Tiskilwa, Illinois, United StatesDisbanded Community
- Last updated: December 19, 2017 (2 seconds ago)
- Listing created on: October 28, 2004
Be Faithful to Jesus
Values of mutual respect, justice, compassion for the poor, fidelity in marriage, and pacifism form the core of our life together. Hospitality and being connected with other cultures through personal relationships are also important in our shared life.
Some of our members work at a variety of jobs in the larger community, while others help in the farming, growing fruits and vegetables using methods that are environmentally friendly.
As a church we have both communal and noncommunal members. The Fellowship is the communal part and has 10 adults and 2 kids. The noncommunal church members include 4 adults and 2 children. Another family living here is active, but has not chosen membership and another family moving here in the spring. (Numbers as of January 2014.)
For further information, please contact Louise Stahnke.
- Plow Creek Bakery:
Home of healthy, organic bread and bagels, And of the not so healthy but delicious cookies and sweet rolls.
- Plow Creek Farm:
Plow Creek Farm is an important part of the community
- Plow Creek: an intentional Christian community & Mennonite Church in rural Tiskilwa, Illinois:
Community home page
- Photo Gallery:
You can see lots more Plow Creek pictures at our photo gallery
- Status: Disbanded
- Started Planning: 1971
- Start Living Together: 1971
- Visitors accepted: Yes
- Open to new Members: Yes
- Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community. Send Message
- Website address: http://www.plowcreek.org/
- Business, Project, or Organization: http://www.plowcreek.org/farm/index.html,%20http://plowcreekbakery.com/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PlowCreekFarm
- Contact Name: Jim Foxvog
- Phone: 815-646-4851
- Community Address:
19183 Plow Creek Rd
Tiskilwa, Illinois, 61368-9126
This Community has DisbandedYear disbanded: 2017
Too many people left to continue. The property has been handed over to a group we strongly support, Hungry World Farm.
- Type(s): Spiritual or Religious Community
- Programs & Activities: Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Organization, Resource, or Network, WWOOF’ing, Guest Farming
- Location: Rural
- Decision Making: Voting (majority or super-majority rule)
- Identified Leader: Yes, multiple identified leaders
- Leadership Core Group: Yes
- Additional Comments:
Leadership team and officers. We seek consensus. Supermajority of 75% if consensus not reached
- Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
- Regular Fee per Month: $325
- Shared Income: Partial share of income
- Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
- Open to members with existing debt: Yes
- Additional Comments:
Two types of membership; with 100%, or without formal financial sharing (pays rent, dues, anonymous offering)
5 to 10 hours a month
Those not in full financial sharing are expected to contribute, tithing suggested but no specific amount required.
- Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
- Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
- Energy sources: Biofuel, Clean Energy from the Grid
- Planned renewable energy generation: 50-75%
- Current food produced: Between 26-49%
- Planned food produced: Almost All, around 90%
- Food produced locally: From 50-75%
- Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Vehicle Share, Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Large Scale Kitchen, Tractor & Farm Equipment, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas, Internet
- Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
- Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
- Cell Phone Service: Good for some people.
- Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
- Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Mostly Vegetarian, Opportunivore (dumpster diving, nature harvesting, etc.), Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free
- Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
- Special Diets OK: Sometimes
- Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
- Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
- Additional Diet Comments:
Most eat a healthier than average US diet, but currently no fanatics
Vegetarians respected; vegetarian food available at common meals.
Many abstain from alcohol for religious reasons, but accept those who drink in moderation. Drunkenness forbidden.
No smoking in buildings, or where non-smokers are breathing.
- Common Spiritual Practice(s): Christian, Protestant, Mennonite
- Spiritual Practice Expected?: Yes
- Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Private School off the property, Public Schooling, Up to each family or individual
- Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual
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