{Farm Aid 2013} Makin’ Bacon Escapades

Chris, Christine, Becky and myself, before the gates opened.

Chris, Christine, Becky and myself, before the gates opened.

A few weekends ago a few of us had the immense priviledge of attending FarmAid, right in our own backyard. We got to assist in the Homegrown Skills tent showing people an array of demos sourced from the blog.

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We ran around the SPAC grounds before the flood gates opened!

Initially I didn’t know how many people would want to wander to our tent when so many great bands were performing. I was pleasantly surprised that we were busy all day.

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Initially I didn’t know how many people would want to wander to our tent when so many great bands were performing. I was pleasantly surprised that we were busy all day. There were demos during the afternoon as well, and I got to present an abbreviated version of my “Makin’ Bacon” class (spots still available for the October 27th class) where I explained how to cure bacon at home.

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The whole experience was amazing. Thousands and thousands of people were there to hear great music, and also to support a great cause. People wanted to be educated. They wanted to learn about local grains, and cheese making and all sorts of skills that just used to get passed from one generation to the next.

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Later in the evening we packed up everything and moved closer to hear the music on the main stage. I don’t even know where to begin on explaining how great the performers were. At one point Pete Seeger came out for a brief, surprise performance and people went crazy. It was outstanding. It felt like an incredibly rare gift.

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The rain started to come down and one-by-one members of our group went home. Somehow we ended up with a VIP pass, and since I was staying through the end of the show, I took it. Christine left at the end of Neil Young’s set so I took my pass and wandered into the seated area during the break.

The finale.

The finale.

As I meandered my way to the front a woman in the second row offered up the empty seat next to her. I gladly took it. Willie Nelson came on last and it was electric. He’s such a legend and somehow I was only about 50 feet away from him. At the end the other artists came out and they all performed together. Everyone in the audience was standing and singing along.

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(Editor’s Note: I went home first and snapped this pic off Farm Aid’s live feed video -Christina)

And before I knew it, a very long, very inspiring day was over. Just. Like. That.

As I made my way through the rubbish on the lawn, in the rain, out to my car I recommitted to myself that for the rest of my life, in some way I’d always support farmers and farming. This path has already changed and shaped the trajectory of my life. It has brought me to people I would’ve never met before. People who make me and our region better.

I wish Farm Aid didn’t have to exist, but I’m really glad it does. Let’s keep fighting the good fight though.

Chris and Jennifer

Chris and Jennifer

Also, many thanks to Jennifer Wehunt of Homegrown for her hard work and dedication and to FSC Editor & Founder, Christina Davis, for offering up my bacon class. It was certainly a day I’ll never forget.

Amy, Christina, Christine, Becky & I. Our official Farm Aid 2013 portrait

Amy, Christina, Christine, Becky & I. Our official Farm Aid 2013 portrait

*Homegrown has a gallery of images from the day and Farm Aid also has a page where you can watch videos of some of the performances.

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Author:Erika T.

Mom to Jack (lover of Legos) and wife to Chris (Naval nuclear mechanic) who keeps track of her family's DIY adventures at ourDIYlife.com. As a child of an Italian mother, Erika loves food in all its forms. She's also passionate about the fiber arts, sewing, photography, and writing. She can be seen skating with the Albany All Stars Roller Derby League where she proudly sports her "No Farms No Food" sticker on her helmet. Her day jobs include managing several social media accounts & a myriad of things for Kilpatrick Family Farm. Someday she and her family plan to have a sustainable farm of their own.

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7 Comments on “{Farm Aid 2013} Makin’ Bacon Escapades”

  1. October 18, 2013 at 11:13 am #

    I wish I was closer — I would love to know more about Makin’ Bacon! :)

  2. maria
    October 18, 2013 at 12:29 pm #

    What a sweet post!

  3. October 18, 2013 at 3:28 pm #

    It looks like a good time was had by all. I wish I could have attended!

  4. October 18, 2013 at 5:37 pm #

    Wow! Looks like you all had a blast! I’m sure Willie was amazing!

  5. October 18, 2013 at 5:55 pm #

    Love the APRON! Very old-school :)

  6. December 11, 2013 at 6:44 pm #

    i do love making my own bacon at home. but i have to say, you guys make diy look like a walk in the park. i think any photo of me taken after my diy bacon making would come out far from photogenic.

    just curious, do you guys use pink curing salts, or do it some other way?


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