July 9, 2012
Fun for the family: A Sunday drive with a few stops at farms

This looks to have the makings of a fun and educational food and farm-related event for those looking for a pleasant Sunday drive with the kids out to the Sierra foothills.

It's called the Living Lands' Third Annual Farm Tour and Family Fun Festival. The tour is on July 15 (Sunday) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Those attending are encouraged to visit three of the six participating farms, meet the farmers and learn about their operations.

Then, from 1-5 p.m., adults and kids are invited to attend the festival at First Rain Farm in Nevada City. There will be lunch, ice cream, live music and a variety of activities, including butter churning and goat milking.

Here's how a press release explains the mission of Living Lands: "Living Lands Agrarian Network provides training and mentorship to a new generation of farmers and connects the youth in the community to the sources of their food. Our unique model of cooperative, sustainable agriculture integrates education, resource sharing, community partnerships and celebration around the food we grow."

This event is free for members of Living Lands. Tickets for non-members are $30 (adults) and $10 (children) for the tour and festival; $10 (adults) and $5 (children) for the festival only.

The tour begins and ends at First Rain Farm, 19832 Rector Rd., Nevada City. For more information, including directions and registration, visit

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