THANK YOU for making FARM 2016 so AWESOME!

Wasn’t that great?!?!  FARM 2016 is in the books, and from what we experienced, and you said, we had a fantastic long weekend of music, community, fun, music, great food, friendship, music, and Champ.

A few people  we really need to thank include:

  • Official Showcases – Lee Herman
  • Private Showcases –Jacquelyn Strickland
  • Venue Presenter Showcases – Nancy Freeman
  • 25th Anniversary Celebration – Nancy Freeman
  • DJ Showcase – Karen Impola
  • Printed Program – Annie Capps
  • On Line Private Showcase listing – Brian B
  • Performance Lane – Joan Hellman
  • Registrar – Doug Adams
  • Sound – Maurice Smeets
  • Video – Snapshot Video
  • Nametags – Emily White
  • Private Showcase Food Inspector – Champ Smith

We are in recovery mode (still).  All caught up on sleep, but some wrapping up to do.  For YOUR To Do list, if you attended, consider ordering videos to remember your performance (or the performances of others).  You can get a video file or DVD of a single Official or Venue / DJ Showcase performance for only $20.  Or, the entire shebang for only $50.  Go HERE and scroll down to where you can pay for videos.  Or you can always send an email to and we’ll figure it out.  Videos will be ready about New Years.  If you really really need your individual performance video sooner, perhaps to submit for something, we can work on expediting.

DID YOU TAKE ANY GOOD PIX THIS YEAR?  Send them to us (best via email to!  We’ll use them on our Social Media, Newsletters, Website, and paste them on the bathroom wall at FARM Central Office.  Check out the great shot Devin Latimer took at 4am (see below).

We hope you provided suggestions for next year, or for anything at all, on your Conference Feedback Form.  We really do read each and every one and take them to heart.  But, we also love to hear from you ANY TIME, via email, at  Tell us what you think.

Last but not least, it is a year round job to execute a conference like this.  If you are willing to help out between now and the 2017 conference (especially the three months or so leading up to the conference) WE NEED YOU!  And how would you let us know of your interest.  Yup –


Peace and love and all things music, Smitty & Champ & all of us at FARM.

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