The Hoes Down Celebration Continues...

Sunday, October 8th

Please note: The Main Festival and Activities occur on Saturday

Sunday Seminars
Engage in hands-on activities and workshops on different farms in the Capay Valley Region. These exciting workshops will give you in-depth access to a variety of topics, from flowers to pasture raised eggs.
You must pre-register for these workshops.

2017 Sunday Seminars


Spotting Birds and Bugs on the Farm
8:00 am – 10:30 am
Full Belly Farm – Meet at Information Booth
$15 – Includes Light Refreshments

Get up with the birds on Sunday and be guided on a journey where you will identify the incredibly diverse array of birds and bugs on Full Belly Farm, and in the Capay Valley. Come to this interactive workshop where you will learn about the costs and benefits of these species, and how to create a native habitat to bring these creatures to your own backyard!
Binoculars are not provided.

Bus Tour for Beginning Farmers
9 am – 1:00 pm
Begins and Ends at Full Belly Farm
$50 – Includes Lunch

Visit three incredible farms in the Capay Valley, each in different stages – just starting out, some years of farming, and decades of experience gathered. Glean knowledge and inspiration while touring these different operations. A delicious organic lunch is included, during which there will be an opportunity to learn about local farms with Elvira DiBrigit, author of the book Why We Farm.

Full Belly Kid's Camp
9 am – 1:30 pm
Full Belly Farm – Meet at Information Booth
$40 – Includes lunch.

Children ages 4-12 will have the opportunity to help with farm chores and experience the farm animals up close! Guided by farming experts, this is a great way for the youngsters in your life to get to know Full Belly Farm a little bit better!
New this year: Our camp will be split into two groups to facilitate more age appropriate activities. Please sign your camper up for the appropriate age group!
Please note: If your participating child has any dietary restrictions, please contact to let us know. Thank you!

Bike Tour of Local Farms
9 am – 1 pm
Full Belly Farm – Meet at Information Booth
$25 – Includes Lunch

Come on this relaxed bicycle tour of some of the smaller farms in Northern California, led by talented farmers and adventurers. The fun (and relatively flat!) trip is about 10 miles and will take you to some of the thriving farms of our small valley. Bikes and helmets are not provided, so please be sure to bring your own! A delicious organic lunch will be provided.

Cache Creek Canyon Hike
9 am – 12:00 pm
Meet at Rumsey Town Hall

Discover the flora and fauna of the region on this guided hike on a favorite local hiking spot; The Valley Vista Trail. The hike will be 3 miles and is considered moderate. This hike will be guided by Yolo County hiking experts. Bring your own lunch and water.

Farm Fresh Floral Design
10:30 – 12:30 pm
Full Belly Farm
$25 – Includes Materials and light refreshments

Join Full Belly farmer-florist Hannah Muller and learn the in’s-and-out’s of on-farm floral design. During your time with Hannah, you will explore the farm, harvest flowers and foliage, and create a beautiful arrangement to bring home. Take the techniques you learn back to your own garden or community and continue to create beautiful bouquets and arrangements! Materials included.

"Field to Fork" Baking with Local Grains
11 am – 1:00 pm
Rumsey Town Hall

Heirloom and local grains are taking the baking world by storm! Learn about different grain varieties, as well as harvesting and processing methods. Glean cooking tips and learn how to taste the difference between types of milled flour. This workshop will be lead by local grain expert David Kaisel.
Light refreshments included.

Raising Animals on Grass
11 am – 12:30 pm
Pasture 42

Spend the morning at a multi-species farm exploring a diverse pasture-raised animal operation and see the benefits to running multiple species in one grazing system. This small farm is home to dairy and beef cows, sheep, poultry, and hogs – and they are excited to answer your questions and show you their successes! Sample farm-grown products after the tour!

Full Belly Farm Tour
11 am – 12:30 pm
Full Belly Farm – Meet at Information Booth

Full Belly Farm is the 450- acre organic farm – and the location of the Hoes Down! Farming sustainably since 1984, Full Belly Farmers have lots of knowledge to share! This walking tour will be a great opportunity to ask questions, learn, and see how a successful organic farm is run.

Brick Oven Making and Baking
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Full Belly Farm – Event Center
$25 – Includes Light Refreshments

Have you ever wanted to make your very own brick oven? Do you want to perfect the skills of cooking in a brick oven? Come learn from a local chef who has mastered brick oven baking. This workshop will include instructions on how you can design and construct your own brick oven as well as a hands-on cooking class.

Open Farm Day!


Sunday Morning

Family Yoga

Start your morning off right with Family Yoga down by the creek.
Sunday October 8th, 7:00am with Jesse and Gorby of Full Belly Farm

Circle Singing
Open up hearts and playfulness with our morning Full Belly Breath Circle Singing in the Wellness Tent.
Sunday October 8th, 8:00am with Viatonia Hafter

Sunday Breakfast
Sunday, Oct. 8th, 8:00 am – 10:00 am.
Hot Breakfast and Cold Breakfast will be available.
Breakfast is a first come, first served affair. The line can be long for hot breakfast- there will be a speedy “Continental Breakfast” for those who’s stomachs just can’t wait!

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Full Belly becomes a farm again on Monday morning – stick around after breakfast to help with the clean up and watch the transformation from festival to farm!

Photographs by Trav Williams, Broken Banjo Photography