Love the Land
A farm-fresh benefit concert
What: Love the Land Benefit Concert
When: 7:00 pm Wed., Sep. 22
Where: YouTube Live
Cost: Suggested donation is $10 per viewer
Wednesday, September 15, 2021
If you were offered front-row seats to see the Grammy-nominated indie rock band the Decemberists for a mere $10, would you act as quickly as possible to score a ticket? It might sweeten the deal to know that in addition to hearing from the Portland-based ensemble—as well as from a number of other regional acts who’ll be joining the lineup—you’d simultaneously be raising funds for Washington Farmland Trust and Viva Farms.
At the second annual “Love the Land,” a virtual benefit concert taking place on YouTube Live at 7pm Weds., Sept. 22, everyone who tunes in will be able to secure a sweet view of the action, which will be emceed by Audra Mulkern, a local documentarian, photographer, speaker, podcaster and founder of the Female Farmer Project.
With a lofty goal of raising more than $300,000 to support the worthy missions of organizations long known for protecting farmland and supporting farmers by offering resources, training and land-access opportunities, the event also aims to draw attention to the barriers threatening the health and prosperity of Washington state’s food and farming systems.
“Our organizations have a long history of making land available for farming and connecting farmers with the resources that they need,” says Melissa Campbell, executive director of Washington Farmland Trust. “We are honored to do this work in partnership, and know that by working together, we can create a more equitable and resilient future for farming.”
Michael Frazier, the executive director of Viva Farms—a bilingual nonprofit operating 119 acres in both Skagit and King counties that has educated more than 1,000 farmers in sustainable organic farming—agrees with Campbell’s assessment.
“As we continue to face the challenges of climate change, systemic racism, and a global pandemic, our work to support farmers and our local food supply is more critical than ever,” he says. “We hope our community will join us for this special event to celebrate local farms and farmers.”
To recap, all that’s needed from you to help “Love the Land” reach its fundraising goal is to set some time aside next Wednesday to tune in to hear galvanizing words from organizational leaders, testimonials from a trio of local farmers, and memorable musical performances.
The Decemberists will be joined by fellow Portlandians Black Belt Eagle Scout, an alternative rock group helmed by Katherine Paul, a Swinomish/Iñupiaq singer-songwriter and instrumentalist. Funk and soul band True Love, alt soul singer Whitney Mongé, and Americana crooner Sera Cahoone—all hailing from Seattle—will also be adding their talents to the mix.
After surveying the loaded lineup, viewers may be tempted to donate more than a 10-spot to the cause. Do so knowing the extra dollars you give will go toward empowering future farmers and conserving and stewarding the land upon which we all live, then turn up the volume and have a dance party in your living room.