Agricultural Workshops

Learn about organic fruit trees, grassfed beef, cow milking, herbs and flowers, pest control, sheep shearing, small farm equipment and more... Some workshops available in Spanish! You do NOT need to pre-register for these workshops. They are included in your admission!

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2016 Workshop Line- Up:
(2017 schedule to be announced soon!)

12:45 The Straw Bale House Energy efficiency, design, construction, and maintenance. Thomas Nelson, Capay Valley Farm Shop. Straw Bale House

1:00 Full Belly Farm Tour Come walk through the farm’s diverse crops with Paul Muller. Main Info Booth

1:15 Weeds Walk in the Farm and Garden Walk the farm and learn more about weed life cycles. Steve Schoenig, California Dept. of Fish and Game. North Workshop Tent (N)

1:30 Cow Milking: Very Dairy! Meet the udder side of our cow, Pinto Bean. Dru Rivers and Becca von Trapp, Full Belly Farm. Meet at Tipi

1:45 Seed Saving
A practical workshop for saving your own seeds. Harald Hoven, Rudolf Steiner College. Lawn Tent

2:00 Native Pollinator Field Walk
Discover who they are, where they live, and what they are pollinating! Neal Williams, UC Davis. Big Ol’ Barn

Creative in the Kitchen An inspirational conversation and demonstration of seasonal food and culinary art. Cal Peternell, Chez Panisse. Straw Bale House

2:30 Chicken and the Egg
Come learn about how to keep pastured chickens. All ages welcome! Hayley Friel, Full Belly Farm. Big Ol'Barn

2:45 Creating Bird Habitat in Agriculture Learn how to create bird habitat in agriculture with Olivia Smith, Greenhouse

2:45 Heirloom Grain Revival Explore the heritage and revitalization of heirloom grains with David Kaisel, South Workshop Tent

3:00 Full Belly Farm Tour with Andrew Brait and Hallie Ochoa
Two generations of Full Belly Farmers will lead this tour. Learn from the two different perspectives – it’ll be lively! Main Info Booth

3:15 Kids Bug Hunt
Adventure around the farm with your hand bug net catching insects and discovering more about them, Big Ol' Barn

3:30 Grafting Fruit Trees Learn the meticulous and fascinating art of grafting fruit trees with John Valenzuela, Lawn Tent

3:30 Soil Fertility Field Walk
Strategies for building soil and growing fertility! Amigo Bob, Organic Ag Advisors. Greenhouse

3:45 Women in Agriculture Come and discuss how women are continuously paving the path for agriculture! Andrea Davis-Cetina & Emma Torbert, North Workshop Tent

4:00 Introduction to Biodynamics with Compost Making
Hands- on demonstration constructing a compost pile using Biodynamic preparations and techniques. Harald Hoven, Rudolf Steiner College. Past the Greenhouse

4:15 Starting to Farm Discus the in and outs of starting to farm with Adam Davidoff & Ryan Power, South Workshop Tent

4:15 Diversity of California Oak Lead by Heather Nichols at the Big Ol' Barn

4:30 Growing Great Grapes With a little care and attention, this ancient fruit produces prolifically. Get a hands-on lesson in basic pruning, thinning, and care. Steve Matthiasson, Matthiasson Wines. Greenhouse

4:45 What's your Beef Discussion lead by Doug Stonebreaker, Lawn Tent

5:00 Small Farm Equipment Tour with Tim Mueller and Andrew Brait
Pick through the boneyard with a local farmer who can yak away until the cows come home. Lawn Tent

5:15 We’ve got your Goat!
No doubt about it – goats are fun! A live demo of basic goat care and husbandry. Say cheese! Cathy Suematsu, Spreadwing Farm. North Workshop Tent

5:30 Full Belly Farm Tour: A Final Walkabout with Paul Muller and Amigo Bob The last tour! Main Info Booth

Please make sure to check the program at the Hoes Down for descriptions and a more current schedule!

Photographs by Trav Williams, Broken Banjo Photography