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I belong to... Farm Aid: Chuck Deichmann

PD Staff Published on 10 December 2013


Age: 49



Location: Belmont, New York

History of your dairy farm, in a nutshell: Our family moved to the farm in 1974; we started the dairy in 1978 milking by hand. We went through stages of bucket milkers, pipeline, automatic take-offs and now are milking with robots.

We raise all our replacement animals, grow all crops except grain; most of our feed is in the form of baleage (wrapped round bales).

My wife, Julia, and I took over in 1995. ... We are a two-family farm, which enables both families time off for vacation, projects and visiting with extended family.

In what ways do you contribute to Farm Aid? Through Horizon Organic, a cooperative, which has been a sponsor since 2003. I have been to Farm Aid three times since 2007. Horizon Organic, our milk supplier, sends farmers to Farm Aid each year. … It helps fund the organization and hands out products.


A little-known fact about Farm Aid is ... it is one of the longest-running relief benefits in the country.

Farm Aid is different than other relief organizations because ... it strictly caters to farmers and is dedicated to their profitability.

A member of Farm Aid who is inspiring is … Willie Nelson, of course, because of his dedication to the project. It is awesome to listen to him speak about the history of Farm Aid.

Who’s your favorite Farm Aid musician? John Mellencamp, probably because of his mix of old and new music. He brings the crowd to life with every piece.

The best thing about working with Farm Aid is … it is great just knowing how Farm Aid is helping so many farmers. My co-op obviously makes the ultimate decision on how we help the organization.

I know that Farm Aid makes an impact because … There are many different beginning artists who are involved, and there are those that have been here for years.


There are the four that are making things happen – Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews – but there’s so much that goes on behind the scenes. The whole atmosphere, from the stands and booths to the concerts, there’s just a lot of ag awareness that goes on.

I see a bright future for Farm Aid because … there are so many people dedicated to carrying on the Farm Aid tradition. PD

1813pd_belong_deichmann_back Farm Aid
501 Cambridge St., 3rd floor
Cambridge, MA 02141

Year founded: 1985

Impact: Since 1985, Farm Aid, with the support of the artists who contribute their performances each year, has raised more than $43 million to support programs that help farmers thrive, expand the reach of the Good Food Movement, take action to change the dominant system of industrial agriculture, and promote food from family farms.

Mission statement:
Farm Aid’s mission is to keep family farmers on the land in order to guarantee an agricultural system that ensures farmers a fair living, strengthens our communities, protects our natural resources, and delivers good food for all.