Full Belly Farm, Guinda
First weekend in October
Adults $20, half-price for bicyclists
Children (age 2-12) $5
Camping on Sat. night $20/car
(800) 791-2110

The Hoes Down is an annual fall harvest festival coordinated by Full Belly Farm in Guinda. Because Full Belly is an organic farming operation run by what students like to call old hippies (ex-Davisites), it is "dedicated to honoring and promoting the knowledge of agricultural arts and sustainable rural living through inspiration and education." The event is very kid-friendly and could be said to be what the Whole Earth Festival should be or possibly once was. Activities include hay rides, blacksmithing workshops, wine tasting, natural and homemade foods, ag workshops, a farmer/craft market, entertainment and farm tours. Full Belly is also a working farm yet opens its space to the community during this fundraising event for local and statewide organizations working on projects which benefit sustainable agriculture and rural communities. To get to Full Belly Farm, simply take Hwy 16 from the westmost corner of Woodland through the Capay Valley and on into Guinda — Full Belly is easy to spot on your right from the single lane country road.

Bicycle to the Hoes Down! Cyclists may contact scvajda@yahoo.com at (510) 302-8119 to join a Davis contingent that will ride from the Davis Train Station. See the bike route map provided below. It's 44-miles from Davis, and be prepared for heavy traffic and limited shoulder width on Highway 16. The route on this map avoids the highway as much as possible (without cutting across private property on dirt roads west of Capay):

One-page map with turn list
On Google Maps

2011 Schedule

Saturday and Sunday, October 1 and 2, 2011.

Main Stage at the Hoes Down 11am - Midnight

11:00am – Oak Grove: A Family Bluegrass Band 12:00 – Native American Dance Performance 12:30 – Jimbo Trout and the Fish People 2:00 – The Nickel Slots 4:00 – Contra Dance! Driving with Fergus with Erik Hoffman 8:00 – Mad Cow String Band 10:00pm – Sambada

Creek Stage (NEW THIS YEAR!)

1:30 - 3:30 – Contra Dancing at the Creek

Join us for the circus, cow milking, the best organic food and drink, and a great celebration.

2010 Schedule

Saturday & Sunday, October 2 - 3, 2010

Schedule to come.

2009 Schedule

Saturday, 2009-10-03

Main Stage at the Hoes Down 11am - 11pm 11:00 am The Green String Farm Band 12:30 - 1:30 pm !Akimbo 1:30 - 2:00 pm Elem Pomo Dancers 2:00 - 3:30 pm Big B and his Snakeoil Saviors 3:30- 4:00 pm Trick Roper, James Barrera 4:00 - 6:00 pm Contra Dance with music by Driving with Fergus with Erik Hoffman Calling 6:30 pm Rhythms of Farming: Wisdom of the Last Farmer Mas Masumoto will read from his new book and perform with Japanese taiko drumming 7:00- 8:30 pm Los Buchones de Culiacan 9:00 pm Izabella 11:00 pm - 12:30 am MIndX Logo

Sunday, 2009-10-04

See http://www.hoesdown.org/2009HD_lineup.html

2008 Schedule

Saturday, 2008-10-04

The 21st annual Hoes Down Harvest Festival at Full Belly Farm offered educational farm tours, a magical children’s area, hands-on workshops, farm products and an abundance of organic food, live music and good times.

Check out 2008 Hoes Down Lineup for the full schedule of activities

2007 Schedule

Saturday, 2007-10-06 Events

MUSIC at the Main Stage

  • 11:00 a.m. The Frey's
  • 12:45 p.m. Bottom Dwellers
  • 2:45 p.m. Clarence and the Blues
  • 4:45 p.m. Contra Dance
  • 7:15 p.m. Los Amigos del Valle
  • 9:00 p.m. Mind X

Family Stage

  • 12:00 p.m. Linda Book - MC for the day
  • 12:45 p.m. Temba
  • 1:30 p.m. Izzi Tooinski
  • 2:15 p.m. Utah Phillips
  • 3:15 p.m. Waldorf Strings - Violin with the kids
  • 4:15 p.m. Marylou Lindville - Puppet show
  • 5:15 p.m. Linda Book
  • 6:00 p.m. Izzie
  • 6:45 p.m. Hipwaders
  • 7:45 p.m. Journey into the Fiery Night - A story walk through the farm
  • 8:15 p.m. Drumming
  • 9:00 p.m. Los Amigos del Valle

Free Saturday Workshops

  • Olives & Oil - The art and science of growing and pressing
  • Truly Happy Chickens & Eggs- Free range for aging
  • Mushroom Gardening- A hands on inoculation
  • Agriculture by land & sea- Watershed stewardship
  • “Spinning your wheels” – Starting to farm from the ground up
  • Native Plants/Invasive Plants- Identification process
  • Who are our native pollinators?- A walk and talk
  • Finally…Truly organic Strawberries!
  • Cooking with kids – AHA… How to get your kids begging for vegetables
  • Cow Milking: The Udder Side!
  • Plant nutrients, insects and disease: it’s a jungle out there!
  • Tule Mat Weaving for Kids
  • The Straw Bale House
  • Blacksmithing
  • Introduction to Biodynamic and Compost Making
  • What’s your Beef? Organic Meat and Livestock
  • The Real Dirt: Soil Fertility and Organic Nutrients

Sunday, 2007-10-07 Workshops

  • Cache Creek Wildlife Rafting Trip
  • Chicken and the Egg
  • Full Belly Farm Kid’s Day Camp
  • Full Belly Farm Tour
  • Get the Lead Out! Biodiesel Fuel
  • Hedgerows and Birds
  • Olive Oil: Small-Scale Production
  • Sheep Raising in the Capay Valley