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Hoes Down October 12, 2008

Posted by Merrilee in Travel.
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Our CSA, Full Belly Farm, hosts an annual fall festival called the Hoes Down (as in “time to put the Hoes Down”). We went two years ago (when I was pregnant) and had a great time, so we decided to go again. This year, with an almost two year old, it was even better.

There are all kind of mini workshops and demonstrations at the Hoes Down, mostly having to do with farming but some having to do with alternative energy (like solar) or about building (like straw bale houses). Although I was quite interested in the demonstrations, I was more interested in just hanging out and interacting with the farm. We did watch the sheep shearing demonstration, which is very impressive.

Sheep shearing demonstration

Sheep shearing demonstration

A highlight of the Hoes Down is a giant hay fort, which evidently grows larger every year. We each spent time climbing on and crawling through it with Karydis (who is clearly a caver). It’s a little creepy to be crawling through the structure when you can hear kids running and jumping above you (and can feel the bales shifting ever so slightly), but it all adds to the fun.

Karydis scales the hay fort

Karydis scales the hay fort

Other highlights included wading in Cache Creek, wandering through a field of head-high grass, petting various farm animals, and listening to live music on two stages. Oh, and did I mention the food? The locally produced food and drink (including lots of organic beer) are a definite high point.

Our friends Paul and Claudine came with their daughter Avril, and we also ran into friends Chris and Amy (with their daughter, Vinca), unexpectedly. I’m already looking forward to next year and hope to drag more of my friends to the farm for a relaxing weekend.

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