Prodigal Farm

Contact information
Farm Address:
4720 Bahama Road
Rougemont, North Carolina , 27572

Primary Contact: Kathryn Spann
Primary Phone:
    Number: 9196360807


Internship information
General Farm Description: We're a pasture-based, Animal Welfare Approved farmstead goat dairy, making a variety of aged goat and cow milk cheeses, located in Durham County about 25 minutes north of downtown Durham. We just won 2 more national awards for our cheeses last month! We are milking about 85 does this year. We raise goats for milk and meat, and do a lot of agrotourism on our farm, as well. We sell our cheeses at a couple of area farmers' markets; through a local wholesale delivery route; through fedex/air cargo wholesale; and through a regional distributor. Our farm has three groups with largely separate duties: creamery, "farm side" and, on a temporary basis in the spring, kid care. We look for people joining us to share a passion for the animals and the land, even when they will not be working directly with that part of the farm. We encourage you to check out our Facebook and Instagram to learn more about us (Prodigal Farm).

CRAFT Member Farm? No

Internship Starts: asap
Internship Ends: December 2019, or long-term; potential for advancement. We do have winter work for folks.
Number of Internship Available: 2
Application Deadline: asap
Minimum Length of Stay: December 2019

Internship Details:

TWO INTERNSHIPS! (Yes, we would welcome a couple.)
We’re seeking a full-time (typically 40-45 hours/week) farmhand to handle 3-5 milking shifts/week, plus herd care, setup/takedown of portable electric fencing, mucking, and using the tractor to spread manure and for other tasks. In winter months, we’ll be focusing more on farm maintenance and building tasks. Must have prior farm experience, preferably livestock, and be able to lift at least 50 pounds multiple times a day; must be able to walk 4-5 miles in a day (not every day, but when setting up/taking down a paddock). You’d have some morning shifts and some evening shifts. Morning shifts start at 7 a.m., evening starts at 1 p.m. We teach a lot! We’ve heard folks say that they’ve learned more in 2 weeks working here than 2 years elsewhere. Much of this work is done solo, occasionally overlapping with other folks and some of our awesome volunteers.
We are also looking for an intern or apprentice in our creamery, helping with making cheeses (we make quite a variety of aged cheeses, which have received a lot of recognition), caring for them during aging, packing, and lots of cleaning (we all do lots of cleaning – it’s a big part of the job). It’s just as physical as the outside work – cheese and milk are heavy! Again, we provide lots of training.
We can potentially train you on a mix of duties. But, you’d learn more slowly on each side. If you’re interested and have aptitude for meeting our sales targets, we can also send you to farmers’ markets, again with training.
We provide room & board (in our house, which has 2 bedrooms and a bathroom at one end of the house, while our bed & bath is at the other end of the house) and a stipend of $700/month, or if you have alternate housing, we pay starting at $12/hr plus overtime, potentially more depending on experience.

Educational Opportunities: We have a formal teaching program, both through attending our all-day workshop (on the clock), and hands-on task-by-task, and through written Standard Operating Procedures, and much more.

Skills Desired: see above To apply, please 1. email detailing your interest, 2. provide a resume or the equivalent, 3. provide three work references, and 4. let us know when you are available to start.

Meals: Yes, if you prefer housing/meals/stipend. Or we can just do straight pay.

Stipend: yes, see above

Housing: Yes, if you prefer housing/meals/stipend. Or we can just do straight pay.

Preferred method of Contact: email