Our self-guided field trips help students explore the JK Community Farm and make connections with nature.


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2 August 2022

Interns From Local Businesses Volunteer At JK Community Farm on National Intern Day

August 2, 2022 LOUDOUN NOW - JK Community Farm hosted its annual Intern Day for area companies on Friday. Businesses were invited to send teams of interns to the farm for teambuilding as well as a chance to give back to the community. Five companies—Infinitive, Northwest Federal Credit Union, Pine Ridge Landscaping, CapRelo and JK Moving—sent around 30 interns for a day of harvesting and caring for crops. Samantha Kuhn, [...]

27 June 2022

Survey reveals 1 out of 3 people in D.C. region experience food insecurity

June 27, 2022 WASHINGTON POST - Nearly one-third of people living in the Washington region struggled to access food last year, according to a new report released last week by the Capital Area Food Bank. The analysis, culled from a random sampling survey of nearly 4,000 residents across the region, also presents a deeper illustration of how hunger’s impact has changed since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020. The [...]

13 July 2021

JK Community Farm Partners with DC Central Kitchen to Bring Fresh Produce to People Experiencing Hunger in Area

July 13, 2021 STERLING, Va. – Starting today, JK Community Farm, a 150-acre farm in Purcellville, Virginia, has partnered with DC Central Kitchen to expand its food distribution to reach those facing food insecurity in Washington, DC with healthy, organic produce and protein. As the nation’s largest nonprofit chemical-free community farm, it will donate close to 230,000 pounds of food in 2021 throughout the region with 40,000 pounds of food—the equivalent [...]

18 May 2021

400+ Volunteers Participate in JK Community Farm’s 3rd Annual Plant-A-Thon

May 18, 2021 Family Friendly Planting Event Works to End Hunger STERLING, Va. – Kicking off the growing season, the JK Community Farm is hosting its 3rd annual Plant-A-Thon with volunteer teams from companies, civic groups as well as individuals planting 16,000 seedlings in support of ending hunger. This weekend’s efforts alone will result in over 53,000 healthy, organic meals for families in need. With a theme of “Help Something [...]

14 December 2020

JK Community Farm Tops 2020 Growing Goals to Meet Food Insecurity Prompted by COVID-19

Dec. 14, 2020 2021 Goals Nearly Double to Address Escalating Hunger in DMV STERLING, Va. – JK Community Farm (Farm), a 150-acre farm in Purcellville, Virginia, donated nearly 147,000 pounds of protein and produce to local foodbanks in 2020, exceeding its goal by 11,000 pounds in response to—and in spite of—the pandemic. Now the nation’s largest chemical-free community farm, the Farm’s donated yield translated to 117,258 healthy meals and was produced [...]

3 September 2020

JK Community Farm Offers Field Trips with Age Specific Activities to Enhance Pandemic Distance Learning

September 3, 2020 STERLING, Va. – Starting September 14,  the JK Community Farm (Farm), a 150-acre farm in Purcellville, Virginia that grows crops and livestock and donates them to nonprofits to alleviate hunger, will supplement distance learning by providing a field trip program. Groups will be able to take self-guided tours with tailored programming tied to Virginia Standards of Learning to teach about farming and nutrition. “We are excited to provide [...]

1 July 2020

Nation’s Largest Community Farm’s Growing Goals on Target Despite COVID-19

July 1, 2020 JK Community Farm Increases Volunteers for Phase 3 STERLING, Va. – With Phase 3 of Virginia’s reopening plan, JK Community Farm (Farm), an 150-acre farm in Purcellville, Virginia that grows crops and livestock and donates them to nonprofits to alleviate hunger, will be allowing 40 volunteers at a time to help harvest. Despite the pandemic and smaller volunteer groups, the nation’s largest nonprofit community farm is still on [...]

24 April 2020

JK Community Farm’s 2nd Annual Plant-A-Thon Adapts to Pandemic

April 24, 2020 Corporate Teams and Others Plant to End Hunger PURCELLVILLE, Va. – Hunger is a reality for many in the community; and due to coronavirus, food insecurity is growing exponentially. As food donations from grocery stores to food pantries have diminished, the JK Community Farm has become a lifeline for thousands of families. To support the farm’s work and to help kick off the growing season, the JK Community Farm—which [...]

3 February 2020

Acumen Solutions, Baker Tilly, and Infinitive Executives Join JK Community Farm Board

February 3, 2020 Farm Sets 2020 Goals to Alleviate Hunger in DMV STERLING, Va. – JK Community Farm (Farm), a 150-acre farm in Purcellville, Virginia that grows crops and livestock and donates them to nonprofits to alleviate hunger, has announced the addition of three new board members—David Joubran, Brad Nicklin, and Denis MacFarlane—and set its 2020 harvest goals. “We are excited to have amazing representation from the business community on the [...]

20 October 2019

Barn Dance to Benefit JK Community Farm’s Efforts to Help Fight Hunger

October 20, 2019 Purcellville’s Sylvanside Farm Hosts Fundraiser PURCEVILLE, Va. – Sylvanside Farm, a popular venue in Purcellville, is hosting a Barn Dance with games, dancing and barbeque to benefit the hunger fighting efforts of neighboring non-profit JK Community Farm.  Started last year by JK Moving Services to alleviate hunger in the community, the farm grows chemical free, healthy produce and protein to those struggling with food insecurity in the [...]