Bull City Farm's Adult Farm Camps
Most classes located on the farm
for anyone 12yrs and up
Cheesemaking is at Bull City Farm, Goat Care is at Prodigal Farm
Cheesemaking and Goat Care Workshop
We're joining forces with our neighbors at Prodigal Farm (also in Northern Durham County) to offer two days of workshops designed to complement each other: one daylong, hands-on goat care workshop, and another daylong, hands-on, cheesemaking workshop, for a perfect weekend of fun learning. Both of our farms have the Animal Welfare Approved certification, which is the strictest humane farming certification. In the spirit of this collaborative weekend, we’re also offering a 4-course farm dinner Saturday evening at Prodigal Farm, served family style, for an additional charge of $40 per person. It’s a chance to pick Sam & Kat’s brains some more and share your own stories with your classmates. We’ll feature farm products from both farms and invite you to BYOB (menu below) All about the Cheesemaking Workshop on Bull City Farm: Your day on our farm will be all about cheeses. No matter what your cheese making dreams are we'll get your started by covering the basics and providing a framework for further experimentation. Taught by Bull City Farm’s own Samantha Gasson you will share in her 20 years of home and production cheese making successes and failures. We’ll start with a basic overview including milk quality, bacterial cultures, coagulants and techniques designed to get you started on your own cheese making journey. A light lunch will be provided including a salad, bread, cheese and a sampling of our pastured meats. Bring your favorite cheese or wine to share! We will tour the farm as the cheese making process allows so please bring shoes you don't mind getting dirty. No goats (you'll get all the goat time you need at Prodigal Farm) but plenty of sheep, cows and chickens. All about the Goat Care Workshop on Prodigal Farm: Kathryn Spann, of Prodigal Farm, has been teaching these small-group intensive, hands-on workshops for eight years. She’s gained extensive knowledge, raising nearly 1500 goats over the years for dairy, meat, and agritourism. This workshop is the perfect way for the small, new and/or aspiring goat owner to gain the skills to take good and cost-effective care of their animals. We’ll start by discussing your goat keeping goals, and your available land and resources; finding and selecting goats; forage, hay, feed and nutrition; shelter, fencing, and considering other animals; vaccinations, parasite control, common health issues, and handy tools and supplies; how to give injections; how to trim hooves; parasite assessment skills; fundamentals of breeding & kidding; and how to find/when to consult a good veterinarian. The workshop is a mixture of “classroom” and hands-on “field work”. The workshop dates are designed to coincide with the arrival of the earliest spring goat kids, which offers additional learning opportunities and cuteness. We’ll provide an assortment of our nationally award-winning cheeses at lunch time, but you’ll bring your own lunch/refreshments. Menu: *Winter Sharing Salad with winter greens, roasted butternut squash, sherry vinaigrette topped with rye croutons and smoked jowls *Farmers’ Cassoulet, with white beans, goat shanks, and pork sausages *Skillet slaw, with sautéed cabbage, leeks, bacon and apples *Molasses spice cake with Prodigal Farm vache icing or an apple-cranberry crisp with maple hard sauce (to be decided).