medicine and increasing access to high-quality, patient-centered healthcare.  Because of their critical role in meeting the demand for care, PAs are named one of three primary care providers in the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

“Currently, there are more than 93,000 PAs throughout the U.S. whose education in general medicine prepares them to be extremely nimble, positioning  them very well to address an influx of 20 million new patients entering the healthcare system,” said Lawrence Herman, MPA, PA-C, DFAAPA and president of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA).

In light of a projected physician shortage—estimated at 90,000 by 2020, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges—PAs have the training, flexibility and agility to respond immediately to the healthcare needs of millions of previously uninsured patients. In fact, PAs practice medicine and in surgery across all settings and specialties including family medicine, primary care, emergency medicine, surgery, oncology, psychiatry, radiology and pediatrics.

“PAs can perform up to 85 percent of the duties of physicians, including prescribing medicine, which allows us to pivot easily in diverse practice settings, bridge gaps in care and solve patient problems in this new era of healthcare,” said Herman. “Now, more than ever, America needs PAs.”

Increased access to care is especially important in critical health arenas such as primary care and underserved areas. Nearly 1 in 3 PAs (32 percent) practice in primary care and 37 percent of PAs work in medically underserved counties of the U.S.

Results of AAPA’s annual survey of the PA profession exemplify the specific ways that PAs are meeting patients’ healthcare needs. According to the survey, the top clinical procedures performed by PAs include: writing prescriptions (82 percent), acute care management (80 percent), chronic disease management (64 percent), follow-up patient calls (63 percent), care coordination (58 percent), clinical consultations (55 percent), minor surgical procedures (52 percent), clinical preventive services (49 percent), first assisting in surgery (24 percent), phone triage (23 percent) and end-of-life care (14 percent).

Since 2006, the PA profession has grown 34 percent and is expected to continue growing. According to the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA), more than 7,000 new PAs graduate annually from 173ARC-PA accredited programs throughout the U.S. The profession has nearly doubled in size in the last 10 years.

A PA is a graduate of an accredited PA educational program who is nationally certified and state-licensed to practice medicine. PA master’s degree programs take about two and a half years to complete and are modeled on the medical school curriculum, a combination of classroom education and more than 2,000 hours of clinical rotations. All 50 states and the District of Columbia allow PAs to practice and prescribe medicine.

The profession will honor PAs’ invaluable role in transforming healthcare during National PA Week. Held every year from Oct. 6 – 12, PA Week is a time when PAs and PA students celebrate their profession through local and national events designed to increase awareness of the value PAs bring to today’s healthcare team.

Eighty-six percent of PAs report being very satisfied with their jobs. See real stories and videos of America’s PAs in action at www.pasconnect.org.

About the American Academy of Physician Assistants

Founded in 1968, the American Academy of Physician Assistants is the national professional society for physician assistants. It represents a profession of more than 93,000 certified PAs across all medical and surgical specialties in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the majority of the U.S. territories and within the uniformed services.

AAPA advocates and educates on behalf of the profession and the patients PAs serve. It works to ensure the professional growth, personal excellence and recognition of physician assistants and to enhance their ability to improve the quality, accessibility and cost-effectiveness of patient-centered healthcare. Visit www.aapa.org and www.pasconnect.org to learn more.

 

Contact:  Matt Forke, (202) 248-5484 mforke@vancomm.com

Farm Aid 2013 Calls on All Eaters to Contribute to a Healthier Food System

September 2013

Saratoga Springs, N. Y. (September 20, 3013) — Standing with family farmers and more than a dozen artists, Farm Aid uses the platform of its annual benefit festival to urge all Americans to play a role in strengthening the country’s food system.

Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews emphasized the critical responsibility of businesses, policymakers — and everyone who eats — to help grow the Good Food Movement. More than 25,000 fans attended the sold-out event, hosted at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) in Saratoga Springs, N. Y.

“Every time we eat, we determine the direction of our food system,” said Nelson, president and founder of Farm Aid. “Farmers are doing their part. When we all stand with them and do our part, we can bring about change that’s good for all of us.”

Curt Ellis, filmmaker and founder of the nonprofit organization FoodCorps, moderated a discussion about the challenges family farmers face and strategies for a strong Good Food Movement. Chuck Curtiss of Willow Marsh Farm in Ballston Spa, N. Y.; Ben and Lindsey Shute of Hearty Roots Community Farm in Clermont, N. Y.; and Jayson Rosado of GrowNYC’s Youthmarket joined Nelson, Mellencamp, Young and Matthews, along with Jack Johnson and Farm Aid Executive Director Carolyn Mugar, for the conversation.

Citing a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showing that industrial livestock agriculture is contributing to increased human antibiotic resistance, Mugar said there is new urgency for all Americans to fight for a safe, healthy, family farm food system.

“Farm Aid artists have all sparked a movement that many have now joined,” said Mugar. “Farmers, community leaders, food businesses, schools, parents, chefs and eaters young and old are seizing opportunities to make changes that support family farm agriculture. The possibilities for good food grow exponentially when we all step up in whatever way we can.”

Farm Aid 2013 featured performances by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, and Dave Matthews with Tim Reynolds, in addition to Jack Johnson, Amos Lee, Jamey Johnson, Kacey Musgraves, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Pegi Young & The Survivors, Carlene Carter, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Bahamas, Sasha Dobson, Jesse Lenat, Insects vs. Robots and The Blackwood Quartet.

HOMEGROWN Concessions® brought family farm-sourced foods to concertgoers including organic burgers and corndogs, grilled cheese with family farm bacon and local tomatoes, and antibiotic-free pork chop sandwiches, poutine with organic fries and homemade gravy, and Chipotle Mexican Grill’s beef barbacoa chili. Seasonal menu items included grilled local non-GMO corn, a garden green vegetable wrap and local fresh fruit sold at GrowNYC’s HOMEGROWN Youthmarket. Dessert offerings included fair trade coffees and local cider donuts, ice cream and maple cotton candy.

Farm Aid’s HOMEGROWN Village featured hands-on educational activities; concert attendees learned agrarian skills such as curing bacon, growing mushrooms and making cheese. Farm Aid partnered with the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York to help meet the needs of the hungry across the region by collecting nonperishable food items from concertgoers at the main entrances to SPAC.

“Farm Aid 2013 Live Presented by Amy’s Kitchen,” aired from 5 to 11 p.m. EDT at farmaid.org, and Willie Nelson’s SiriusXM channel 56, Willie’s Roadhouse, also aired the show live. Farm Aid’s first-ever official festival app allowed users to view the entire Farm Aid 2013 schedule and add artists, workshops and artist briefings to make their own personal schedule for the day.

Farm Aid 2013 is sponsored by Chipotle Mexican Grill, Amy’s Kitchen, Farm Family Insurance, Horizon Organic, American Harvest, Rudi’s Organic Bakery, Organic Valley Coop, Applegate, Greener Fields Together, EcoScraps, PLOTSAVER, Taste NY and Dean’s Beans.

Farm Aid’s mission is to build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America. Farm Aid artists and board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews host an annual concert to raise funds to support Farm Aid’s work with family farmers and to inspire people to choose family farm food. Since 1985, Farm Aid, with the support of the artists who contribute their performances each year, has raised more than $43 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.

Contact: Maria Enie, 202-248-5460 Maria Enie

Farm Aid: CDC Antibiotic Resistance Report Confirms Health Threat From Factory Farms

September 2013

Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (September 19, 3013) — In response to the first-ever Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report on antibiotic resistance, released earlier this week, Farm Aid issued a statement from the site of its annual benefit concert, scheduled for Sept. 21, calling for further investigation of factory farm-related health issues and an immediate curtailing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of non-therapeutic antibiotic use in food-producing animals, as recommended by the CDC.

The new CDC report, “Antibiotic resistance threats in the United States, 2013,” affirms that the factory farm approach to food production puts our health in danger. For years, Farm Aid has worked alongside family farmers to bring attention to the risks associated with taking animals off the land and confining them together in massive production facilities. We have already seen some of the consequences of factory farming, including diminished air and water quality and the loss of family farms and communities across the country. Now we have confirmation that this unsafe system is seriously threatening the health of all Americans. The overuse and misuse of antibiotics in industrial animal production is causing the spread of deadly drug-resistant pathogens in humans, including Campylobacter and Salmonella — collectively, the source of more than 400,000 infections per year.

The costs of factory farming are too dire to ignore. We can’t afford an industrial food system that produces cheap food, propped up by dangerous practices that make people sick. Farm Aid urges the FDA to immediately act in the interest of the public by using its authority to enforce the CDC recommendations to limit antibiotic use in industrial farms. This should be the first step in a stronger move to research and report the health threats from factory farms, both to animals and humans.

Farm Aid encourages everyone who eats to stand with family farmers by holding the government accountable for creating policies and enforcing regulations that ensure a safe and healthy food system for all.

Farm Aid’s mission is to build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America. Farm Aid artists and board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews host an annual concert to raise funds to support Farm Aid’s work with family farmers and to inspire people to choose family farm food. Since 1985, Farm Aid, with the support of the artists who contribute their performances each year, has raised more than $43 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.

Contact: Maria Enie, 202-248-5460 Maria Enie

SAMHSA to honor David O. Russell, Patrick Kennedy, and Peter Chiarelli at 2013 Voice Awards

September 2013

National program will recognize community, TV, and film industry leaders who raise awareness about mental and substance use disorders and promote recovery

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will honor David O. Russell, writer and director of Silver Linings Playbook and The Fighter, with a Career Achievement Award at the 2013 Voice Awards for his efforts to educate film audiences about the real experiences of people with behavioral health problems. In addition, SAMHSA will recognize former U.S. Congressman Patrick Kennedy and retired U.S. Army General Peter Chiarelli with Special Recognition Awards for their work to reduce the discrimination and misperceptions associated with people with behavioral health problems and increase access to behavioral health services and supports.

The event will take place on Wednesday, September 25, at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, CA. Since 2005, the Voice Awards program has brought together representatives from the entertainment industry and the behavioral health community for an evening of educational awareness-building about mental and substance use disorders and the power of recovery. This year’s theme—Giving a Voice to Recovery—reflects SAMHSA’s focus on the significant impact that individuals and communities can have when they support and give a voice to people with behavioral health needs.

The awards program recognizes the achievements of consumer/peer leaders who are sharing their stories of recovery and educating the public about behavioral health. Joseph Rogers of Philadelphia, PA, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for his impactful leadership and advocacy to advance the recovery movement. Consumer/Peer Leadership Awards will be presented to behavioral health advocates and community leaders Drew Horn, Freehold, NJ; Robert McKinley Gilmore, Sr., Houston, TX; Mia St. John, Calabasas, CA; Jennifer Constantine, Rapid City, SD; and William Kellibrew, Washington, DC. The Young Adult Leadership Award will be presented to Lauren Grimes of Baltimore, MD.

The Voice Awards also honors writers and producers who incorporate dignified, respectful, and accurate portrayals of people with behavioral health challenges into film and television productions. This year’s finalists include Silver Linings Playbook (The Weinstein Company); The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Summit Entertainment) “Elementary” (CBS); “The Newsroom” (HBO); “Call Me Crazy: A Five Film” (Lifetime); “NCIS” (CBS); “Homeland” (Showtime); and “Perception” (TNT).

WHAT:     2013 Voice Awards—www.samhsa.gov/voiceawards

WHEN:     Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Partner-Sponsored Meet and Greet and Photo Opportunity—6 p.m. PDT

Awards Program—7 p.m. PDT

WHERE:   Paramount Theater at Paramount Studios, 5555 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, CA

VISUAL:    Award winner, host, and presenter photo opportunities

To attend the event or request an interview, please contact Matt Forke at 202–248–5484 (office) or 202–341–8973 (cell).

For more information about the Voice Awards and to view the list of collaborating organizations, visit www.samhsa.gov/voiceawards. To join the conversation about the Voice Awards, like SAMHSA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/samhsa and follow @samhsagov and #VoiceAwards on Twitter.

SAMHSA is a public health agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Its mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.

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Inaugural Microfinance Summit in D.C. Celebrates Global Impact of Socially Responsible Investing

September 2013

U.S. Investors Committed $3.8 Million to Global Economic Development Projects in 2013

Washington, D.C. — Oikocredit, one of the world’s largest private financiers of the microfinance sector, kicks off its first-ever USA summit in Washington, D.C., today. The event, Oikocredit USA Summit 2013: Investing in People, Empowering Communities, convenes investors from across the nation and stakeholders from around the world to demonstrate how investor dollars are strengthening families, villages and the planet.

The two-day event features a varied lineup of speakers, including:

  • Timothy Bradley, anti-human trafficking expert and founding member of the Pennsylvania Joint State Government Commission’s Human Trafficking Advisory Committee;
  • Ched Myers, theologian and social activist;
  • Cheryl Smith, managing partner at Trillium Asset Management, which is the oldest independent investment advisor devoted exclusively to sustainable and responsible investing; and
  • Mariam Dao, representative of Oikocredit in West Africa.

“Social investing starts with socially conscious individuals. They are at the heart of Oikocredit’s mission,” said Sharlene Brown, national director of Oikocredit USA. “This inaugural summit for our investors serves as a means to celebrate the impact that their investments have made around the globe while providing educational opportunities to learn about the latest trends in social investing and development finance.”

In addition, tonight’s inaugural Investor Inspirations Award Ceremony will honor the following recipients:

  • Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the United Church of Christ, and the Presbyterian Church (USA) Foundation — winners of the Oikocredit USA Founding Member Award;
  • East Liberty Presbyterian Church — winner of the Faith and Global Justice Award;
  • Adrian Dominican Sisters — winner of the Orders of World Service Award; and
  • Joyce Erickson — winner of the Mary and Bill Pardee Service Award.

As one of the largest private funders of microfinance efforts, local cooperatives and fair trade organizations, Oikocredit supports more than 850 project partners in 67 of the world’s poorest countries. The U.S. arm of Oikocredit raises investment capital from churches and individuals around the nation that are committed to Oikocredit’s mission of financial inclusion and poverty alleviation. In contrast to today’s common financial models, Oikocredit is guided by its nearly 600 voting members — representing mostly faith-based organizations from Africa, Latin America, Europe and Asia — who help determine which efforts to support and decide on the financial return distributed to investors.

For more information about Oikocredit USA and the Oikocredit USA Summit 2013: Investing in People, Empowering Communities event, visit www.oikocreditusa.org.

Oikocredit USA is the U.S. arm of Oikocredit, a worldwide financial cooperative headquartered in Amersfoort, Netherlands, that manages a social investment portfolio of close to $1 billion. The U.S. office connects U.S.-based investors with disadvantaged populations around the world by raising social investment capital to provide financial opportunities that strengthen families and communities. Oikocredit USA raises capital from faith institutions and individuals around the nation who are committed to its mission of social justice, economic empowerment and poverty alleviation. Oikocredit pools that capital with that of other social investors around the world and invests it in more than 850 microfinance partners, local cooperatives and fair trade organizations in 67 countries around the world. As one of the largest private funders of these efforts, Oikocredit offers investors a steady 2 percent return, the engagement that comes with a cooperative culture and the knowledge that their dollars are making a difference.

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D.C.-based Vanguard Communications Wins Gold for Small PR Agency of the Year by Bulldog Reporter

August 2013

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12Bulldog Reporter announced that Vanguard Communications received the gold-level award in the Small Agency of the Year – Under $10,000,000 category in the 2013 Bulldog Stars of PR Award for Outstanding Achievement by Communications Agencies and Professionals. The only public relations and communications awards program judged exclusively by working journalists, the Bulldog Stars of PR Awards celebrate the highest caliber of PR know-how.

Vanguard — a Hispanic woman-owned, full-service public relations and social marketing firm based in Washington, D.C., — was recognized for its account retention, employee retention and relations, growth through new business and increases in existing-client billings, and achievements in the practice of PR.

“It’s a great honor to be recognized by our valued partners in the media industry,” said Vanguard President Maria Rodriguez. “It’s my privilege to work with determined social change bulldogs here at Vanguard every day who ensure impactful results for our clients and causes we’re passionate about.”

Dozens of esteemed journalists chose Gold, Silver and Bronze winners from among the entries of PR/communications agencies and professionals in 31 categories. These judges looked for firms and professionals that demonstrate leadership, integrity and extraordinary achievement, displaying breakthrough thinking, initiative and qualities that are a credit to the PR business.

The Bulldog Stars of PR win comes during an exciting month at Vanguard; the firm recently released the second in its Purple Paper™ series. The paper, Branding for Social Change, is a guide to help communicators explore how branding can move the needle on social causes, whether you are a nonprofit, foundation, or government agency.

ABOUT VANGUARD
Vanguard Communications is an award-winning, Hispanic woman-owned public relations and social marketing firm committed to communications initiatives that can change attitudes and perceptions and encourage public debate about critical social issues such as health, mental health, safe food and farming, the environment, education and other quality of life concerns. For more information about Vanguard, visit www.vancomm.com, “like” Vanguard on Facebook at facebook.com/vancomm and follow Vanguard on Twitter @VanComm.

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Vanguard Communications Releases Purple Paper On Branding For Social Change

August 2013

WASHINGTON — “Branding: It’s the new black. Everyone wants to do it, or at least thinks it should be done.”

This is how Vanguard Communications begins its second Purple Paper™Branding for Social Change — available today.

The latest addition to Vanguard’s Purple Paper series provides simple, accessible brand-building tools to empower organizations that focus on social change.

“Building a strong brand is just as critical for social change-focused entities as it is for the corporate world,” said Maria Rodriguez, president of Vanguard Communications. “We want this second Purple Paper to help cause communicators apply branding principles that can strengthen membership, advocacy, fundraising and programs.”

Vanguard launched Branding for Social Change today at a Progressive Communicators of Washington, D.C., (PCDC) roundtable event, “Creating a Brand You Can’t Live Without.” At the event, Vanguard Vice President of Creative Services Deanna Troust joined branding and public health experts Lisa Iannarino, director of marketing at National Capital Area Chapter at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Doug Evans, Ph.D., M.A., professor of prevention and community health and global health, School of Public Health and Human Services at The George Washington University, to explore ways of building and maintaining a strong brand for social change.

Download and share Branding for Social Change or Vanguard’s first Purple Paper™, Evaluating for Social Change. To stay updated on the Purple Paper™ and other Vanguard news, join our conversation on Twitter, on Facebook, on Pinterest and on our InSites blog.

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ABOUT VANGUARD

Innovation. Passion. Integrity. Quality. These core values drive the talented staff of Vanguard Communications, an award-winning, Hispanic woman-owned public relations and social marketing firm that focuses exclusively on communicating for social change. Vanguard specializes in communication initiatives that educate the public, change perceptions and behavior, affect public policy, and ultimately protect the health and well-being of all of our neighbors. Our approaches are research-based, collaborative and culturally inclusive. Since 1987, Vanguard has teamed up to drive change with some of the nation’s leading nonprofits, foundations and government agencies working in critical issue areas such as mental health, energy and environment, health and wellness, youth and families, food and agriculture, and education.

 

Contact: Matt Forke, 202-248-5484 mforke@vancomm.com

Farm Aid 2013 Is Sold Out

July 2013

Saratoga Springs, N.Y. — Farm Aid announced today that the organization has sold all of the available tickets for Farm Aid 2013, the family farm benefit festival scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

“We are honored that upstate New York has embraced Farm Aid in this way,” said Carolyn Mugar, executive director of Farm Aid. “Your enthusiasm is a clear sign that people here and across the Northeast value family farmers and the work they do to grow strong and healthy communities for all of us.”

Farm Aid 2013, which sold slightly more than 25,000 available tickets, will feature Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews with Tim Reynolds, as well as Jack Johnson, Amos Lee, Kacey Musgraves, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Bahamas, JD & The Straight Shot, Carlene Carter, Pegi Young & The Survivors, and The Blackwood Quartet. The event is an all-day music and food festival featuring HOMEGROWN Concessions® and Farm Aid’s HOMEGROWN Village.

Farm Aid welcomes the participation of the local business community and offers corporate sponsorship opportunities. For more information, contact Glenda Yoder at glenda@farmaid.org.

 Farm Aid plans additional announcements throughout the summer, including ways everyone can be involved in the annual concert events. For concert updates and other Farm Aid 2013 announcements, follow Farm Aid on Twitter (@farmaid) and on Facebook (www.facebook.com/farmaid), and visit www.farmaid.org/concert.

 Farm Aid’s mission is to build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America. Farm Aid artists and board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews host an annual concert to raise funds to support Farm Aid’s work with family farmers and to inspire people to choose family farm food. Since 1985, Farm Aid, with the support of the artists who contribute their performances each year, has raised more than $43 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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 **Editors and Producers Note: Advance credentials are required for all media to attend Farm Aid 2013. Please visit www.farmaid.org/media by Thursday, Sept.12, to apply. Media can download official Farm Aid photos and videos at www.farmaid.org/media.**

Contact: Brittany Vanderpool, 202-248-5487 bvanderpool@vancomm.com

Farm Aid Announces Star-Studded Lineup For Its 2013 Music And Food Festival

June 2013

Saratoga Springs, N.Y. — Today, Farm Aid announced a stellar lineup for its 2013 music and food festival, scheduled for Sept. 21 at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Jack Johnson, Amos Lee, Kacey Musgraves, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Bahamas, JD & The Straight Shot, Carlene Carter, and Pegi Young & The Survivors will join Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews at Farm Aid 2013. In addition, Dave Matthews will be joined by guitarist Tim Reynolds.

“The Farm Aid benefit concert takes place each year thanks to the generosity of artists who donate their talent to raise awareness about the crucial need we have for family farmers on the land,” said Carolyn Mugar, executive director of Farm Aid. “We are thrilled to have an eclectic lineup this year that includes returning artists, as well as artists new to the Farm Aid stage. Together, Farm Aid concertgoers and artists are changing our food system!”

In addition to the all-star lineup, Farm Aid’s all-day music and food festival will spotlight family farm food and hands-on activities that will engage concertgoers in activities that give them a true understanding of why family farm agriculture is so important. Farm Aid’s HOMEGROWN Concessions® brings family farm food center-stage, showcasing local, organic, sustainable, humanely-raised family farm ingredients. In Farm Aid’s HOMEGROWN Village, concertgoers will have the chance to meet farmers, engage in hands-on food and farm activities, and learn about the ways family farmers are enriching our soil, protecting our water and growing our economy, in addition to bringing us good food for good health.

Tickets for Farm Aid 2013 will go on sale this Friday, June 28, at 10 a.m. EDT. Tickets will be available at www.ticketmaster.com, at the SPAC Box Office or by phone at 800-745-3000. Tickets range from $45.00 to $150.00, while a limited number of premium VIP seats range from $300.00 to $1,500.00. Additional ticket information can be found at www.farmaid.org.

To learn more about the Farm Aid 2013 lineup, visit www.farmaid.org/lineup.

Farm Aid welcomes the participation of the local business community and offers corporate sponsorship opportunities. For more information, email Glenda Yoder at glenda@farmaid.org.

For concert updates, follow Farm Aid on Twitter (@farmaid) and on Facebook (www.facebook.com/farmaid), as well as by visiting www.farmaid.org/concert.

Farm Aid’s mission is to build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America. Farm Aid artists and board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews host an annual concert to raise funds to support Farm Aid’s work with family farmers and to inspire people to choose family farm food. Since 1985, Farm Aid, with the support of the artists who contribute their performances each year, has raised more than $43 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.

**Editors and Producers Note: Advance credentials are required for all media to attend Farm Aid 2013. Please visit www.farmaid.org/media by Thursday, Sept.12, to apply. Media can download official Farm Aid photos and videos at www.farmaid.org/media.**

Contact: Brittany Vanderpool, 202-248-5487 bvanderpool@vancomm.com