Kathryn Spann with baby goats
Dave Krabbe with goat

 
We create handcrafted farmstead cheeses, breads, produce and farm-crafted specialty items on our 97-acre farm in rural Rougemont, North Carolina. Our family farm is centered around our pastured Animal Welfare Approved goat herd.

We look forward to sharing our experience of Prodigal Farm, whether tasting our farm-fresh cheese and produce, appreciating Durham's rich farming heritage or joining us in supporting the local farm community.


The word "prodigal" signifies both abundance and a return home, which capture the spirit of our experience on our farm.

prod•i•gal
adjective
1: characterized by profuse or wasteful expenditure: lavish (a prodigal feast) (prodigal outlays for her clothes)
2: recklessly spendthrift (the prodigal prince)
3: yielding abundantly: luxuriant—often used with of (nature has been so prodigal of her bounty – H.T. Buckle)

prodigal son
Bible
a wastrel son who was welcomed back warmly on his homecoming in repentance: Luke 15:11-32

—courtesy of Merriam-Webster Dictionary

We are Dave Krabbe and Kathryn Spann, and Prodigal Farm is our labor of love. Kathryn's mother's family, the Hamptons, farmed tobacco for generations in this small area. Kathryn moved to wicked New York City, where she practiced law for many years. There, she met Dave standing in line to see a musician from Nashville. Soon, we decided to return to Kathryn's roots and Dave's long-time dream of farming. We purchased a farm in Rougemont, in rural northern Durham County. The farm is bounded by Hampton Road—we have truly come home.

Our farm, with its 120-year-old farmhouse, huge old oak trees, and original log tobacco barns, mule barn, corn crib, smokehouse and other outbuildings, is a constant reminder of history. When we moved in, the longtime tobacco fields and even the barns were overgrown and had long been out of service. The old mule harnesses and tack hung in the barns; the wooden wagons sat under sheds. Time held its breath here.

We started with a few goats to help us clear away the poison ivy, brambles and other vines. Miraculously, the goats turned the overgrowth into milk, and Kathryn turned the milk into cheese—and it was good! We needed more goats. Then we needed a dairy.

Now we need you, to share the fruits of our farm.


North Durham map
W.B. Hampton (William Beams Hampton, 14 Feb 1848 – 23 Jul 1926) was Mom's grandfather; our farm is where the name ZT Hampton appears. View a larger image of the map or visit North Carolina Maps for additional information.

North Carolina tobacco barn
Old tobacco barn

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4720 Bahama Road
Rougemont, NC 27572
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