Farm Aid. Maryland Heights, Missouri. 4 October 2009
American Flag Patch, Scrambled Eggs, and Quilted Down
Belt Buckle featuring a John Deere Model A, worn by GPA owner Jesse Smith, proud member of the Owensville Threshers Association.
The most interesting conversation I had at Farm Aid was with Gabby “Hayseed” Kaiser, High Sheriff of the fictional town of Bakersville, Missouri, a reconstructed 19th century village.
It is located within the city limits of Mansfield, Missouri, home of author Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Alongside founder Jeremiath Gettle, Mr. Kaiser was there to promote Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, home of the world’s largest supply of rare seeds. He explained the Mr. Gettle has been invited to share his story all over the world as his collection continues to grow.
My favorite moment from the concert. After the morning’s press conference, I was fortunate to witness a 23-year-old organic dairy farmer from northern Iowa give Neil Young the shirt off his back. Watch how that interaction manifested itself just before one of Farm Aid’s many anthem’s Mr. Young’s “Homegrown.”
Whether you donate money to FarmAid.org or ask the manager of your neighborhood Safeway to stock produce that’s grown locally, sustainably, do what you can to support small farms.
For more of my day at Farm Aid, see Flickr.