An agriculture-based environmental social enterprise, based in Langwith, on the Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire border, providing a service to the unemployed, recovering drug and alcohol misusers, ex-offenders, young people not in education, employment or training (NEET), excluded school students, people with learning disabilities, people with mental and physical ill health, ex service personnel, and people with dementia. We use the therapeutic organic horticulture model for developing skills, confidence and employability, and for improving health and well-being.
* We grow organic fruit and vegetables and keep poultry for eggs
* Production of weekly veg bags for local customers
* Health promotion through green gym activities
* Exciting environmental and Vegetable Growing sessions for
* Corporate Challenge Days for businesses, local and central government and voluntary organisations' staff teams
Rhubarb Farm is open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm. We can arrange corporate volunteering days or special events at weekends. Contact the office to discuss on 01623 741210.
RHUBARB FARM MD JENNIE STREET INVITED TO 10 DOWNING STREET
Earlier in March, Rhubarb Farm MD and founder, Jennie Street received an invitation from the Prime Minister to a reception on 29th March in 10, Downing Street, "to celebrate Civil Society in the Midlands".
This was not only an honour that Rhubarb Farm has been recognised for the work we do with people with multiple and complex needs, but an exciting opportunity to see the inside of a very historic and significant house in our country's political culture.
RHUBARB FARM - N T KILLINGLEY's VOLUNTARY ORGANISATION OF THE YEAR
Rhubarb Farm is delighted to announce that NT Killingley Ltd, the award-winning commercial landscape and earthworks contractor based in Chesterfield, has made Rhubarb Farm their voluntary organisation of the year for 2017. The company will support us with landscaping materials over the year, and this will be a great boost for all our different activities. This support came about because Killingley, like Rhubarb Farm, will be having a show garden at The Chatsworth Flower Show from 7-11th June and they wanted to support a local organisation also doing the Show. Thank you Killingley for your support and consideration - we look forward to our partnership over the coming year.
THANK YOU BASSETLAW DISTRICT COUNCIL !
Rhubarb Farm has been awarded a grant of £10,000 by Bassetlaw District Council for our work with people with multiple and complex needs, and to help more people access digital services. This is our first grant from Bassetlaw, and has given us all a big boost! Volunteers and staff turned up in force to have their photo taken to say Thank You, to both Bassetlaw District Council and Bassetlaw Council for Voluntary Service,who administered the grant application. And volunteer Jamie is pictured preparing the Thank You poster!
MORE WONDERFUL FUNDING NEWS!
Rhubarb Farm has been awarded funding from the Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner's Community Safety Fund in recognition of our work with ex-offenders and substance misusers. This money is for the salary of our Training Officer, who organises courses for our volunteers, and encourages people to take training, become more skilled and employable. This is the fourth year that the Police and Crime Commissioner has supported Rhubarb Farm, bu t the really wonderful news is that instead of this being funding for 1 year, as it was in previous years, the Commissioner has awarded us funding for THREE years.
This is brilliant because it gives us security for the work, and means we don't have to keep spending time writing applications.
We wish to thank the Commissioner, Hardyal Dhindsa, and his team who awarded us this money. It has given the Farm and all our staff and volunteers a big boost.
Below is a photo of the Commissioner when he visited the Farm in April 2016 with Andy Burnham, the Shadow Home Secretary at the time.
Remember - Rhubarb Farm welcomes ex-offenders and substance misusers as volunteers, and we can help you turn your life around for the better.
RHUBARB FARM AND THE CHATSWORTH FLOWER SHOW
Rhubarb Farm will be having an Edible Feature at the Chatsworth Flower Show from 7th - 11th June 2017 - AND WE NEED YOUR HELP.
Our Edible Feature will be sited around the Artisan Kitchen Theatre, which will be run by our partners the School of Artisan Food, Welbeck Estate. The theme of the Show is traditional meets modern, so our Feature will be in two parts: a 1940s allotment, and a modern, Garden for Hard Times. Both gardens will be showing plants that are being used in the cookery displays in the Artisan Kitchen Theatre, where celebrity chefs will be doing 5 cookery displays and talks a day.
The RHS has allocated us a designer, Chris Smith of Pennard Plants, in Somerset, and a small budget for the design and materials for our Feature.
However, we need your help to source some materials, to help us make the budget go further, and make our Edible Feature a really interesting and educative place for visitors.
These are the things we need - for loan, donation or maybe to buy:
For growing plants in:
rectangular troughs to grow veg in, to then sink in the ground at the Show to give a feeling that the plants are growing naturally in the soil!
large planters for growing veg in
For the 1940s garden:
An old wooden wheelbarrow
A falling-apart old chair for the allotment shed
Lots of old, greying pieces of wood to construct the shed and fence
A very old worn door and windows for the allotment shed
moss for the shed roof
Old wooden seed trays
Metal watering cans
Old metal buckets
Old seed packets
Other items to go in the shed (eg shelves, hooks)
Authentic clothing - the more worn/faded the better -
old flat caps
old welly boots
old men's lace-up boots
old black waistcoats
old ladies shoes/brogues
For the Garden for Hard Times:
If you can help us, please email Jennie - email@example.com or phone 07527-929-592
BIG THANK YOU TO BOWRING TRANSPORT
This month Bowring Transport delivered 23 tons of road planings to Rhubarb Farm - for FREE. This is a huge boost to our site, and 13 volunteers got down to the hard work of barrowing the planings to the paths that had previously been levelled and lined with landscaping fabric donated by TDP Landscaping Inc. The result has been fantastic, and site looks great now.
A huge thank you to Bowring Transport (Lee especially) and TDP Landscaping Inc. You have helped transform our site and really improved access and ease of movement around the site.
VEGWARE: Rhubarb Farm's long-term funder.
Rhubarb Farm is very proud to report that Eco-Friendly packaging company, VEGWARE, HQ in Edinburgh, has been supporting Rhubarb Farm for 6 years with a monthly grant, of £50. Vegware's support of our work amounts to a considerable sum in that time, but also represents a commitment to the community and the work of our enterprise which is a wonderful example of Corporate Social Responsibility. Vegware are not a massive company but they had the vision to fund a fledgling social business whose environmental and social aims reflected their own. They have stood by us while we have grown.
We send Vegware a brief monthly report and photos, which go on the Vegware Community Fund pages of their website http://vegwarecommunityfund.org/ Take a look to see what we have written, and to see all the other social projects which Vegware funds.
Vegware's description of the company, from its website:
Vegware is the only completely compostable packaging company operating globally. Our award winning catering disposables are
low carbon, made from renewable or recycled materials, and all can be recycled along with food waste. In 2009, Vegware started the Vegware Community Fund to support sustainability in its widest sense, including the built and natural environment, and community projects, by offering monthly grants or a regular donation of Vegware's eco packaging.
In 2015, the Vegware Community Fund won the Foodservice Packaging Association's Corporate Social Responsibility Award.
Because of their strong CSR ethic, Rhubarb Farm would like to urge other community organisations, businesses and voluntary groups to consider purchasing their food packaging from Vegware – it will come full circle and support the community, environmentally and socially!
RHUBARB FARM BLOG CONTRIBUTION
Rhubarb Farm was asked by the Office of the Regulator of Community Interest Companies (Companies House), to write a blog about being a CIC.
We felt this was an honour to be recognised as having something to say. Our blog was published on 5th July 2016 and can be found on this web link
CHICKEN RUN EGGS FOR SALE
Now we have around 100 hens, fresh eggs are available in plenty from our CHICKEN RUN Project!
Eggs can be collected in person from site, or delivered on one of two delivery days per week.
£1.20 per half dozen, £2.30 per dozen. 25p delivery if you live in Langwith, Nether Langwith, Upper Langwith or Langwith Junction, as one of our volunteers will be delivering the eggs by bicycle.
We need lots of egg boxes, so please recycle your eggboxes for Rhubarb Farm, and come and see our free range happy hens.
Rhubarb Farm is a Community Interest Company (CIC) no. 7059841