Slow Food and local food groups have gotten an upsurge of interest in recent years from new would-be locavores and eco-foodies who picked up a copy of The Omnivore’s Dilemma. But the effort to save local agriculture and family farms is one Farm Aid has championed since 1985, when Willie Nelson and his fellow musicians organized the Live Aid concert, raising $7 million to support family farms.

Last Year, Farm Aid returned to its Midwest roots by holding its annual day-long event in St. Louis, Mo. This year, the event’s moving a bit north for its 25th anniversary benefit concert, happening at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wis., on Oct. 2.

Dubbed Farm Aid 25: Growing Hope for America, the concert boasts a lineup of musicians who are long-time Farm Aid devotees — Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews — with more performers will be announced closer to date. In addition to great music, concertgoers will be able to indulge in local, organic, and farmer-identified foods from Farm Aid’s Homegrown concessions — and even take part in hands-on activities to learn more about farming and its environmental concerns.

The concert will raise funds for Farm Aid’s work, supporting family farmers and encouraging people to opt for family farmed foods. Plus, as MNN contributor Stephanie Rogers reported last year, “Farm Aid staff help family farmers make the transition to more sustainable farming practices, which can also be more profitable. They’re also helping to fuel the demand for organic, responsibly produced food through the Good Food Movement, which helps connect consumers with farmers markets and local farm stands.”

Tickets — which cost between $39.50 to $97.50 each — go on sale this Friday, Aug. 6 to Farm Aid members; memberships are available for $40. Non-members will have to wait until Sat., Aug. 14, at 9 a.m.

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