One thing that makes Austin such an incredible city is its amazingly supportive community. Organizations like HAAM, Austin Music Foundation and Black Fret provide valuable support and services to local musicians who greatly benefit from the services provided. Now I’ve been introduced to another Austin-based organization that’s using the power of music to give back.
Farmgrass is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping farmers in the greater Austin area with medical emergencies that prevent them from maintaining their farms and livelihoods.
Last Friday evening, farmers, foodies and music lovers were invited to The Austonian to enjoy a farm-to-table dinner accompanied by the sounds of The Lost Pines. Following dinner was an auction to support Farmgrass in providing continued aid to farmers in need. By the end of the night, $10,000 had been raised from auction items including a 7-night stay in Aruba at Villa Bougainvillea (yes, please), and an acoustic guitar signed by Robert Earl Keen.
In addition to the fundraiser, Farmgrass holds a festival in the spring and invites the public to once again eat, drink and enjoy some music on a beautiful farm in Lockhart, TX.
This year’s Farmgrass Fest at the Simmons Family Farm on May 3, features performances by The Gravy Brothers (members of Wood & Wire), Whiskey Shivers, The Lost Pines and more. If you’re in the area, buy a ticket and support farmers, food and music. We all know how important maintaing sustainable food practices has become and that starts with protecting the farmers, and in this case, enjoying some bluegrass at the same time.
Purchase tickets at www.farmgrassfest.com/tickets.
Photos by Chelsea Wilmot Photography