Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Farm Aid Helping Out For 23rd Year

"MANSFIELD, Mass. — On a day when all eyes focused on Willie Nelson, Neil Young and their Farm Aid brethren, a shy farmer from Brunswick reluctantly stole a small sliver of spotlight.

At a press briefing prior to the first Farm Aid concert in New England on Saturday, Brenna Chase found herself seated somewhat uncomfortably alongside Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and just a few chairs down from some of the biggest music stars in the world.

Not that she wasn't thrilled to be there, but Chase, 29, is far more comfortable digging in the dirt, raising animals and selling flowers at farmers' markets in Brunswick.

"I'm a little out of my element," she told an assembled group of media representatives and Farm Aid friends. "I was just feeding hogs this morning. Thank you for making me feel like the work I do is important."

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