The Farm and Garden Crew

Help care for our garden, feed the animals, and maintain historic structures.
Volunteers interact with visitors and answer questions about the park and farm.
Wear comfortable outdoor clothes and volunteer shirts and/or hats, as well as sunscreen and insect repellent.
Times are generally Sundays, 9am-noon, May through October at Chellberg Farm, located at 709-747 N Mineral Springs Rd, Porter, IN.
 
(left) tomatoes growing on the vine, (middle) steer cattle looking through a fence, (right) two volunteers standing with their garden tools
 
Volunteers working in the garden

If you’ve ever dreamed of living on a farm, you can get a taste of country life right here at Indiana Dunes! Help take care of our farm and its many animals, including chickens, steers, pigs, and goats. Explore the historic structures of the Chellberg farmhouse, sugar shack, and barn. This is a hands-on, outside-based opportunity, and all supplies (gardening tools, shovels, animal feed, etc.) are provided. Sunscreen and insect repellent are recommended. Please note that gardening and animal operations are limited in the wintertime.

The Chellberg Farm represents a typical 1890 through 1910 Swedish and Northwestern Indiana farmstead. Anders and Johanna Chellberg, with their young son, Charles, made the long journey from Sweden to this country in 1863. After their arrival in Northwest Indiana, the Chellbergs became part of a growing Swedish community. In 1869 the Chellbergs purchased 40 acres of land and established their own farm. You can visit the farm via the Little Calumet River trail, with a trailhead right by the Park Connction volunteer office.

Learn more at park’s article on Chellberg Farm.

 

Last updated: August 9, 2019

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Mailing Address:

1100 North Mineral Springs Road
Porter, IN 46304

Phone:

(219) 395-1882
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center phone number.

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