Volunteer Opportunities at the Community Farm

volunteers at the farm
Volunteers Xaviera Hessifer, her daughter Chloe and her sister Carolina Herrera. Photo by Marco Sanchez.

Interested in volunteering? Help us with planting and harvesting healthy food for Loudoun residents in need. On-site training will be provided. Previous experience is welcomed, but it is not required. Be prepared to work outside in variable weather conditions, get your hands dirty while doing a good deed, and learn about your local agriculture community. All ages are welcome. However, children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. There will be special days scheduled to accommodate the whole family!

The health and safety of our staff, volunteers, and community are our utmost priority. The majority of our volunteer opportunities in 2021 will be outdoors or in an open-air location. If you are experiencing a fever of higher than 100.4 degrees F, have symptoms of a respiratory infection, or have been exposed to someone with confirmed Covid-19 diagnosis please refrain from volunteering at the Community Farm and follow the guidelines for quarantining set out by the CDC and Virginia Department of Health. Masks will be required when adequate social distance cannot be observed, please be sure to bring yours!

Volunteer opportunities for 2021 will begin in late March / early April and continue throughout the growing season. We have multiple opportunities per week during the peak season (June-September). Due to the food pantry’s availability to pick up produce, the majority of time slots are during the workweek. However, we also offer Saturday opportunities at least once per month and can coordinate specific days for groups of five or more. Upcoming volunteer opportunities are announced via email to all volunteers who have signed up through Letsvolunteer, LoudounCares or Volunteermatch (links below). 

Ongoing Tasks (April-October):

Seed starting, planting, harvesting

Sign up!

If you are interested in volunteering, sign up online at:

You can use any of these websites to sign up!

Corporate and group volunteers are encouraged to schedule in advance by contacting PEC’s volunteer coordinator Robin Cross at rcross@pecva.org.

Have other questions? Contact farm manager Dana Melby at dmelby@pecva.org or (540) 347-2334 ext. 7068.

volunteer mary peterson

“Volunteering at the PEC farm has been such a rewarding experience. I have had the opportunity to spend time on a beautiful piece of property and learn more about plants and gardening through hands on experiences. Best of all, When the harvesting is done, I know that my work has contributed to better nutrition and hope for the less fortunate by providing fresh produce to the area food bank.” -Mary Peterson