For the first time in it’s 33 year history, the legendary Farm Aid Festival has come to Connecticut’s capital!
This is the first time the charity concert series has come to Connecticut and organizers hoped it will raise more than $1.5 million for programs and grants to benefit family farmers across the U.S.
Staff for Farm Aid hope the concert will highlight both the problems facing small farmers and some of the opportunities and good news involving agriculture in Connecticut.
The number of small farmers in Connecticut has been increasing in recent years, rising by about 20 percent between 2007 and 2015, according to federal census reports.
However, this state’s dairy farmers have been hit particularly hard in recent years by extremely low milk prices. There are now barely 100 dairy farms left in Connecticut and several have recently decided to sell their herds because of ongoing financial pressures.
Organizers are planning for the festival to raise at least $1.5 million for programs and grants to benefit family farmers across the U.S.