Prodigal Farm

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

Primary Contact: Kathryn Spann
Primary Phone:
    Type:
Cell
    Number: 9196360807
    Email: kat@prodigalfarm.com

Website: www.prodigalfarm.com

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 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
Number of Internship Available: 1
Application Deadline: 9/1/19
Minimum Length of Stay: December 2019

Internship Details:

We’re seeking a full-time (typically 40-45 hours/week) farmhand to handle 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. Pay starting at $12/hr plus overtime, potentially more depending on experience. OR we can provide room & board and a stipend, either until you get your own place or through the duration of the season.

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 should ideally live within 15-20 minutes of the farm. 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.


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 more.

Skills Desired: 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 should ideally live within 15-20 minutes of the farm. You'd have some morning shifts and some evening shifts. Morning shifts start at 7 a.m., evening starts at 1p.m. We teach a lot! We’ve heard folks say that they’ve learned more in 2 weeks working here than 2 years elsewhere.

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