DECORAH — To paraphrase a line from his debut single “Stranger Angels,” David Huckfelt’s upcoming performance at a fundraiser at Seed Savers Exchange is a gathering of everything he holds dear.
“There’s no shortage of causes and issues worthy of a benefit concert,” Huckfelt said.
However, Seed Savers Exchange has an especially appealing message, he thinks.
“Their work to give control to small farmers and individuals to grow their own food is a mission I really believe in,” he said.
Huckfelt, of The Pines, will be performing solo Saturday at the fundraiser concert that includes Dave Simonett of Trampled by Turtles, Lisse, Pieta Brown, Michael Rossetto, and Greg Brown. The event starts at 7 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m. with a tour of garden areas.
In addition to the cause, the company and the venue were reasons Huckfelt joined the lineup.
“This year’s lineup — it’s all really good friends of mine,” he said. “The setting itself, the gorgeous, rolling hills and river bluffs of the drifts area, is a really big draw for me.”
“It’s a perfect site for a show,” he added.
Jeanine Scheffert, education and engagement manager at Seed Savers, said the musicians joined the lineup without hesitation.
The last fundraiser concert there, held in 2017, drew more than 500 people. With Greg Brown, a well-known Iowa artist and the regional draw Dave Simonett commands, Scheffert said she expects this year’s event to surpass that. The grounds can accommodate about 750 people.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if we get there,” Scheffert said. “It’s really exciting to have so many talented artists in one place.”
Greg Brown initiated the fundraiser concerts at Seed Savers. His belief in their mission and friendships with musicians helped grow the events, Scheffert and Huckfelt said.
That musicians are donating their time for Seed Savers speaks to their belief in Seed Savers’ mission. Send Savers Exchange is the largest seed exchange operation in the world. Seed Savers staff and volunteers collect, store, and propagate seeds from thousands of heirloom, rare, and open-pollinated plants at the Heritage Farm headquarters. Seed Savers also manages and oversees the Svalbard Global Seed Vault to collect and preserve seeds. The exchange provided seeds for the seed library at the Rochester Public Library.
“It’s fun to hear (the musicians’) passion about what we’re doing here,” Scheffert said.
All proceeds from the $25 tickets ($30 at the gate), food and drink will go to upkeep and maintenance of the Seed Savers facilities and buildings.
For Huckfelt, Seed Savers is doing their part to build a more sustainable future. Lending his talents to help them is his way of helping in too, he said.
“If we want to protect our planet and our future, we all need to pitch in,” Huckfelt said.