Prodigal Farm is meticulously managed by owners Dave Krabbe and Kathryn Spann. Kathryn’s mother’s family, the Hamptons, farmed tobacco for generations in this small area. Kathryn moved to wicked New York City, where she practiced law for many years. There, she met Dave standing in line to see a musician from Nashville. Soon, they decided to return to Kathryn’s roots and Dave’s long-time dream of farming. Together, they purchased a farm in Rougemont, in rural northern Durham County.
The farm, with its 120-year-old farmhouse, huge old oak trees, and original log tobacco barns, mule barn, corn crib, smokehouse and other outbuildings, is a constant reminder of history. When they moved in, the longtime tobacco fields and even the barns were overgrown and had long been out of service. The old mule harnesses and tack hung in the barns; the wooden wagons sat under sheds. Time held its breath here.
Kathryn & Dave started with a few goats to help clear away the poison ivy, brambles and other vines and the rest is histopry. Miraculously, the goats turned the overgrowth into milk, and Kathryn turned the milk into cheese—and it is good! They needed more goats. Then they needed a dairy.