FARMette – a ONE DAY Conference – April 28th

Can’t wait till October to see your FARM friends? Looking for a small sample of what happens at our full weekend FARM Gathering in the fall? Unable to make it to St. Louis this year?

Join us in Fayette, Ohio for a mini FARM conference. We’ll be taking over the Historic Fayette Opera House with a full day of workshops, performance lane, open mics and a concert featuring 8 official showcases in the evening that will be open to the public.

We’re pleased to announce our first FARMette Official Showcase Line -up.

  • Bill Bynum & Company, Trenton, MI
  • Chad Elliot, Coon Rapids, IA
  • Emily White, Chicago, IL
  • Heather Styka, Chicago, IL
  • Jason & Ginger, Bloomington, IN
  • Jen Cass, Saginaw, MI
  • Jim Bizer, Franklin, MI
  • Jon Brooks, Toronto, Ontario

Registration is open by mail or online. Rates include lunch and dinner. Venues and DJs attend for only the cost of their meals. Evening showcase concert included (concert-only tickets are available). Fayette is located in Northwestern Ohio just a couple of hours from many Michigan, Indiana and Ohio metropolises.

Evening only tickets are available for just $10 available at the opera house the night of the show.

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Another Great FARM Gathering!

It’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly 3 weeks since we converged on the Holiday Inn in Bolingbrook, Illinois. From all reports, this was yet another wonderful year of music, workshops, camaraderie and all the joy that comes from spending time with like-minded folkies!

Those in attendance had the opportunity to soak up the unique wisdom of Michael P Smith in a killer key note address, help us honor this year’s awardees – Bob Blackman and Lou & Peter Berryman; be entertained by 14 top-notch official showcase artists and 13 Midwest Radio Presents showcase artists; get a little exercise trying to catch a song from 52 Performance Lane acts; and wish they could be in 10 places at once for all the Private Showcase rooms. Not to mention the wonderful spontaneous jams & song circles that broke out in the lobby.

If you missed it this year, don’t worry. We’re already making plans for an even better gathering next year when we’ll be moving to St. Louis, MO.

Mark your calendars now for October 11 – 14, 2012!

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