Gearing up for St. Louis

Friends, we’re over-flowing with excitement for this year’s FARM gathering in St. Louis on October 11-14, 2012.  We’ve got big plans to bring you all the terrific workshops, panels, mentors, showcasing, & networking opportunities that you’ve come to expect from FARM, along with a few surprises, all in a gorgeous new venue that is allowing us to grow. We’re so pleased to welcome the venerable John Gorka who will be delivering this year’s key note address as well as presenting a master songwriting class on Thursday!

Registration is open now at our lowest price. Rates increase on August 15!

Make your hotel reservations now! (you can always cancel, but you don’t want to miss out)

Private showcases were so successful last year, so let’s do it again!

Got ideas for workshops you’d like to see, present, organize?

Click here for all the details!

We look forward to seeing you in the fall – which will be here before you know it, so why not make your plans now? Get it out of the way so you don’t forget. Check it off your list! Come on. What are you waiting for??

FARMette a big success!

Many people were involved in creating FARM’s first one-day conference in Fayette Ohio, not the least of which were all the wonderful folks at the Fayette Opera House who provided most of the volunteers, home-cooked meals, kept us watered and caffeinated all day and even participated in open mics and jams. A BIG shout out to Bob Hofbauer, Board Member and concert host, for an incredibly fine job organizing our first FARMette! We heard NOTHING but good things from all those in attendance. The day went without a hitch, workshops were great, food was great, all the music was excellent and the official showcases were outstanding! It’s safe to say that this day exceeded all expectations and was a huge success.

Here’s a link to a nice preview article that we know brought a couple of walk-ups to the conference:

We’ll be posting photos here as soon as they’re available. Anyone who would like to share their own snapshots of the day, please feel free to email us at

It’s time now to start really gearing up for FARM in St. Louis, so stayed tuned for updates as they come in.


Official FARM Playlist

We are currently featuring our 2017 Official Showcase artists! Give a listen - you can expect more of this at this year's FARM conference!


Friends of FARM


Laura Lind
Andy Cohen
Mark Dvorak
Two Way Street Coffee House
Curt Joa
Sue Kessell
Tim Grimm
Sandy Andina
Deb Kirmer – Last Minute Folk Concerts
Annie Capps
Sue Kessell (WNUR)
West Bethesda Folk Music Conferences
Patty Stevenson and Craig Siemsen
JLMartin Music

Visit our Sponsorship page for more info.

Future FARM Dates


Dates for future FARM Conferences:

Grand Rapids, MI

Crowne Plaza Grand Rapids Airport Hotel
5700 28th Street
Grand Rapids, MI
* October 25 – 28, 2018
* October 24 – 27, 2019
* October 22 – 25, 2020


Dates of the 2017 FARM Conference:

In Iowa City, IA
* October 19 – 22, 2017

FARM States & Provinces

North Dakota
South Dakota