Open Farm Day! Sunday, 22 November
We'll be hosting a free, family-friendly "open farm day" on Sunday, November 22, from 1-5 p.m. You can tour the farm and milking parlor, meet the milking goats, play with this year's goat kids, and taste some of their nationally award-winning cheeses. We'll also have goat milk hot chocolate and marshmallows to roast over a fire. And, for the first time, we'll have a blacksmithing demonstration by the Triangle Blacksmith Guild, and a soapmaking demonstration.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall and Winter Class Schedule
We love to share our experiences and our farm,
which is in Rougemont, in northern Durham County, about 25 minutes' drive north of downtown Durham. To register, see class descriptions and payment information 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.)
FINE PRINT: 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.
Event Summaries and Dates
Sunday, October 11, 11:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Get Your Goat! Goat Care Workshop
Wednesday, October 13, 6:00 to 7:45 p.m.: Cheese 101
Sunday, October 18, 6:00 p.m.: Farm Dinner: A Celebration of Southern Heritage Foods
Saturday, October 24, 6:00 p.m.: Farm Dinner: Cuisine and Wines of the Iberian Peninsula
Sunday, October 25, 11:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Get Your Goat! Goat Care Workshop
Thursday, October 29, 6:00 to 7:45 p.m.: Cheese 101
Cheese 101 Classes
We love sharing our passion for and knowledge of cheese with you! In our Cheese 101 classes we take you through 8 cheeses, and 3 wine pairings. There'll be a little bit of milk science, farmer and cheesemaker stories, and a lot of fun. You'll see the milking goats come up for evening milking as we delve into the cheese. We'll taste goat, cow and sheep cheeses from fresh to bloomy to blue, and introduce you to our some of our favorite pairings and wine to complement the cheese. We want to empower you to choose cheeses you'll love, and present them with wit and style. A cheese class makes a great gift, or a fun night out with friends, or come alone and meet other cheese-loving folks. Cheese 101 is recommended for folks age 16 and up, and non-alcoholic beverages are available in substitution of our wines. Each session is limited to 20 people. $45 per person.
Wednesday, October 13, 6:00 to 7:45 p.m.
Thursday, October 29, 6:00 to 7:45 p.m.
Are you looking for a private class? We can customize a beautiful event for your next birthday celebration, department retreat, client outing, bridal shower, team building event, or more. Email email@example.com, and we'll put our heads together.
Goat Husbandry Workshops
Many people express interest in learning more about goat care, something we view as a very important responsibility. We are excited to offer these basic goat care workshops to share our knowledge.
Get Your Goat! is a workshop is for new or aspiring goat owners, and is designed to provide a framework of knowledge and hands-on skills for caring for your goats. We are one of two goat dairies in North Carolina which bear the Animal Welfare Approved third party certification. We have raised hundreds of goats, which have given us a lot of opportunities to gain extensive knowledge of goat care. 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.
Sunday, October 11, 11:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, October 25, 11:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Cost for this workshop is $120 per person, with a discounted rate of $110 per person if you register two or more together. Each workshop is limited to 12 participants; if there is more demand, we will consider scheduling a third workshop.
October 18 Farm Dinner: A Celebration of Southern Heritage Foods. This dinner, with heritage cocktail pairings, explores old-timey ingredients and offers a hat tip to bygone culinary staples. You'll be welcomed with passed hors d'oeuvres and a vintage punch by the dairy, as you watch the milking goats come up for evening milking, and get to see the milking process. You'll then be seated for a beautiful four-course meal in our south pasture, prepared by the inventive and acclaimed chef Roeh Lewit.
Ticketed event, limit 40 attendees. $100 per person
October 24 Farm Dinner: Cuisine and Wines of the Iberian Peninsula. Goat cheeses and meat are natural pairings with the cuisines of Spain and Portugal; the wines from those countries are exceptional and less well-known than those of France, Italy and California. Join us for a tasting tour of traditional flavors and techniques from the rich culinary tradition of the Iberian Peninsula. You'll be welcomed with an array of passed hors d'oeuvres and a glass of cava, as you watch the milking goats come up for evening milking, and get to see the milking process. You'll then be seated for a beautiful four-course meal in our south pasture, prepared by the inventive and acclaimed chef Roeh Lewit. Ticket event, limit 40 attendees.
Ticketed event, limit 40 attendees. $100 per person
Animal Welfare Approved features Prodigal Farm