Build It Up East TN is hosting a concert fundraiser, Folk for Farms, on Thursday June 11 at the Down Home in Johnson City. Doors open at 6pm and the show starts at 7pm. The headlining musician is Amythyst Kiah, a rising star in the Southern Roots and Folk music scenes. Opening performances will feature two other great Johnson City bands, the Continental Waylay and Charis Carter.
There will be a silent auction featuring art and donations from local businesses as well as a chance to purchase tickets for a grand prize drawing of a three month CSA share from River Creek Farms.
Build It Up is a youth led non-profit dedicated to promoting local food and sustainable agriculture in our region. This year, BIU is piloting a program to train 10 families to raise market gardens in their backyards. By helping families to establish small scale agricultural businesses, BIU seeks to improve food security and access to fresh, nutritious food for both the participating families and our community as a whole. BIU also helps maintain two community gardens and two community edible parks, which are filled with perennial fruit and nut trees.
Tickets for Folk for Farms are a sliding scale from $15-$35 and can be purchased online or at the door. All proceeds from the event will be used to support our participating families and community gardens. More information and online ticket sales can be found at folkforfarms.bpt.me or by calling Lexy at 423-631-5740.