Volunteer Opportunities at the Community Farm

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

PLEASE NOTE: Out of caution for our volunteer, staff, and community’s health we have postponed volunteer opportunities at the Community Farm for the time-being. We greatly miss our volunteers and look forward to having them back to the farm in the coming months. An email update will be sent out to all volunteers who sign up when we are closer to reopening. To stay abreast of all the happenings on the Community Farm during this time be sure to follow PEC on social media.

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!

Volunteer opportunities for 2020 will begin in February 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 every two weeks via email to all volunteers who have signed up through Letsvolunteer or LoudounCares (links below). 

Tentative Task Schedule:

February – May: Seed starting
March – June/August: Planting
June – October: Harvesting

Sign up!

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

You can use either website 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