what happens when our crisis-driven, trend-mongering society moves on to the next cause du jour? does anything really change?
every now and then i want to note people who’ve taken on big, intractable problems and by dint of unsung or unrelenting (or both) hard work, have hammered away at those problems and tried to be part of a solution.
i hadn’t realized Farm Aid has been around for 22 years. kudos to willie nelson and john mellencamp and others for starting it up. in 1985, it was about small farmers losing their livelihoods to industrial farming; today consumers join small farmers in trying to grow and eat sustainable food.
“We are making a difference, be it ever so humble,” Mr. Mellencamp insisted. “We would like to see huge change immediately, but we’re all old enough and cynical enough and smart enough to know that’s not going to happen.” He chuckled. “We’ll be doing Farm Aid till the day we die.”