To enrich the lives of individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities through educational, social, vocational and residential opportunities in rural and community-based settings.
Blue Ridge Community Farm is a working farm for people with disabilities encompassing 245 acres located in northern
Peoria County, just outside of Chillicothe. We offer educational field trips for people with disabilities of all ages which include music, crafts, hay rack rides and educational opportunities focused on agriculture, horticulture and animal care. We also offer social events for adults with disabilities including an annual square dance, cookouts and bonfire sing-a-longs. All of these opportunities are free of charge.
The farm is home to ten alpacas, four donkeys, a horse, chickens and three golden retrievers. Our season runs from
the beginning of May through the end of October, with over 1,500 individuals with disabilities from more than 50 different
organizations/schools visiting each year.
2019 marked the beginning of our garden program on the farm. The first of three hoop houses was planted and harvested by individuals with disabilities. An adult day program from Peoria was able to utilize the produce they had grown themselves for their lunches throughout the season. We look forward to adding another hoop house this season and offering even more opportunities for our children and adult visitors. Produce will also be available for sale to the public.
In the near-future we will be expanding into the town of Chillicothe with many exciting job opportunities for adults with
disabilities, in addition to housing options. Future plans also include a gift shop featuring products/produce made and grown on the farm, as well as products made by children and adults with disabilities from our region and around the country.
How to Help
Volunteer: We have many volunteer opportunities on the farm! After volunteering, you are welcome to hike our trails (over 4.5 miles) and picnic or camp at one of our campsites. If you are a…
- Boy Scout or Girl Scout
- Future Eagle Scout looking for a project
- Member of a service/civic organization
- Member of a church group
- Business looking for team-building opportunities
- High school or college student seeking service hours, or
- Someone who just wants to volunteer, make a difference in our community, and get to know some amazing individuals…
…We need you! Please send your contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donate: We welcome and very much appreciate donations. More information can be found at blueridgecommunityfarm.
Blue Ridge Community Farm
21529 N. Blue Ridge Road
Chillicothe, IL 61523