SXSW for animal-lovers: that’s basically Hoedown in a nutshell. Except the headliners here are the influencers of the animal protection movement and the only crowd you’ll encounter is a flock of rescued sheep competing for your affection. Over one weekend every August, hundreds of advocates, academics, environmentalists, and entrepreneurs gather at our New York sanctuary.
Sit in on thought-provoking talks during the day—including by our very own Gene Baur and Susie Coston—commune with rescued farm animals, and share a glass of local wine in the evening—as the sun sets over the sanctuary. Music and dancing round out the day amid the rolling hills of the Finger Lakes.
And in the morning: enjoy hot coffee and vegan breakfast (in fact, you’ll enjoy catered vegan meals all weekend – included in your ticket price!).
Hoedown is where like-minded thinkers, long-time activists, and the veg-curious gather to share ideas, inspiration, and of course, great vegan food.
Full event schedule is below. Hoedown sells out quickly, so register today!
Gene Baur is co‑founder and president of Farm Sanctuary and has been hailed as “the conscience of the food movement” by TIME magazine. He was a pioneer in undercover investigations and instrumental in passing the first U.S. laws to ban inhumane factory farming practices. Beginning in 1986, he has traveled extensively, campaigning to raise awareness about the abuses of animal agriculture and our cheap food system. He has written two national bestselling books. Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds about Animals and Food was published by Simon & Schuster in 2008 and listed as one of Booklist‘s top 10 Sci-Tech books, and Living the Farm Sanctuary Life: The Ultimate Guide to Eating Mindfully, Living Longer, and Feeling Better Every Day was published by Rodale in 2015 and named the VegNews book of the year. Gene has a master’s degree in agricultural economics from Cornell University and is a faculty member at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He’s been vegan since 1985 and recently started competing in marathons and triathlons, including an Ironman, to demonstrate the benefits of plant-based eating.
Susie Coston joined the Farm Sanctuary staff in 2000, after spending six years working with a veterinarian and at a sanctuary in West Virginia. With more than two decades of experience working with farm animals, she is a leading authority on both their care and behavior, and she calls on both her expertise and her deep connections with these animals (she’s often referred to as “the farm animal whisperer”) to advocate for compassion for farm animals everywhere. As National Shelter Director, she oversees a team of caregivers who provide individualized care to hundreds of rescued farm animals across Farm Sanctuary’s shelter locations; she also acts as a mentor to many peers who have started their own sanctuaries and leads Farm Sanctuary’s annual Farm Animal Care Conference. She can often be found sharing the stories of her rescued farm animal friends both at speaking engagements and online.
Kathryn (Katie) Gillespie, Ph.D.
Kathryn (Katie) Gillespie, Ph.D. is a writer, editor, and educator based in Seattle. Her research and writing focus on the violence animals experience in spaces of human use, and on alternative ways of living with and caring for other animals. She is the author of The Cow with Ear Tag #1389, a book about the lives of cows in the US dairy industry. Her next book is on witnessing human-animal relations in our everyday lives. She received her Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Washington and she currently lives in Seattle with her partner, three (former laboratory) beagles, and two cats. She has regularly volunteered with Pigs Peace Sanctuary, Food Empowerment Project, and Freedom Education Project Puget Sound.
Jennifer Ayla Jay, Ph.D.
Jennifer Ayla Jay, Ph.D. has been a Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at UCLA for the last seventeen years. Her research addresses coastal water quality, heavy metal contamination in soils, and antibiotic resistance in the environment. She also studies the potential for environmental education at the university and K-12 levels to encourage healthier and more sustainable food choices. She teaches classes on the behavior of pollutants in the environment and the connections between food systems and the environment. She has won numerous awards for both her teaching and research. Jennifer directs the Center for Environmental Research and Community Engagement (CERCE), a UCLA Center that addresses community-based environmental research questions in under-served communities in Los Angeles. Jennifer also leads Meals for the Planet (meals4planet.org, @meals4planet), a non-profit organization that provides information on sustainable food choices and the carbon footprint of recipes.
Dominick Thompson is a leader in the vegan community and founder of Crazies and Weirdos®, a successful New York based start-up company that produces hip, sustainable clothing made in New York from recycled and organic materials. He is also the founder of Eat What Elephants Eat, an innovative food and nutrition company, dedicated to making plant-based food and nutrition accessible and affordable for everyone worldwide. Prior to his current role as a social entrepreneur and activist, he was a healthcare executive responsible for the business development and management of critical relationships with hospital systems and other provider types responsible for delivering services to both small and large communities throughout the eastern region of the United States. Despite this rigorous schedule, at the core, he is still an activist as well as an athlete. Not just any athlete, but a multisport athlete whose weekly training schedule includes cycling, swimming, running, calisthenics, boxing, cross-fit, cross-training, weight and power-lifting. He also competes year round in 10-12 endurance races per year, including marathons, triathlons, and ultra-races. Because of this and his assertive activism, Dominick has received global recognition and has been featured in NPR News, ABC News, Men’s Health Magazine, Men’s Muscle and Fitness Magazine, Esquire, Veg News Magazine, bodybuilding.com, PETA and more. His social media platform is strong and continues to grow while producing some of the most inspiring, impactful content to over 190,000 followers.
Nil Zacharias is the founder of Eat For The Planet (eftp.co), a hub for various impact-oriented projects focused on the intersection of food, the environment and human health. He is also co-founder of the health and wellness service MostlyPlants (mostlyplants.com), co-author of the book “Eat For The Planet: Saving the world one bite at a time,” and is a sought-after international speaker on the topic of sustainability and the future of food. Nil was previously co-founder and editor-in-chief of One Green Planet and prior to that, he worked for over a decade in the digital media and online advertising space as a lawyer, management consultant, and in various operational roles. Nil lives in Los Angeles, California.
Carol J. Adams
Carol J. Adams is the author of The Sexual Politics of Meat now in a 25th anniversary edition, Burger, in Bloomsbury’s Object Lessons Series, co-author with Virginia Messina of Protest Kitchen: Fight Injustice, Save the Planet, and Fuel Your Resistance One Meal at a Time and many other books. She has edited several important anthologies on ecofeminism, feminism, and animals. Her articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Ms. Magazine, The Christian Century, Tikkun, and Truthdig, among others. She has been an activist against domestic violence, racism, and homelessness, and for reproductive justice and fair housing practices. Her writings are the subject of two anthologies, Defiant Daughters: 21 Women of Art, Activism, Animals, and The Sexual Politics of Meat and The Art of the Animal: 14 Women Artists Explore The Sexual Politics of Meat, in which a new generation of feminists, artists, and activists respond to Adams's work. www.caroljadams.com Photo credit: Benjamin Buchanan
Kamekə Brown, Emcee
Kamekə Brown started with Farm Sanctuary in 2015 as a shelter intern. After working with AmeriCorps, state and national parks, and other nonprofit organizations, she was looking for a meaningful service opportunity that would benefit farm animals. Her experience interning with Farm Sanctuary taught her of the importance of sanctuary and the power of multi-species community. She then joined the Farm Sanctuary staff as a Volunteer Program Coordinator prior to her current role as Southern California Humane Educator. Kamekə received her master’s degree in social change and now lives in Los Angeles with her canine partners, Chaz and Kaia.
Saturday, August 10, 2019
9 – 10 a.m.
Registration and Coffee
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
12 – 1 p.m.
1 – 3 p.m.
3 – 6 p.m.
6 – 7 p.m.
7 – 8 p.m.
8:30 – 11:30 p.m.
Contra Dance and DJ Dance
Sunday, August 11, 2019
8 – 9 a.m.
9 – 11:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
New York Hoedown guests are invited to spend the night under the stars at Farm Sanctuary! Camping with other guests is a great way to make friends and connect with like-minded people.
Event sponsorship allows Farm Sanctuary to continue hosting events that educate and inspire guests to advocate for farm animals. With your support, we truly can create a more compassionate world.
$350 • Supporter
One reservation to attend the event and on-site sponsor recognition
$1,000 • Advocate
Two reservations to attend the event and on-site sponsor recognition
$5,000 • Major Sponsor
Five reservations to attend the event and on-site sponsor recognition
$10,000 • Hoedown Host
Ten reservations to attend the event, on-site sponsor recognition, and podium announcement recognition
We hope you’ll consider supporting Farm Sanctuary by becoming a sponsor for this event. To reserve your sponsorship, please visit the registration page.