Willie Nelson works tirelessly for Farm Aid -25 years


Nelson is active in a number of issues. Along with Neil Young and John Mellencamp, he set up Farm Aid in 1985 to assist and increase awareness of the importance of family farms,[82] after Bob Dylan’s comments during the Live Aid concert that he hoped some of the money would help American farmers in danger of losing their farms through mortgage debt.[83] The first concert included Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, B.B. King, Roy Orbison, among others,[84] and raised over $9 million for America’s family farmers.[85] Besides organizing and performing in the annual concerts, Nelson is the president of the board of Farm Aid.[86]

In April 2010, Nelson received the “Feed the Peace” award from The Nobelity Project for his extensive work with Farm Aid and overall contributions to world peace.[132] On June 23, 2010 he was inducted into the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry.[133][134] Nelson is an honorary trustee of the Dayton International Peace Museum.[135] In 2010, Austin, Texas renamed Second Street to Willie Nelson Boulevard. The city also planned to honor him with a life-size statue,[136] to be placed at the entrance of Austin City Limits new studio. The non-profit organization Capital Area Statues commissioned sculptor Clete Shields to execute the project.[137]

As well as recording sixty seven studio albums, Nelson has appeared in over thirty films and TV shows. His acting debut was in the 1979 movie, The Electric Horseman, followed by appearances in Honeysuckle RoseThief, and Barbarosa.[144]

In 1988 his first book, Willie: An Autobiography, was published.[145] The Facts of Life: and Other Dirty Jokes, a personal recollection of tour and musical stories from his career, combined with song lyrics, followed in 2002.[146] In 2005 he co-authored Farm Aid: A Song for America, a commemorative book about the twentieth anniversary of the foundation of Farm Aid.[147] His third book, The Tao of Willie: A Guide to the Happiness in Your Heart, was published in 2006.[148] In 2007 a book advocating the use of bio-diesel and the reduction of gas emissions, On The Clean Road Again: Biodiesel and The Future of the Family Farm, was published.[149] His next book, A Tale Out of Luck, published in 2008 and co-authored by Mike Blakely, was Nelson’s first fictional book.[150]

We can support our local farmers by purchasing locally grown produce and by making farm market purchases.

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