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Seventh Annual Heartland Farm Festival

The Ecological Farming Association has shared with us details about the seventh annual Heartland Farm Festival, a celebration of food, farming, & healthy living in the San Joaquin Valley featuring Slow Food hors d’oeuvres and local wine tasting.

When: Saturday, June 17, 2006, from 10:00am until 9:00pm
Where: Riverdance Farms in Livingston (1/2 hour south of Turlock off Hwy 99)
Note: Special Event: Vines of the Valley Slow Food Wine tasting and Hors d’oeuvres, from 5:00pm-6:30pm

Back after a sold out performance last year, the Vines of the Valley will again showcase the best of the valley’s fresh, seasonal produce prepared in Slow Food style by local chef Jeannie Edwardsen. Sign up quickly, because this event is sure to sell out. Slow Foodies are welcome to attend the whole day, or just come to the Slow Food wine reception for a memorable experience for all of your senses.

Saturday events: u-pick organic cherries and blueberries, farming and garden workshops, children’s area, live music, farmers’ market, artist marketplace, renewable energy, and fresh organic food
Farm and garden workshops include: landscaping with native plants, permaculture for home gardeners, non-toxic gopher control, solar energy, artisan cheese tasting, and ice cream making.

Sunday, June 18, 2006, from 8:00am until 2:00pm at Riverdance Farms in Livingston
Camp out Saturday night in an almond orchard and stay for Sunday’s Father’s Day brunch and river rafting on the Merced River! For rafting information, call the East Merced RCD at 559.497.5033.

Festival Prices:
Adults: $10 preregistered, $15 at door;
Children: $5 or 3 for $10; children under 2 are free
Slow Food wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres: $15 (sold out last year – sign up early!)
Saturday camping: $10 per car
Affordable food available onsite

Volunteers get in free! Call for information! Great for kids, families, farmers, and schools!
Directions: The festival is located about 1 hour from Fresno, and 1.5 hours from the Bay Area. Riverdance Farms is located at 12230 Livingston-Cressey Rd. Map and directions available at the Festival web site.

For more information, please see the Eco-Farm web site (link above), contact them by phone at 831.763.2111, or email info [at] eco-farm [dot] org.

Leave dogs and alcohol at home.

The Festival is sponsored by: Riverdance Farms, Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op, Tower Garden Supply and Grandma’s All Natural Nursery, Organic Valley Family of Farms, Horizon Organic / White Wave, T & D Willey Farms, Royal Blue Organics / Cafe Mam, Sierra Heights Marketing Co., United Natural Foods Inc., Lone Willow Ranch, NCGA-Pacific Chapter, Stonyfield Farm, Seeds of Change, California Cloverleaf Farms /Vista Livestock Company, California Certified Organic Farmers, East Merced RCD, Modesto Milling, Foster Farms, Offline Independent Energy Systems, Wildwood Natural Foods, West Marine, Valley Harvest Nut Company, Acres U. S. A.