Transcript for Celebrating America’s small farms for Farm Aid
Love the deals. Ginger, let's shop. Now to helping kick off the annual music festival going virtual this year, and it's been helping support family farms in our country for 35 years now. In this time of uncertainty and upheaval, it has reminded us just how essential those small, independent farmers are. So we went to visit some of them. Take a look. Reporter: America's small an essential backbone to our nation, and when the country shut down, farmers dug in. It was so scary to recognize that we are essential workers, and that we fulfill a huge need within the community. Reporter: With record unemployment, demand at food pantries shot up by 50% to 70%. Here we go. Reporter: At the same time, small farms stretched to stay afloat and serve those in need. We have collard greens. We have kale. We have mustard. Reporter: This is the founder of Pittsburgh's black urban gardeners and farmers. When the pandemic hit, they donated food. No grocery store since 1995. We use the word apartheid to talk about black and brown neighborhoods. We don't just grow food. We grow minds and leader. We have fed over 3,000 families thus far. Reporter: While some farms grow greens, others raise kids. Like at big picture farm in Vermont. We use the goat's milk to make caramels, chocolates as well as small batch cheese. Reporter: The shutdown shut them down until they pivoted to online sales. There was an outpouring of wanting to support small farms and small businesses. That support was really helpful and allowed us to keep everybody employed. Reporter: In neighboring Massachusetts, this family, owners of woven roots farm, shifted to selling foot at a discounted rate to serving food to insecure families. The impact not lost on their I do better in school because I'm always fed and that's not something everybody gets to have. Reporter: And then there's Spence farm in Illinois. We had orders and everybody just canceled. We had orders from 40 restaurants to everybody canceling all by three restaurants. Reporter: 160, a family legacy. This farm was settled in 1830. I'm the eighth generation on the farm. My kids are the ninth. We had to reinvent, recreate what we're doing, and we're still doing that. We're still evolving. Reporter: Their business now evolving into a direct to consumer powerhouse operation, selling in the very same parking lots of restaurants they would otherwise normally be selling to. The farmers are feeding the world. Farmers are supporting the community too, and if we can continue to have that whole circular community, that's huge. Reporter: All these small farms determined to make their way through the pandemic. It's very important that we have our own land. I think the answer in the future will be more farms, not big farms. We're not going anywhere. Yeah. We're here. Cannot do without the small farms. Farm aid 2020 streams for free tomorrow. Go to our website for more information. Check out the farm aid merchandise that is available this year.
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