More than 100 kids at Prodigal Farm

Apr. 13, 2014 @ 08:21 PM

“It’s goats everywhere mommy!”

Four-year-old Finn Butler said it best during his visit to Prodigal Farms Sunday afternoon for its Open Farm Day. More than 160 kids were out and about to greet visitors to the farm and dairy.
“We had over 160 babies born in about a month,” said Kathryn Spann, owner and cheesemaker at Prodigal Farm. “It’s obviously a big job. But today we can really focus on people and being hospitable.
“Open Farm Day serves to strengthen our commitment to the community and younger farmers and aspiring cheesemakers,” she said.
Prodigal Farms was purchased by Kathryn and her husband Dave in 2007. After purchasing a few goats, they got their dairy license in 2010.
Open Farm Day is about 3 years old, Spann said, and one of the few chances that she and the others at the farm get to interact with the public about what they do and how its done.
Anna Strick is a volunteer at Prodigal Farm with an interest in sustainable agriculture. Strick said that Open Farm Day allows for a kind of open dialogue on farming.
“It’s great because people get to experience this wonderful life and goats, lots of cute goats,” she said.
The kids were the biggest draw. All with names beginning with the letter ‘H’, the kids played with children and adults alike.
“They’re very curious so they like to explore and since they don’t have hands, they explore with their mouths,” said Spann.
The baby goats were in a fenced in area and a small house-like structure. In between roaming in and out of the house, they jumped around, nibbled on pant legs and delivered soft head butts.
There were more intimate moments with kids nuzzling against someone sitting on the ground or closing their eyes while being petted by a small child.
Beth Speas was at her first Open Farm Day Sunday. A visitor to a private viewing last year, Speas said she enjoyed what the event had to offer.
“I think it’s great,” she said. “It’s really great to see the little goats that are leaping.”
Speas was advised by Eliza Lewis, 10, prior to the visit not to wear sequins because they seem to beckon to the kids to nibble.
Aside from having to modify her wardrobe, Lewis said she had a good time.
“It’s fun,” she said. “I like the little goats because they flip in the air and it’s pretty fun to watch.”
Also part of the Open Farm Day was a tour of the dairy. A short walk from the corralled kids was the farm’s dairy farm and cheesemaking area. Visitors could also sample several of the goat milk chesses that are made on site.
Meredith Bird and 4-and-a-half-year-old Zoe were visiting with some kids near a watering tub.
“He’s trying to eat my hair,” Zoe said.
“Yeah, we’re doing good,” Meredith laughed. “I think it’s just nice that they have a lot of goats for the kids to play with and a lot of space for them.”
For more information on Prodigal Farm visit www.prodigalfarm.com.