Bull City Farm's Adult Farm Camps

Most classes located on the farm

for anyone 12yrs and up

Classes 2020

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Cheesemaking and Goat Care Weekend

In conjunction with Prodigal Farm

February 22nd and 23rd

and

February 29th and March 1st, 2020

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Spring Session TBA

 

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Spring Session TBA

 

 

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).

Classes are for ages 12 and up

 

Farm Animal

Workshop

Every summer my camp kid's parents ask when I'll start doing camp for adults. Well folks, this is your camp! We have accumulated a broad set of skills and experiences with livestock making a lot of mistakes along the way. During this workshop we will share the good, the bad and the ugly in an honest discussion of our journey which will, hopefully, send you down the right path on your farming journey (or warn you off before it's too late). You'll learn how to manage your forage, your animals and how to best utilize the land resources available to you.
We'll start with a general overview of our livestock (equine, hogs, cows and sheep) and their dietary needs. From there we will dive into the details: vaccinations (to do or not to do), how to give a shot, hoof care, milking cows, FAMACHA testing, guardian animals, what to look for in breeding stock, fencing options, reading your soil survey, forage plans, talking to processors and more.
We will then move on to our birds (laying chickens and turkeys) and cover: keeping chickens in town and on farm,  raising turkeys on pasture, fencing options, the NC poultry processing rules and more.
This workshop is designed for people interested in farm animals even if they know they will never have any as well as those with a farm/land or farming aspirations. This class will be followed up by a  second, more in depth class in the spring that will be guided by the questions raised in the first class and the interests expressed by the participants.

The workshop will start promptly at 1pm and finish around 5pm.

sausage making runs from 1pm to 5pm.

Sausage Making

There is nothing like the smell of sausages sizzling on the stove top but there is a world of flavor that just isn't typically available at the grocery store or farmers' market. Have you ever wished you knew how to create your own signature seasoning? Once you understand the base you'll be ready to experiment with spices and fillers to craft a blend that will impress friends and family. In this workshop we'll take you through the process of making linked sausages. We'll cover grinding, incorporating your special mixes and then finally stuffing the sausages and forming the links. We'll visit the hogs on our farm and talk about the importance of meat quality and the merits of our different breeds.

You'll go home with the left overs from the day's experiments and meat from our hogs to make more sausages at home.

 

Please read the NC agrotourism law before visiting Bull City farm

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