History and the Future

Less the 6 months from now, music professionals from all over the Midwest and beyond will be gathering in Bolingbrook, IL for our what we now believe will be the 19th Annual FARM Gathering.  It all depends on when we start officially counting, but from what we’ve been able to determine through conversation with those who were around back then, the first official gathering occurred in November 1992.

The Midwest Regional Folk Alliance conference has been growing by leaps and bounds over the past several years thanks to all of our diehard regulars and the word of mouth excitement we’ve been generating. However, none of this happens over night and we’ve been remiss in shining a light on all of those involved in creating and growing this wonderful community – starting way back at the beginning. Visit our History page to read recollections from our past board members and organizers of the very first FARM Gatherings.

Stay tuned to our website and join our mailing list to stay on top of the latest updates and important information about FARM 2011.

Official FARM Playlist

We are currently featuring our 2015 Official Showcase artists! Give a listen - you can expect more of this at this year's FARM conference!

Friends of FARM

2016 Friends:
Sandy Andina
Annie Capps
Mark Dvorak
Deb Kirmer - Last Minute Folk Concerts
Ten Pound Fiddle
Sue Kessell (WNUR)
Simeon Peebler
Two Way Street Coffee House
Patty Stevenson and Craig Siemsen
West Bethesda Folk Music Conferences

Visit our Sponsorship page for more info.

Future FARM Dates

Dates for future FARM Conferences

In Iowa City, IA
* October 27 - 30, 2016
* October 19 - 22, 2017

Location to be announced
* October 25 - 28, 2018
* October 24 - 27, 2019
* October 29 - November 1, 2020

Member States & Provinces

North Dakota
South Dakota