History

Some say it was 1991 others 1992 but either way, FARM as an organization was conceived and the first gathering happened about 25 years ago in Aurora, Illinois. A handful of folks who had just attended the Folk Alliance Conference which was held that year in Chicago, took the first steps to form what would become the Midwest Regional Folk Alliance.

In order to preserve our history and honor the founding members, our dear departed Board member and Secretary, Christine Gaylord, asked a few of them to share their early recollections. You can read those by clicking the links below.

You will also find our past board members, award honorees and showcase artists listed in various places throughout the site.

Recollections #1 (Joan Hellman and Dave Humphreys)

Recollections #2 (Walt Campbell)

Recollections #3 (Phil Cooper)

Recollections #4 (Joel Mabus)

Recollections #5 (Dan Hazlett)

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
WNUR Folk Show (Sue Kessell)
Deb Kirmer - Last Minute Folk Concerts
Ten Pound Fiddle
Sue Kessell (WNUR)
Simeon Peebler

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

Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Manitoba
Michigan
Minnesota
Missouri
Nebraska
Nunavut
North Dakota
Ohio
Saskatchewan
South Dakota
Wisconsin

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