Our products and services


Rhubarb Farm's main focus is the growing of fruit and vegetables, but through the horticultural activities we are able to provide other things that promote employment, community involvement, health and social engagement.

OUR PRODUCTS

Fresh produce, grown organically on our site in the open and in the polytunnels - by staff and volunteers throughout the year. Rhubarb Farm grows vegetables for sale to individuals, local retailers, pubs and restaurants.  The main focus of our growing is to supply weekly veg bags to customers who pay by Standing Order and collect their own bags, and surplus veg is then sold locally.     All our vegetables are available seasonally, and these are the 52 vegetables, herbs, flowers and fruit that we grow, and which are available depending on the season:-

onions

potatoes

beetroot

spinach

parsnips

kale

purple sprouting broccoli

cabbage - winter & summer

brussels sprouts

leeks

garlic

lettuce

mizuna

mibuna

rocket

lamb's lettuce

spring onions

radish

kohl rabi

tomatoes

cucumbers

patty pan squash

crown prince squash

pumpkin

Jerusalem artichokes

sweetcorn


peas

runner beans

broad beans

climbing french beans

dwarf beans

courgettes

sweet peppers

chilli peppers

sage

rosemary

mint

thyme

parsley

basil

strawberries

cherries

pears

apples

raspberries

black currants

red currants

gooseberries

blackberries

cut flowers



Fab cabbages pity about those dud ones in the middle!

OUR SERVICES

1.    Placements and support services for people who are workless, have mental ill health or learning difficulties, have physical ill health such as obesity or diabetes, are ex-offenders, have physical disability, have dementia, are recovering drug or alcohol misusers or have been recently discharged from the Forces.
2.    Courses in organic horticulture, sustainable structures, food preparation, confidence-building, pre-work preparation, woodworking, crafts, preserve-making.
3.    Outdoor conferencing or hire of Rhubarb Farm facilities for , training, corporate or group use.
4.    Corporate challenge days for businesses and public service organisations.

OUR SUPPORT SERVICES


Rhubarb Farm offers work placements, training and volunteering opportunities to people with long-term issues, or people who want to learn about growing their own fruit and vegetables. We offer support to people who are ex-offenders, have mental ill health, physical ill health, learning disability, physical disability, dementia, are recovering drug or alcohol misusers, or are ex-service personnel with PTSD.  Although we are not totally wheelchair-accessible because of rough ground, several wheelchair-users come weekly to site, and are not deterred by this.

We accept people whatever their support needs, and abilities, and provide group or one-to-one support depending on need. Everyone who comes to Rhubarb Farm is a volunteer, no matter what their needs or abilities - everyone can make a contribution.


HOW TO COME TO RHUBARB FARM

We accept self-referrals,  so anyone can phone, email, or write to us on the Rhubarb Farm Facebook page or arrive on site and get involved.

We also accept referrals from any organisation or individual in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. 

Families and friends can refer, and this can be done by phone, email or the Rhubarb Farm Facebook page.  The person to ask for is Debbie Reynolds, the Rhubarb Farm Volunteer Co-ordinator. Debbie will arrange to meet each person, show them round site, and if they think they will like it, will sign them up as a volunteer.


Tel:                 01623-741-210
Email:            debbie@rhubarbfarm.co.uk
Facebook:    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rhubarb-Farm/222740847792024

Depending on need, Rhubarb Farm makes a charge for support.  

WHY COME TO RHUBARB FARM?

*    Rhubarb Farm offers a welcoming and friendly environment for everyone.
*    Volunteers always comment that staff are non-judgemental and accept everyone warmly.
*    You can learn new skills, meet new people, have fun and make an economic contribution to our social enteprise helping to help other people.
*    You might not want to sit in a day centre, or be at home all day watching TV  when you come to Rhubarb Farm you are active, outdoors and doing interesting things.

For example, Anna, who is a wheelchair-user in her 30s, with MS, decided she did not want to sit in a day centre all day as she loves the open air.  So she comes once a week to Rhubarb Farm and gets involved in the growing activities on site. She is now a Rhubarb Farm ambassador, representing the Farm at events and shows.  I am much happier coming to Rhubarb Farm where I meet great people and have fun, doing all sorts of different things each time. I come whatever the weather, am well supported by staff and other volunteers and feel very much part of the organisation.



Anna helping to sow broad beans with a team of other volunteers and staff.  April 2013


Ambassador Anna working on the Rhubarb Farm stall at Hodsock Snowdrop Festival helping a family do the Vegetable Quiz.  February 2013


Volunteers with Debbie learning how to sow brassicas. April 2013


Volunteer Mia packing lettuces for the weekly veg bag customers.   June 2013


Volunteer John watering vegetables July 2013

RHUBARB FARM COURSES

We run regular courses, advertised on this website and on the Rhubarb Farm Facebook page, as well as through local networks and organisations in Bolsover, Bassetlaw and Mansfield districts.

We also respond to requests for courses.

We can also provide space for other organisations to run courses at Rhubarb Farm using both outdoor and indoor space.  For more information on this please ring Lynn Macefield on 01623-741-210 or email:  lynn@rhubarbfarm.co.uk

CORPORATE CHALLENGE DAYS

Rhubarb Farm can offer a great Corporate Challenge Day for businesses and public sector organisations.  To date we have run Challenge Days for DWP Job Centre Workers, Nottingham University Environmental Technology Centre, Sainsbury's regional senior management team, and Veolia Nottingham. 

We make no charge for these Days, but organisations usually make a donation to the organisation, because of the staff time and effort involved in running them.


October 2012:   Sainsbury's managers and HR officers came to line the pond in the wildlife area.  Here they are presenting a cheque to Rhubarb Farm.

Sainsbury's staff laying the sand liner in the pond.


July 2013:  Nottingham University Environmental Technology Centre came to build a fire pit and circle for the Grub Club Rhubarb Farm's environmental afterschool club.


The finished fire pit and circle.


Other perks:  the ETC brought their own pizza dough and ingredients and cooked pizzas in the Rhubarb Farm pizza oven.


Job Centre workers gathering potatoes.