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Unlike most California farms, Riverdance Farms grows Northern High Bush blueberries. Cindy Lashbrook displays the sweet berries above.

Riverdance fest

The right pick for farm aficionados “IT’S HOW YOU CAN FARM WITH NATURE; SUPPORTING LOCAL FARMS AND FARMERS, ESPECIALLY ORGANIC FARMS AND WHY LOCAL, SUSTAINABLY GROWN FOOD IS GOOD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT.” — Cindy Lashbrook

By KRISTINA HACKER

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n ecosystem is a community of living organisms, like plants and animals, and the environment in which they live including the air, water and soil. This symbiotic relationship is the essence of an annual Livingston event — the Pick and Gather at Riverdance Farms and Merced River Fair. This annual event gives Valley residents and visitors the chance to get out on the farm and learn about the local ecosystem. There will be workshops throughout the two-day event, set for May 30 and 31, and hands-on activities for kids and 209MAGAZINE

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adults including the proper way to plant seeds, minnow races at the river, corn grinding and fish prints. For Cindy Lashbrook of Riverdance Farms, the annual event is an opportunity to educate about organic farming. "It's how you can farm with nature; supporting local farms and farmers, especially organic farms and why local, sustainably grown food is good for the environment," she said. The event will also celebrate the area’s two State Parks on the Merced River. McConnell State Recreation


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