Blue Ridge Community Farm is a 245 acre working farm for adults and children with special needs located approximately 4 miles northeast of Chillicothe, Illinois.
Currently, we offer educational field trips for special education and life skills classes. There is no charge for a school to come and visit the farm. Our field trips typically include interacting with our farm animals, music, crafts, hay rack rides (dependent upon the size of the group) and learning opportunities revolving around crops grown on the farm, animal care and general farm knowledge. We are home to ten alpacas, four donkeys, ten chickens, one horse and an old gentle golden retriever, Miss Maggie.
We also offer social events for adults with special needs all at no charge to those that attend. Some of our events include an annual square dance, cookouts and campfire sing-a-longs. In the very near future, we will offer employment and learning opportunities for adults with special needs in the areas of animal husbandry, horticulture, agriculture and lawn care/maintenance. This summer we will begin our garden program for adults with our first of three hoop houses.
Our future vision also includes housing for adults with special needs in the town of Chillicothe, expanded learning and employment opportunities, a gift shop on the farm run by adults with special needs selling products that they have made themselves and many more exciting things!
We do not take any government funding and intend to always be a completely self sustaining working farm. Our future programs and current events rely on private donations and fundraising efforts. Blue Ridge Community Farm is a registered 501 (c)(3) non profit organization and donations are tax deductible as allowed by law. We also always need and welcome volunteers and very much appreciate the support of our community!