BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) – Folk singer Pete Seeger is coming to the aid of New England farmers.

Seeger will headline a Sept. 13 concert in Brattleboro to raise money for a new micro-loan program being developed by The Carrot Project and the organization that operates the town’s annual Strolling of the Heifers.

The New England Farm Relief Concert, at the Latchis Theatre, will also feature his grandson, Tao Rodriguez-Seeger, and bluesman Guy Davis.

The Carrot Project, a non-profit based in Somerville, Mass., makes loans and guarantees available for small farms and those that use environmentally friendly practices.

The Strolling of the Heifers is an annual event in Brattleboro in which flower-bedecked young cows are marched down Main Street in a parade celebrating Vermont’s agricultural tradition.

“We’re truly honored that Pete Seeger has chosen to benefit Strolling of the Heifers and our micro-loan program in one of the very few performances he will make this year,” said Orly Munzing, chair of the Strolling of the Heifers.

Seeger, 89, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, is known as a performer and activist. His hits include “Where Have All the Flowers Gone,” “If I Had a Hammer” and “Turn, Turn, Turn.”

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Information from: Brattleboro Reformer

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