Farm Volunteers

Plow Creek Fellowship is a Mennonite communal Christian Fellowship which was established in 1971 on 189 acres of woods and farm land in north central Illinois. Originally, PCF had a communal garden which produced strawberries and various vegetables for the people at PCF. Then in 1979 the members of PCF began to expand the garden into a commercial garden and farming operation owned, run, and staffed by PCF members. We planted more strawberries, added blueberries, red and black raspberries, and blackberries in the early 1980s and began selling the berries through our own u-pick and ready pick operation, and also at farmers' markets in the area. Additionally, we expanded the vegetable side of the farm operation and have sold produce at our sale barn, at farmers' markets, and within the last 10 years, in a CSA (community supported agriculture) for several year with friends in Evanston, IL.

Volunteer stays are from 1 to 4 weeks, and in exchange for working 20 hours/week on the farm, volunteers will receive housing in either an apartment on the property or with a host family. Volunteers will also receive berries and produce from the farm.

Most of the volunteer hours will be spent working on the weeding, harvesting, and general care of strawberries and blueberries. There is also a small, diversified vegetable garden on the property which volunteers most likely will have a chance to help out with if they are interested. In addition to work on the farm and garden, volunteers are also encouraged to learn more about Plow Creek Fellowship during their stay and get involved in community life as they see fit.

If you have interest in volunteering this summer please send an email to and let us know little bit about yourself, why you are interested in volunteering on the farm, when you are interested in volunteering, and for how long.

You may also just want to visit our community a few days.

If you are interested in a longer time on our farm, please consider our intern program.