OakMoon Farm & Creamery

Rustic Aged Goat Cheeses and Unique Fresh Goat Cheese Specialties

Would you like to visit the farm?

OakMoon is very much a working farm, and disarray is our modus operandi! 

We are able to conduct farm visits 

by appointment only 

during the months of September and October.  Farm visits are scheduled for Saturday afternoons, 1pm-4:00pm. We know this is a narrow time frame, but it's the best we can do with our farm work schedule.

We charge $5 per person ages 7 and up. School groups are welcome, (and will be scheduled at other times) with at least 2 weeks notice.

Farm visits include a tour of our place, explanations of our milking/cheese making operations and sustainable dairy practices.  Visitors will get to try our cheeses, pet and photograph the goats, see our pastured pigs, jersey cows, and home free-range chickens.

Call or email for scheduling info.

828-688-4683 oakmoonfarm@gmail.com

PLEASE, no pet dogs allowed!  

2017-2018 Workshops and Events at the Farm

 ***Upcoming Events*** 

NEW Micro Dairy 101, Friday, November 3, 2017, deposit date: Oct.23

Beginners' Cheese Making Workshop, Saturday, November 4, 2017, deposit date: Oct.23

Basic Goat Husbandry Workshop, Sunday, November 5, 2017, deposit date: Oct.23

Kidding Intensive Workshop, Spring 2018, date to be announced

Note: Cheese Making and Goat Husbandry workshops will be repeated in Spring 2018

Micro Dairy 101

Wondering whether to take it to the next level? This 5 hour workshop (9:00 am to 2:30 pm, with lunch break) will explore the pros and cons. Details and topics to be announced. 

Please check back!

Basic Goat Husbandry

OakMoon Basic Goat Husbandry Workshop  will include lots of discussion plus hands-on instruction in giving shots, worming, hoof trimming, whether to have horns on the goat and other goat care.  This workshop is designed for folks just starting out in goats or considering becoming a goat owner, 

but anyone interested in goats will benefit.  Details for registration below.

Workshop topics will include:

  • Determining your goat keeping goals: pet, meat, fiber, dairy, land clearing
  • Preparing the home place for goats: fencing, housing, compatibility with other farm animals
  • Backyard goat keeping
  • Livestock guardians on the farm and in the neighborhood
  • What to look for when shopping for the right goats for your needs
  • Body conditioning and determining health
  • Feeding techniques and feedstuffs, organic or non-organic hay and feeds
  • Vaccinations, parasite control, common health issues with goats
  • How to give shots
  • How to trim hooves
  • To breed or not to breed
  • Basic kid rearing strategies
  • Disbudding vs. dehorning vs leaving the horns on the goats
  • Castrating buck kids
  • Culling and more!

Beginners' Cheese Making

OakMoon Beginners' Cheese Making Workshop is best described as an intensive with several hours of supervised hands-on cheese making, plus discussion and plenty of question/answer time. This workshop, designed for beginning home cheese makers, will be of interest to any cheese-head!  If you would like to become a participant,  please email to:  oakmoonfarm@gmail.com.

Cheese Making workshop topics will include:

  • Clean milk, milk flavor, and composition
  • Milking strategies--where to get milk for cheese making
  • Goat milk, cow milk, sheep milk, store-bought milk cheese making
  • Equipping your cheese kitchen on a budget
  • Care and sanitation of utensils and equipment
  • How to make simple chevre and at least two or three other cheeses
  • Molds are a cheese maker’s friends!
  • Definitions and use of rennets and cultures 
  • Moulding, draining, pressing
  • Aging gracefully, the cheese that is
  • Kefir and other fermented dairy
  • And MORE!

Kidding Intensive Workshop 

Our Kidding Intensive is usually scheduled for a weekend when we have a number of does due to kid in hopes of having a hands-on kidding experience. While we can't promise that the girls will cooperate, we will be sure to give you as much info for a successful kidding season as we can. The workshop will cover the following topics: 

*Care and feeding of the pregnant doe to give her a head-start on lactation
*Immunizations, worming and other pre-kidding herd maintenance
*Housing/penning for the doe and kids
*Assembling a kidding kit 
*Pregnancy/lactation specific health issues
*Udder health, milking sanitation, how to milk a goat
*Recognizing when a doe is in labor, when labor is normal and when there is a problem
*Fetal positions at birth, sorting it out and when to call the vet
*Care of newborn kids and new mamas
*Kid rearing plans and how to choose the best method for your situation

Only 6 spaces will be offered in the micro dairy, cheese making or kidding workshops, and 10 spaces in the goat husbandry workshop.  Workshop spots may be reserved, but considered confirmed/filled with receipt of deposits.  Each workshop is $100, with $50 required deposit to hold your spot. 

The price of the workshop will include coffee/tea and snacks, and materials.  

Lunch is on your own, unless notified of a change (sometimes we get a pot of soup made!)

Presenters will be Dwain Swing and Cynthia Sharpe, who have over 37 years of combined experience in the fields, as well as occasional guest presenters.

All workshops will be held at the farm and creamery located in Bakersville, NC.  Information regarding accommodations in the area may be found at Bakersville, NC.

Email or call for details, oakmoonfarm@gmail.com , 828-688-4683.

***Workshop deposit policy: Deposits for our workshops are transferable to future workshops or to other attendees, but non-refundable except in extreme situations such as illness, accident, etc. So please check your calendar carefully before sending in your deposit!

Farming Arts Workshops Planned

A Farming Arts series of workshops is in the planning stage. These workshops will encompass backyard homesteading and small farm topics. Speakers and instructors will be varied and  "fresh from from the field"! Proposed workshops include:
  • Scrambled: Successful Backyard Chicken Egg Production
  • Polly Want a Quacker? How to Raise Ducks and Geese and Love 'Em
  • The Journey From Feathers to Frying Pan: Raising Meat Chickens on a Family Scale
  • So You Wanna Own a Goat Farm-- From Hobby to Commercial With Meat or Dairy Goats.
For more information on our Farming Arts workshops, email oakmoonfarm@gmail.com with "Farming Arts" in the subject line.