On September 17, The Washington Post hosted The FarmYard Stage with indie folk-rock artists Ian Mellencamp, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats and local farmers at Farm Aid, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews’ annual benefit concert. Washington Post Food and Dining Editor and Food Writer Tim Carman led discussions on issues meaningful to the artists and farmers such as building a more just poultry system, the good food movement, supporting local agriculture and growing the next generation of farmers.


Jamey Johnson, The Nightsweats’ Mark Shusterman, farmer Shirley Sherrod, Nathaniel Rateliff , farmer Xavier Brown, The Post’s Tim Carman and Nightsweats’ band member Joseph Pope III.

Food Writer Tim Carman kicked on The FarmYard Stage conversations with Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats and farmers Xavier Brown of Soilful City in Washington, D.C. and Shirley Sherrod of the Southwest Georgia Project in Albany, GA.


Ian Mellencamp and farmer Mike Peterson (Emma Plowman)

Food and Dining Editor Joe Yonan continued the day with Ian Mellencamp and farmer Mike Peterson of Heritage Hollow Farms in Sperryville, VA.


The Post’s Joe Yonan (Emma Plowman)

The Post captured the atmosphere of Farm Aid through Facebook Live as Joe Yonan explored the HOMEGROWN VILLAGE where food and farm groups from across the country exhibited their work and led hands-on farming activities.