Sunday, August 16th 1-3 pm, Free!

For all of you who've been curious about what raising heritage breed chickens, pigs and turkeys looks like, come on down Sunday, August 16th from 1pm-3pm! Promptly at 1pm, Farmer Dede will lead a tour of the farm where you can see the animals, learn about what 'heritage breed' actually means, hear about the benefits of rotational grazing, and get closer to the meat you eat.

This is an event with a real start time, be sure to arrive with enough time to park so that you can join the 1pm tour.  

Feel free to hike and picnic across the street in Butano State Park beforehand. 

We will be selling chickens and other merchandise, so be sure to bring a cooler.

Please bring water bottles, sunblock, warm layers, snacks if you want them and please leave your dogs at home!



Poultry Harvesting Workshops

Ready to take the next step to truly know your food? Come to a chicken processing workshop at Root Down Farm and learn all aspects of raising and humanely slaughtering chickens.  In these workshops, farmers and assistants will lead you through the entire detailed process of humanely harvesting a chicken. You will have the opportunity to participate (or not participate) at any level you feel comfortable, and go home with your own packaged chicken.  Whether you have a few chickens in your urban backyard or are thinking of starting your own poultry farm, these workshops are for you!

When & Where

When: Sunday August 30th and Sunday November 8th (and possibly one special Thanksgiving Turkey workshop!)
Where: 2601 Cloverdale Road, Pescadero, CA 94060
Cost: $100
RSVP: or 650-879-9921.
Maximum 12 participants. 1st come, 1st served. 

What to Expect

Gather for a tour of the farm at 9 am, led by the farm owner, Dede Boies. Dede will then explain and demonstrate the entire process of the various ways to harvest a chicken. Participants will be given the opportunity to observe or participate at any level they are comfortable with under the supervision of farmers and assistants. After the process and clean up, we will gather as a group for lunch and discussion. 

Important Information

BYO lunch, water bottle, sunscreen
No dogs please
Pre-registration is required
BYO cooler to take home a free chicken. Additional chickens will be available for purchase.
Children under 12 are welcome with a non-participating guardian

Please allow time to arrive and park. The tour starts promptly at 9 am.