A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from November 23, 2007
Good Food Movement (Farm Aid)

The “Good Food Movement” means eating local, fresh, usually organic food. Farm Aid was started in 1985 by recording artists Willie Nelson, Neil Young, and John Mellencamp to help family farms. In 2005, Farm Aid officially embraced the “good food movement.”

Willie Nelson’s commentary in the November 22, 2007 Austin (TX) American-Statesman credits former Texas Agriculture Commissioner Jim Hightower with possibly coining the term “good food movement,” but this hasn’t been confirmed. Some people credit institutions at Berkeley, California in the 1960s and 1970s (Peet’s coffee, Chez Panisse, et al.) with creating the basis for the “good food movement.”


About Us - Farm Aid
22 years of great music, supporting farmers, and strengthening America
Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp organized the first Farm Aid concert in 1985 to raise awareness about the loss of family farms and to raise funds to keep farm families on their land. Dave Matthews joined the Farm Aid Board of Directors in 2001. Farm Aid has raised more than $30 million to promote a strong and resilient family farm system of agriculture. Farm Aid is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to keep family farmers on their land. Farm Aid accomplishes this mission by:

Promoting Food from Family Farms
Farm Aid stages America’s longest running annual concert event that unites farmers, artists, consumers, and concerned citizens to build a powerful movement for good food from family farms. Throughout the year, Farm Aid promotes food from family farms through inspiring and informative television, radio, mail, and web campaigns.

Growing the Good Food Movement
The Good Food Movement is growing the number of Americans reaching for and demanding family farm-identified, local, organic or humanely-raised food. Farm Aid grants build connections between farmers and consumers creating new markets for family farmers.

Good Food - Farm Aid
The growing good food movement.
Farm Aid has united farmers, artists, consumers, and concerned citizens to create awareness about the benefits of good food from family farms. Farmers markets and local farm stands are everywhere. Let us help you find one! More people are purchasing organic food. More Americans are choosing meat products from livestock humanely raised on pastures, free of antibiotics and hormones. Rural citizens, consumers, and family farmers are stopping the factory farms that pollute and destroy the rural environment. Americans are rejecting genetically engineered food.

Wikipedia: Farm Aid
Farm Aid started as a benefit concert on September 22, 1985, in Champaign, Illinois, held to raise money for family farmers in the United States. The concert was organized by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young, spurred on by Bob Dylan’s comments at Live Aid earlier in that year. (Dylan said, “I hope that some of the money...maybe they can just take a little bit of it, maybe...one or two million, maybe...and use it, say, to pay the mortgages on some of the farms and, the farmers here, owe to the banks....") Nelson and Mellencamp then brought family farmers before Congress to testify about the state of family farming in America. Congress subsequently passed the Agricultural Credit Act of 1987 to help save family farms from foreclosure.

Today, Farm Aid is an organization that works to increase awareness of the importance of family farms, and puts on an annual concert of country, blues and rock music with a variety of stars. The board of directors includes Nelson, Mellencamp, Neil Young, and Dave Matthews. Young’s speeches about the environment are a highlight of the annual shows. 

Wikipedia: Jim Hightower
James Allen “Jim” Hightower (born January 11, 1943) is a populist activist and a former Texas Agriculture Commissioner.

Austin American-Statesman
COMMENTARY
Celebrate a new food tradition
Willie Nelson, LOCAL CONTRIBUTOR
Thursday, November 22, 2007

The holidays are the perfect time to welcome good food grown by family farmers into our homes and share it with our friends and relatives. Some of our best memories are created when people come together over a holiday meal. This holiday season, we should celebrate the family farmer and share the story of good food.

The story leads us to the family farmers who grew the crops and raised the animals. At Farm Aid, we call this the Good Food Movement (with a nod to Austin’s own Jim Hightower, who may have coined the phrase). People seek connections with food producers, from local and organic farmers to urban growers in community gardens, and even our own backyards.

(Trademark)
Word Mark FARM AID KEEP AMERICA GROWING!
Goods and Services IC 036. US 100 101 102. G & S: charitable fund raising services in the field of agriculture and farming. FIRST USE: 19850922. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19850922
Mark Drawing Code (3) DESIGN PLUS WORDS, LETTERS, AND/OR NUMBERS
Design Search Code 18.05.08 - Combines; Threshers; Threshing machines; Tillers; Tractors
24.09.01 - Flags, rectangular or square, excluding American flag or checkered flag
24.09.05 - American flags; Flags, American
26.17.01 - Bands, straight; Bars, straight; Lines, straight; Straight line(s), band(s) or bar(s)
26.17.05 - Bands, horizontal; Bars, horizontal; Horizontal line(s), band(s) or bar(s); Lines, horizontal
Serial Number 74504308
Filing Date March 23, 1994
Current Filing Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1A
Published for Opposition December 19, 1995
Registration Number 1961365
Registration Date March 12, 1996
Owner (REGISTRANT) Farm Aid Inc. CORPORATION ILLINOIS 11 Ward Street Suite 200 Somerville MASSACHUSETTS 02143
Attorney of Record Robert A. Rosenbloum, and Jamie Nordhaus Shipp,
Type of Mark SERVICE MARK
Register PRINCIPAL-2(F)-IN PART
Affidavit Text SECT 15. SECT 8 (6-YR). SECTION 8(10-YR) 20060320.
Renewal 1ST RENEWAL 20060320
Live/Dead Indicator LIVE
Distinctiveness Limitation Statement as to “FARM AID”

(Trademark)
Word Mark FARM AID
Goods and Services IC 025. US 022 039. G & S: Clothing, namely, t-shirts, denim shirts, hats, caps, denim jackets, aprons and bandanas. FIRST USE: 19850922. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19850922
IC 036. US 100 101 102. G & S: Charitable fund raising services in the field of agriculture and farming. FIRST USE: 19850922. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19850922
IC 041. US 100 101 107. G & S: Entertainment services, namely conducting live musical performances featuring various solo recording artists and musical groups. FIRST USE: 19850922. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19850922
Mark Drawing Code (1) TYPED DRAWING
Serial Number 75771734
Filing Date August 8, 1999
Current Filing Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1A
Published for Opposition October 24, 2000
Registration Number 2420913
Registration Date January 16, 2001
Owner (REGISTRANT) Farm Aid, Inc. CORPORATION ILLINOIS 11 Ward Street, Suite 200 Somerville MASSACHUSETTS 02143
Attorney of Record Robert A. Rosenbloum
Prior Registrations 1950115;1961365
Type of Mark TRADEMARK. SERVICE MARK
Register PRINCIPAL-2(F)
Affidavit Text SECT 15. SECT 8 (6-YR).
Live/Dead Indicator LIVE

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