Join us on May 18 and 19 at Farm Sanctuary’s Northern California Shelter in Orland for our annual Country Hoe Down, an exciting weekend filled with expert presentations, great vegan food, sanctuary time with our farm animal residents, film screenings, cooking demonstrations, barn dancing, and more!
For decades, Farm Sanctuary’s Hoe Downs have served as fun, educational conferences where guests can come together to learn about the latest farm animal protection and plant-based living issues from a program of expert speakers. This year we are excited about our line-up of special guest speakers.
- Timothy Pachirat, author of Every 12 Seconds: Industrialized Slaughter and the Politics of Sight, who will speak on his experience working undercover in a slaughterhouse
- Linda Long, author of Virgin Vegan: The Meatless Guide to Pleasing Your Palate, who will share tips on how to cook great vegan food and present it in the best way to advocate for animals
- Captain Cindy Machado, Director of Animal Services at Marin Humane, who will speak on farm animal law enforcement
- Chef AJ will round out the program with a lively cooking demonstration featuring tasty vegan foods without added sugar, salt, or oil
In addition, our own Gene Baur, Susie Coston, Tara Oresick, Sophia Rivers, and Nick Cooney will inspire guests with hopeful stories about our movement, this year’s animal rescues, and how to be effective advocates for farm animals based on recent research.
In addition to excellent presentations, the Hoe Down offers plenty of opportunities to interact with farm animals and connect with new friends. Both Saturday and Sunday include sanctuary time, during which guests can hitch a hayride up to our sanctuary and meet the cattle, goats, sheep, chickens, turkeys, pigs, and other animals who call our Northern California Shelter home. Then, following Saturday night’s dinner, guests can join us on the dance floor for our famous barn dance! Guests may greet the day on Sunday by joining us for a yoga session or a guided bird-watching tour before presentations resume.
The ticket price for the California Hoe Down is $75 for adults and $40 for children (ages 3-12) and includes:
- Vegan meals throughout the weekend, including a light lunch on Saturday, Saturday night dinner, and breakfast Sunday morning
- Access to all presentations, workshops, and activities
- Admission into our camping area on the sanctuary grounds
Year after year, attendees hail the Hoe Down as the highlight of their summer. This event is sure to leave guests feeling informed, rejuvenated, and inspired to create a more compassionate world for all! This popular event sells out quickly, so be sure to register today.
Call for Auction Items
Farm Sanctuary is currently seeking contributions for our 2013 Hoe Down silent auction!