Area is across the river from the farm and festival. George J. Hatfield is further west, just as the Merced River joins the San Joaquin River. To get a better look at the river, kayak excursions will be offered one each day. The trips are three hour guided tours down the Merced River that end back at the festival. Along with farm and river events, the festival will also feature storytelling, local artisans, live music, children’s activities and an organic breakfast. Overnight camping will be available at the farm on May 30. The food offered at the festival will all be from local sources, many organic growers and mostly healthy. “It’s not your typical fair food,” said Lashbrook. In an effort to promote ecosystem education, students who bring a science fair project on farming, nature, gardening, biology or water systems to share with the public, can gain free entry. Interested students should contact Lashbrook at Riverdance Farms to reserve space for their project. ■
ALONG WITH FARM AND RIVER EVENTS, THE FESTIVAL WILL ALSO FEATURE STORYTELLING, LOCAL ARTISANS, LIVE MUSIC, CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES AND AN ORGANIC BREAKFAST.
IF YOU GO WHAT: Pick and Gather at Riverdance Farms and Merced River Fair WHERE: Riverdance Farms, 12230 Livingston Cressey Rd., Livingston WHEN: 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. May 30; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 31 ADMISSION: May 30: $10 adults, $5 kids / students 3-20 and seniors 65+; May 31: $5 adults, $2 kids/students/seniors Information: Call Riverdance Farms at 7610081 or visit riverdancefarms.com; Merced River Fair Kayak Trips, FOR MORE INFORMATION: visit sanjoaquinriver.org/events
PHOTO BY KRISTINA HACKER/ 209 Magazine
Cindy Lashbrook of Riverdance Farms looks at a tree of Bing cherries on her Livingston area farm. 209MAGAZINE