Fall 2016 Open Farm Day Calendar!

Farm Day

Our open farm days are family friendly and free (except for our participation in the Eastern Piedmont Fall Farm Tour in September, which is a benefit for the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association and has a modest entry charge which covers all the farms on the tour). All of them run from 1–5 p.m. You can tour our 95-acre farm and milking parlor, play with the baby goats, meet the milkers, taste our nationally award-winning cheeses, and we frequently have demonstrations such as blacksmithing and soapmaking (check our Facebook page for more details). All are on Sundays:

  • September 17 & 18—We're on the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association fall farm tour, which is a benefit for CFSA. Buy one button for $30, and it's good for your whole car or van at all the farms on the tour, both days! In addition to our adorable baby goats and award-winning cheese, we'll have some delicious food for sale (goat cheese & squash mac'n'cheese! baguette sandwiches with goat pate!), and soapmaking demonstrations from Red Mountain Goodness soaps. And on Sunday the 18th, blacksmith Randy Stoltz will be doing blacksmithing demonstrations all afternoon. Come on out, make a picnic of it, and enjoy the tour! Visit the CFSA website to learn more about the tour and where to purchase buttons.
  • October 16, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. (free)
  • November 20, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. (free; the Sunday before Thanksgiving)
The farm is located at 4720 Bahama Road, Rougemont. GPS and googlemaps are inaccurate—the farm is on the right, a few driveways past the Hampton Road crossing. We'll mark it with balloons. No dogs, please, and wear clothes that can get dirty. Please carpool as much as possible. Questions? please email kat@prodigalfarm.com.

Goat Care Workshop – October 23

Many people express interest in learning more about goat care, something we view as a very important responsibility. We are excited to offer these workshops to share our extensive knowledge, gained from raising more than 1,000 goats over the years.

These day-long workshops are designed to provide a framework of knowledge and hands-on skills for caring for your goats or those you dream of getting. We are the only commercial goat dairy in North Carolina with the Animal Welfare Approved third party certification. Topics we'll cover:

  • assessing your goatkeeping goals
  • preparing for your goat: shelter, fencing, considering other animals
  • finding and selecting your goats
  • pasture walk
  • essential and handy equipment and where to find it or how to make it
  • forage, hay, feed, nutritional requirements and supplements
  • vaccinations, parasite control, and discussion of common health issues
  • how to given an injection
  • handy tools and treatments to have on hand
  • hoof trimming
  • assessing body condition, health and illness
  • finding a good veterinarian and when to consult
  • fundamentals of breeding and kidding
We are entirely pasture-based. If it's pouring rain that day, we'll plan a rain date. If it is just sprinkling, the show will go on. Bring a lunch—it's a long day! We'll have detailed handouts for you to take home, but also bring a notebook. And, of course, wear clothes and shoes that can get dirty.

Comments from past workshop attendees:

    "I have dreamed of goats the last two nights! I really enjoyed both instructors whom taught the class, they complimented each with their knowledge and experience. All of the information provided was very valuable and will be incredibly useful!"

    "For a first generation beginning young farmer, workshops like these are exceedingly beneficial. It not only provides expertise, hands on experience, and instruction but great like-minded discussions among the attendees."

Our farm is in Rougemont, in northern Durham County, about 25 minutes' drive north of downtown Durham. To register, use the Paypal buttons below. We accept payment by credit card via Paypal; though there is no tax, there is a small Paypal fee included. (You can use Paypal to purchase tickets even if you do not have a Paypal account.) The workshop cost is $120 per person, discounted to $110 per person if 2 or more register.

Spots are non-reimbursable if you cancel; I'm sorry but we cannot give refunds. However, if you provide at least 72 hours' notice, we can provide a credit toward another class. If we are able to fill your spot, we'll provide a refund, but can't promise that we'll be able to do that.

Dates available:

Sunday, October 23, 2016, 11:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Number of attendees

Animal Welfare Approved features Prodigal Farm

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Courage Cocktail

Courage Cocktail Radio Show, 16 Jan 2013

Courage Cocktail's Lee Anne McClymont interviews Kathryn about goats, beer, and cheese making for "Artisanal: The New America." Click to listen ...

Aw, Shucks ...
Our friend, Kathleen, at The Bloomy Rind in Nashville recently passed along some very kind words from one of their customers:

"Can a person actually die from eating one pear and one tiny sliver (OK, a wedge) of blue? On one Artisan Cracker? Unbroken? It was a close-run thing, lemme tell ya.

Do you have any more of that blue (Prodigal, I think)? If so, could I have a pound? Or, whatever you've got under that? Or a crumb, if some fell on the floor? Or ... if you are ordering some, I'm in. Or, maybe we could got wherever they make it and pick it up. They'd have it ready by the time we got there, eh? Thanks in advance for your gracious help in saving me from a life without this cheese, Jesse"

We are positively blushing and are enormousely pleased to meet folks who share our passion for cheese ... thank you Kathleen and Jesse!

Putting the tastes of New Orleans on your plate

News and Observer

News and Observer, 27 April 2012

The News and Observer's Greg Cox reviews Battistella's calling them "the best Cajun/Creole restaurant the Triangle has ever seen." We are pround to say they use our cheese in their famous and fabulous goat cheese grits! Continue reading ...

Say "cheese"

The Herald Sun

The Herald Sun, 7 January 2012

"The Durham County Library came alive with cheese, and cheesemakers, on Sunday. Three cheesemakers and the owner of a downtown cheese shop answered questions about the art of making cheese and entertained more than 120 people who showed up for a panel discussion that was part of the library's Humanities Programs for 2012." Continue reading ...

Blessed Are the Cheesemakers

The Independent

The Independent, 4 January 2012

"'We will talk about the history of the cheesemakers, about the cheesemaking process and, in general, about cheesemaking in the South, because it's a relatively new thing,' Coleff says. Unlike in many Northern and Midwestern states, the trade of cheesemaking didn't take off in this region's warm climate until after refrigeration became popular. Now, says Coleff, there's a 'surge of new Southern cheeses out there.' Last year marked the launch of the Southern Artisan Cheese Festival in Nashville, Tenn." Continue reading ...

Markets show farm revival

Charlotte Observer

Charlotte Observer, 18 December 2011

"It's not for sure yet, but it's pretty close—come April, southern Durham will have a farmers market to call its own. 'Bring it on!' said Woodcroft homeowner Ann Deupree. 'We're excited, the farmers are excited, the consumers are excited,' said Michael Lanier, an Orange County Extension agent helping organize the market. 'There's a lot of potential to expand in Durham County.'" Continue reading ...

Prodigal Farm making a name in cheese

Herald Sun

The Herald Sun, 12 November 2011

"Farm owner and cheese maker Kathryn Spann shielded her eyes from the bright morning sun as she watched 48 goats tromp out to pasture after their first milking of the day at Prodigal Farm." Continue reading ...

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