Hey Locavores! It’s that time of year again, when the wonderful folks at Riverdance Farms, host their annual “Pick and Gather”, it’s always a wonderful time rain or shine!
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Posted in agriculture, california, California festivals, central valley, Events, heartland events, Heartland festival, Local farms, tagged central valley, central valley farm events, Double T Acres, ecological farming asssociation, EFA, Events, farms, local events, local organic farmers, Localchoices, San Joaquin Valley, Stevison CA, sustainable farming, The Heartland Festival, the heartland project on August 12, 2010 | Leave a Comment »
Saturday, August 14th 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Sunday, August 15th 6:00 am to 11:00 am
If you haven’t been to this farm event here in our neck if the woods, I highly recommend checking it out! The Double T in Stevison, CA, is an organic working dairy farm loaded with history and agricultural artifacts that are amazing. The Double T has been hosting this wonderful farm event for many years with the support of The Ecological Farming Association, through the EFA Heartland Project and their mission is this:
The Heartland Project seeks to strengthen the future of sustainable and family farming in the San Joaquin Valley by bringing together farmers and families and encouraging a closer understanding of food production. Join EFA and other local groups for education events and fun including local music, delicious food, berry picking, and more.
So take your family and enjoy this 2 day festival that will give you the opportunity to experience blue grass music, local foods, children activities, organic dinner, draft horse driving class and much more you will find no where else in the Central Valley!
Below are a few photos from last year…
|Heartland Festival ~ Double T Acres 2009|
More info here…
Posted in California festivals, fresno, fresno events, San Joaquin Valley, Uncategorized, tagged 2010 fresno fig fest, Events, Food, local event, local events, local foods, San Joaquin Valley on August 4, 2010 | Leave a Comment »
Saturday August 7, 2010
9:00 am ~ 1:00 pm
California State University Fresno
Ag ~ East Lawn
Fig Fest 2010 arrives on the California State University, Fresno campus, offering tastes of figs and a variety of other foods, plus entertainment while raising money for Fresno State’s Ag One Foundation, Slow Foods Madera and the Bulldog Pantry.
The annual event, sponsored by the California Fig Advisory Board, is on the west lawn of the Satellite Student Union (Maple and San Ramon avenues, south of Barstow Avenue).
More than 1,000 foodies from throughout the state are expected to attend the festival, which features 16 Fresno, Visalia, Clovis and Madera restaurants and 11 food purveyors of everything from artisanal cheese and bread to biscotti and olives!
Among the vendors will be the Rue and Gwen Gibson Farm Market at Fresno State.
Fig Fest 2010 is an opportunity to sample fig dishes prepared by restaurants, sample fig products and learn what other foods go with figs. The ancient fruit is enjoying something of a renaissance as a trendy food.
$6.00 in advance (available at www.californiafigs.com.)
$8.00 at the gate
Children younger than 12 are admitted at no charge.
The beneficiaries of Fig Fest are:
- Ag One Foundation, which provides scholarships and other support for students and programs in Fresno State’s Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology.
- Bulldog Pantry, a student-organized and run off-campus food bank serving Fresno State-area neighbors in need.
- Slow Foods Madera is part of a worldwide movement promoting thoughtful, sustainable food practices.
There will also be a Fig Feast at the Vineyard Restaurant in Madera, that evening at 6:00 pm, 605 S.T st. The cost is $90-per-person to benefit Slow Foods Madera.
For more information, contact Rebecca Hall at 559.243.8600 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted in agriculture, central valley, Events, local organic, organic farmers, Organic Farming, Riverdance Pick & Gather, sustainable farming, tagged California organic Farmers, central valley, central valley u-pick farms, Events, local events, Local farms, Localchoices, organic blueberry farms, organic cherry farms, Organic Foods, riverdance pick & gather, San Joaquin Valley on May 30, 2010 | Leave a Comment »
It’s that time of year again when Cindy Lashbrook and Bill Thompson open the gates to their biodiverse Organic Blueberry and Cherry farm. In celebration of the peak season of these fruits at their finest the “Pick & Gather” farm festival will be held on June 5th and 6th this year. Bring your family and friends because this by far is the BEST spring event going on here in California’s Central Valley!
The Pick & Gather weekend on the farm venue seems to improve every year thanks to a group of hardworking locavores that have brought together all things local, with the best of the valley from foods to musicians. The list is long of activities, entertainment, educational workshops, river fair and of course our tastey Hey Honey! Organic Lemonade will be there. Visit the P & G website & facebook page where you can get details, tickets and all the daily farm buzz!
Now I want to share a little about the farm….
Riverdance Farms is a simple, eco-friendly working organic farm hidden along the Merced River in Livingston, CA. It has been nurtured by some of our favorite local farmers who work with mother nature not against her, practicing permaculture principals. If you are unfamiliar with this farming technique here it is in short from Wikipedia…
“Permaculture aims to create stable, productive systems that provide for human needs, harmoniously integrating the land with its inhabitants. The ecological processes of plants, animals, their nutrient cycles, climatic factors and weather cycles are all part of the picture.”
Every visit I make to this farm takes my breath away with it’s unpretentious preservation of nature, if only all farmers could harness such beauty for us to appreciate or cared about the wellness of our farmlands with this much respect.
See you at the “Pick & Gather!”
Posted in California festivals, central valley, earth day, earth day event, Events, Uncategorized, tagged 2010 earth day festivals in the san joaquin valley, community health, earth day celebrations, Earth Day events in the central valley, Events, hey honey organic lemonade, local events, Riverbank Beyound Earth Day, San Joaquin Valley on April 13, 2010 | Leave a Comment »
On Saturday, Local Choices had the pleasure of participating in Riverbank’s fourth annual “Beyond Earth Day” event for the first time! This wonderful family community event was sponsored by the City of Riverbank and the Riverbank Beyond Earth Day committee.
Jacob Myers Park that runs along the Stanislaus River was the perfect setting for the awesome line up of earth friendly vendors and entertainment.
The day was busy with an Earth Day poster contest presentation entered by local school children, a family fun walk, interactive exhibits , free hazardous waste product disposals and a tire recycling drop off.
Despite the cool weather our Hey Honey! Organic Honey Lemonade was the drink of the day, hard to pass up a good cup of lemonade no matter what the temperature!
Thank you to all who came out for this local celebration and for all who made it happen….see you next year! Visit our photo page to see more.
Posted in earth day, earth day event, environmental organizations, Events, news, tagged 2010 earth day events, 2010 earth day festivals in the san joaquin valley, central valley events, central valley festivals, earth day, Earth Day events in the central valley, Events, Fresno Earth Day, local events, Madera Earth Day, MJC Earth Day, Modesto Greceada Park Earth Day, Riverbank Beyound Earth Day, Stockton Earth Day, Visalia Earth Day on April 2, 2010 | Leave a Comment »
“Joyful joyful we adore our Earth in all its wonderment
Simple gifts of nature that all join into a paradise
Now we must absolve to protect her
Show her our love through out all time
With our gentle hand and touch
We make our home a newborn world”
Spring has sprung with a burst of Earth Day festivities here in the Central Valley, find the closest to you and learn how to make a difference for your Mother Earth!
Your Earth Day Events:
Stockton April 18th
Modesto Junior College April 14th
Modesto Greceada Park April 17th
Riverbank April 10th
Madera April 23rd
Fresno April 24th
Visalia April 17th
Posted in agriculture, california, central valley, community gardens, environmental organizations, Events, Gardening, Local Farming, Local farms, local foods, local organic, San Joaquin Valley, Uncategorized, tagged central valley, Events, Gardening, Local farms, local foods, Localchoices, Organic Gardening, Riverbank, riverbank community garden, riverbank community garden coalition, San Joaquin Valley on January 16, 2010 | Leave a Comment »
What is a Community Garden?
Any piece of land gardened by a group of people
A few months ago I visited a community garden and met an inspiring woman who is truly in love with dirt, gardening and the well being of her community. This kind preserver of nature is an ER nurse that admitted playing in the dirt was a great stress reliever. I applaud her for taking this passion one step further by following her dreams and bringing her community together to successfully build 4 community gardens in Riverbank, in just one year!
Her name is Dotty Nygard, she is president of the Riverbank Community Garden Coalition. Partnered with the school district, the city and the community this amazing hands on team have created a wonderful opportunity and educational environment for all, their goal and belief ….” creating consciousness for our earth, our community and ourselves”.
As I strolled through the first garden across from California Avenue School, with my camera in tow, Dotty sat with a group of children and read “Our Generous Garden”, a lovely children’s story about gardening. Quietly listening I could feel the profound respect and connection between Dotty, children and the dirt they learned to love and nurture together.
If Riverbank is your community don’t miss out, become a part of this experience and get dirty!
Posted in central valley, Events, health, local events, local foods, merced, Merced County Hunger Task Force, news, Uncategorized, tagged community health, Events, family resources, Food, health programs in merced county, hunger task force of merced, local events, local food, Localchoices, Merced County, organic farmers, organic farms on November 16, 2009 | Leave a Comment »
|Merced Food Faire ’09|
The Merced Hunger Task Force team came together with Merced County Food Bank, a few local Farmers and a great line up of non-profit organizations, offering Merced County a chance to learn about their local community resources. The attendance was good, the weather was perfect and vibe was warm!
The Hunger Task Force is a dedicated group of volunteers, community programs and non-profits that believe in helping improve the quality of life by offering better choices for those in need. I would definitely say they accomplished their mission last week combining educational information and entertainment that put smiles on a lot of faces!
The team is already looking forward to making “Merced Food Faire” an annual that will be the fall event not to miss!