The Hog Farm & Friends:
In Open Celebration
September 20-22, 2019
2018 event info below, click here for 2019 info
Relaxed, intimate, family-friendly gathering. This is a small event. Tickets are limited so please purchase in advance. We expect to reach capacity.
Weekend: Friday 9/28 - Sunday 9/30
Youth: $75 (10 and under, 2 and under free)
Saturday Only 9/29: Arrive any time on Saturday, folks are welcome to sleep over (If you want to enjoy Sunday meals and activities, please purchase a weekend ticket!)
Youth: $30 (10 and under, 2 and under free)
This is a "rent party." All proceeds will go towards keeping the Ranch in business and thriving. Additional donations gladly accepted!
ENTERTAINMENT & ACTIVITIES
We will have entertainment on Friday and Saturday and activities throughout the weekend!
Joe Craven & the Sometimers performing GARCIA SONGBOOK
Hog Farm Film Festival
Late Night Campfire Jam w/ Bear Dyken
Clan Dyken performing a special afternoon cocktail hour set
Poor Man's Whiskey (two sets!) One set will be their Paul Simon's Graceland set!
Late Night Campfire Jam w/ Bear Dyken
Mr Yoowho morning kids show!
ACTIVITIES throughout the weekend:
Nightly pre-dinner cocktail hour (Friday & Saturday)
Hayride! Who doesn't love an old fashioned hayride! Hop on the hayride on Saturday midmorning for a tour through the property up to the beginning of the hike. Hop off and hike down with Evan or stay on the hayride for a round trip!
Hike with Evan Engber: Evan is the found of BioEngineering Associates, Inc. and a Hog Farm resident. Evan has spent several decades working on and exploring our land. He will take us on one of his favorite hikes on the Black Oak Ranch starting from the top of the property and making our way back down to the Streeter Creek campground. This is a fairly gentle but steeply downhill walk through varied, uneven terrain. This is the best way to see several of the stunning ecosystems on the land.
Labyrinth walk with Wavy Gravy: Join Wavy on a morning walk through our beautiful Labyrinth. Wavy will share the significance labyrinths and guide us through a unique meditative experience.
Bingo for prizes: One of the traditions of the Hog Farm was a fun game of Bingo for prizes. Join Wavy for this fun tradition!
Hog Farm story core: What have you always wondered about the Hog Farm (where are the pigs?). What amazing tale do you have from back in the day? How about WAY back in the day? What is the history of the ranch property and how did we end up here? What kinds of other parties and events have we had here and what cool things happened during them? We want to tell stories about the Hog Farm that not necessarily everyone would know (within reason, folks) and that recall how we all met, traveled and settled here at BOR. Join us!
Herb walk by the creek: Come and meet the wonderful edible and medicinal plants who surround us with their healing energies. We'll discuss their gifts for healing our bodies.
Kid and adult activities: Want to play Giant Jenga, corn hole, hula hoops. Take a photo in the photo booth if we can get it set up:)? We will have a great activities area set up!
Handmade crafts fair: We will have a wonderful selection of handmade crafts at our crafts fair on Saturday afternoon. Come support your local artists!
Croquet w/ costumes: Join us after brunch on Sunday for a "proper" croquet tournament. All ages welcome! No experience necessary. Don't forget to bring your costumes!
Here's a loose schedule for the weekend! We will try to stick to below, but schedule is subject to change.
2:00pm: Box office opens
4:20pm: Cocktail hour & music by Clan Dyken
6:00pm: Pre-dinner welcome circle
8:00pm-11:00PM: Joe Craven & the Sometimers performing GARCIA SONGBOOK
8:30PM-10:30PM: Hog Farm Film Festival
10:30PM-1:00AM: Campfire jam with Clan Dyken (bring instruments!)
8:00AM-9:30AM: Hot Breakfast
10:00AM: Hayride & Black Oak Ranch Hike with Evan Engber
11:00AM-Noon: Bingo for prizes w/ Wavy
1:00PM-5:00PM: Craft fair
2:00PM-3:30PM: Herb walk with Beth
3:00PM: Hog Farm story core
4:20PM: Piñata party, cocktail hour & music by Fragile Thunder w/ David Gans & Stephen Inglis
6:00PM: Pre-dinner circle
8:00PM-11:00PM: Poor Man’s Whiskey (two sets) performing Paul Simon’s Graceland
11:00PM-1:00AM: Campfire jam with Clan Dyken (bring instruments!)
8:30AM: Roll your own breakfast
9:30AM: Labyrinth walk with Wavy
11:00AM: Mr. Yoowho kids (and adult kids) show!
11:30AM-1:00PM: Family croquet w/ costumes
No DOGS! (or other pets of any kind)
No FIRES (except in our fire pit)! We are in VERY DRY northern California in the summer and fire danger is VERY HIGH. This means NO candles, lanterns, incense and NO personal cooking, BBQs or stoves except in the designated picnic table area at the main kitchen.
WEATHER: While we expect and hope for nice weather, it can rain in late September at the Ranch. We will hold event rain or shine unless we expect heavy rain. If we expect heavy rain, we will postpone the event until next year. In this unlikely event, refunds will be available.
Weekenders: Plan on arriving any time after 4PM on Friday and departing by 2PM on Sunday.
Saturday ONLY: Feel free to come any time on Saturday.
Staying at the Facility:
TIPIS are available on a first come first served basis. Tipis sleep 6-10 comfortably so if you are a smaller group and want to be in a tipi you might be paired up with other folks. Tipis have sleeping mats, but bring warm sleeping bags/bedding!
CAMPSITES - there are many around the facility, so bring a tent and bedding.
RVs are welcome to park in the parking lot outside of the facility (no hookups available). Please let us know if you are planning to bring an RV so we can plan accordingly.
There are hot showers available in our beautiful outdoor shower facility as well as flush toilets. It is dark at night, so make sure to bring a flashlight!
HOTELS/MOTELS: There are a limited number of motels in the town of Laytonville (10 mins from the ranch) and a larger selection in the town of Willits (25 mins from the ranch).
What to bring:
Clothes for cool and warm weather (it can be warm during the day
and get VERY cold at night this time of year, make sure to come prepared!)
WARM sleeping gear if you are camping (it gets cold at night!)
Good shoes for walking
Towel & toiletries
Swim wear (in case it's warm enough to swim)
Rain wear (while we will cancel the event if we expect lots of rain,
we may get light rain that time of year so please come prepared!)
Costumes for croquet or just for fun!
Food & Drinks: We will provide the following meals:
All meals will have plenty of vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options lovingly prepared by our amazing cooks! We have a wonderful organic farm (Irene's Garden) on the Ranch and we will source as much of our ingredients from the farm as we can at that time of year.
There is plenty of drinking water throughout the facility. All meals will have non-alcoholic beverages provided. We will provide a daily cocktail hour (around 5PM Friday & Saturday evenings before dinner) and limited beer & wine during our nighttime activities. Feel free to bring anything else you might want to consume but keep in mind this is a small, family friendly gathering and we aim to maintain a relaxed atmosphere. We ask you to be responsible and respect the vibe of the event!
From the Bay Area: Take Hwy. 101 north 150 miles from the Golden Gate Bridge to Laytonville. Black Oak Ranch is 5 miles north of Laytonville on the west side of the highway. Look for the signs on the left. Note: we are just north of the Kate Wolf Festival entrance.
From the Sacramento Area: Take Hwy. 5 north to Williams, turn on Hwy. 20 West, follow all the way to Hwy. 101 North–go approximately 40 miles north to Laytonville. Black Oak Ranch is 5 miles north of Laytonville. Note: we are just north of the Kate Wolf Festival entrance.
From the North Coast/Oregon: Take Hwy. 101 south. The site is approximately 100 miles south of Eureka, 45 miles south of Garberville. As you get close begin to look at the mile marker signs at the side of the road. Black Oak Ranch is at mile marker 74.54. Signs will be on the west side of the road, as will the entrance. Note: we are just north of the Kate Wolf Festival entrance.
About 3 hours north of San Francisco, 2 hours north of Sebastopol, and 2 hours south of Eureka.