Prodigal Farm: Where goats are livin' the dream | Editor | Indy Week
INDY Week editor Lisa Sorg's blog

Archives | RSS

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Prodigal Farm: Where goats are livin' the dream

Posted by on Sun, Mar 9, 2014 at 1:00 PM


The previous day's ice storm had zapped the power at Prodigal Farm in Rougemont, but the goats didn't care. There was hay to munch, visitors to greet and hoof-trimming and vaccinations to be endured.

Evelyn, her belly bulbous and heavy in the morning, delivered triplets by mid-afternoon: two boys and a girl. The father, Excalibur, aka, Chubby Cheeks, was in another pasture and did not learn of his progeny. This newborn, just an hour old, was already romping around.

Kathryn Spann and Dave Krabb started Prodigal Farm in 2007. Environmentally sustainable and Animal Welfare Approved, the farm produces goat cheese—some of the most delicious you'll taste—and meat (I'm a veg, but others vouch for it). Despite the lack of electricity, 10 people drove out to the boonies—dodging downed tree limbs and nervously eyeing sagging power lines, to attend a goat-raising workshop.



I have no intention of raising goats; it's illegal within the Durham City Limits. I came to the workshop to report for a future story in the INDY's food section, and because I love goats. They're like dogs with horns and hooves. But lest you run to the nearest farm and purchase some goats, they are not an impulse buy. The are a lot—and I underscore a lot—of work.
click to enlarge field.jpg

The goats here roam free in the pasture, and in inclement weather, hang out either in sheds, such as the one Evelyn kidded in, or in a flotilla of school buses that have had the seats removed.

  • All photos by Lisa Sorg

"Some go in the buses at night," Spann told the workshop attendees. "But others like to sleep under the stars."

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Pin It

Comments (3)

Showing 1-3 of 3

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-3 of 3

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in Editor

Twitter Activity


ProudlyUnaffiliated.....Well You sure wrote a fkn mouthful about shit unrelated to this story and added your political twist and felt …

by Tony D on Why did Craig Hicks kill three Muslim students? Because he lost his humanity. (Editor)

Chris, I used a zoom lens!

by Lisa Sorg on Durham is a city of things unnoticed: Such an odd find at the Jack Tar Motel (Editor)

Most Read

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…

© 2016 Indy Week • 201 W. Main St., Suite 101, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation