26 Years of Kickin’ Up Our Heels
Come join us in celebrating on the first weekend of October, twenty-six years of the Hoes Down Harvest Celebration in the Capay Valley (Yolo County). This celebration will promote agricultural arts and sustainable rural living through two fun-filled days of workshops and events. The festival takes place on Saturday October 5th and in-depth seminars take place on Sunday, October 6th. Located within two hours of San Francisco and Sacramento’s busy metropolitan areas, the rural Capay Valley region is home to many small farms that supply Northern California’s families, restaurants, and neighborhood grocery stores with fresh organic produce. The Celebration will offer the public a special chance to enjoy rural life and deepen their understanding and connection to the local food system.
On Saturday, October 5th the Harvest Festival at Full Belly Farm will feature educational farm tours, a magical children’s area, games, live music from the area’s best bluegrass players, local farm products and an abundance of fresh, organic food! Hayrides, pulled by a team of draft horses, will continuously tour the farm. Workshops will be offered on an array of agricultural topics such as organic fruit trees, grassfed beef, cow milking, herbs and flowers, sheep sheering, small farm equipment and more! A craft marketplace will showcase farm-made products and an all-organic farmers’ market boasts the bounty of the season: fresh picked almonds and walnuts, a huge variety of melons, apples and, of course, pumpkins! The children’s area has been described as the “Best in the State” with arts and crafts, storytelling and music, farm animals to visit and lots of games and contests -- all with an agricultural theme. Kids will have a chance to watch a cow being milked, make felt out of wool and grind their own corn. Adults also have a chance to join in games and contests; be sure not to miss the Slow Food Wine Tasting, a Nighttime Story Walk to the river, and Circus Bella - an open-air one-ring circus!
Over 5,000 people from across the state attended our last Harvest Festival, California’s premier sustainable agriculture festival! There is an admission charge: Adults $20 (purchased online) or $25 (at gate) per person, Children 2-12 years $5, Children under 2 enter free. Camping on Saturday night: $25 per car, no reservations needed. Full Belly Farm is located off of State Highway 16, just past Guinda in Capay Valley.
On Sunday, October 6th, a variety of in-depth seminars will be offered on various farms throughout the Capay Valley, highlighting the agricultural diversity of the region. On farm seminars will include backyard beekeeping, pasture raised poultry, modern suburban homesteading, intro to small-scale dairy farming, kid’s camp, a bike ride tour of farms in the valley, and in-depth farm tours. Admission for individual workshops: $5-30. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited so register early!
The Hoes Down Harvest Celebration is a program of the Ecological Farming Association, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. All proceeds from the event will go to benefit sustainable agriculture, local organizations and worthy projects benefiting the environment and rural communities.