Past events and activities


On Tuesday 28th July from 5-7pm volunteers past and present came together so Rhubarb Farm could tell them how much we appreciate them. The Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, Veronica Pickering, presented certificates to all volunteers and people who have supported and helped the Farm.  There was a barbecue and delicious cakes baked by the Limes Hospital in Langwith, drumming and other fun. 


On Wednesday 8th July we opened under the Yellow Book for the National Gardens Scheme.  We welcomed visitors from a wide area, gave them tours of the site, and provided teas and scrumptious cakes.

One of the visitors later that day emailed saying:

“ We all had a wonderful time with you all at Rhubarb Farm today. It was quite inspirational to meet everyone and hear of their experiences and talents. The sheer scale of all you've achieved in such a short time and your determination to grow and learn is astonishing. Hats off to you all! and thank you again for our visit,  with very best wishes, Eve

P.S. fresh peas, new potatoes and omelette for tea tonight”

First tour group looking round site

School volunteers Nathan and Colt talked to the visitors.  They just put on funny poses for the camera!

Another tour group outside the polytunnel financed by the Police and Crime Commissioner


See a time lapse video of ETC's Corporate Day at Rhubarb Farm


Tom Howdle is 15. In October 2013, he started coming to Rhubarb Farm on work placement one day a week from his school. He is now moving on to do a bricklaying course at Chesterfield College and he has got an apprenticeship. He says "It was getting a reference from Rhubarb Farm that gave me the chance of my apprenticeship."

We are proud of you Tom, you worked hard at Rhubarb Farm and showed you could do it! Well done!


Alan Charles, Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner came to Rhubarb Farm to open our new Polytunnel, which has been erected with an award of £5,000 from the Police and Crime Commissioner's Fund. He cut the ribbon and then stayed to talk to staff and volunteers. He spoke to some of the ex-offenders - staff and volunteers - and enjoyed the tasty leek and potato soup made with ingredients grown at Rhubarb Farm, as well as lovely mince pies. The event was attended by volunteers, ex-volunteers, supporters, Radio Sheffield and the Mansfield Chad.

Alan Charles cutting the ribbon to open the polytunnel

PCSO Steve Cathcart with Rhubarb Farm staff Simon and Tom


Rhubarb Farm has won a Green Guardians award from Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust for our work providing opportunities for people from all walks of life through agricultural activities, by growing fruit and vegetables, and for promoting low impact living. Site Buddy Worker Sharon Storey and Managing Director Jennie Street received the award at a ceremony in the Albert Hall, Nottingham on Thursday 14th December.  A beautiful bronze statue of a deer, and £1,000 accompanied the award. This is a great boost to our work, and another boost for our profile.


In late summer, The Daily Mirror ran an article about Rhubarb Farm.  The online version can be viewed on:


On Tuesday 15th July 2014, Rhubarb Farm celebrated volunteers past and present with an evening event featuring a barbecue, pizzas from our two new outdoor pizza ovens, cakes made by a volunteer, and presentations to thank all volunteers. A lovely sunny evening made for a relaxed and happy time for all.   This is a  selection of photos - too many to post as all volunteers were presented with a certificate!

Volunteers Jimmy, Sarah and Carrie enjoying the evening sunshine

Volunteer Sam with her mother Eva and Clare Talati of Derbyshire County Council Raising Aspirations project

Volunteer Vicky made 3 trays of wonderful cakes for the event

Volunteers Daryl and Kevin with Rosalie Weetman, Substance Misuse Commissioner, Derbyshire County Council

Hem (Rhubarb Farm Youth Worker) and volunteer Gerry proudly showing the pizza oven that he helped build, now in action

Family and friends of volunteers enjoying eating pizzas under our lovely willow dome

Volunteers gathering on the Rhubarb Farm “Village Green”

Volunteer Kia received his certificate presented by Rosalie Weetman

Volunteer David received his certificate presented by Rosalie Weetman

Volunteer David received his certificate presented by Rosalie Weetman

Tom (RF Cropshare Worker) and volunteer Djay, working on the raffle stall

Rhubarb Farm Hallowe'en Fancy Dress party

Rhubarb Farm held a Hallowe'en Fancy Dress party for local people.  It was great fun and enjoyed by all ages.  As well as apple bobbing, a spooky tunnel, ‘pumpkin-smashing' and throwing wet sponges at a victim in the stocks, there were roast chestnuts, a barbecue and teas and coffees, plus tombola, raffle and the fancy dress competition. 

Line-up in over 7s age group – the Mummy won it!

Harry Potter won the Adult Fancy Dress competition

3 beautiful costumes

A glamorous witch (aka Simon, Cropshare Worker)

The Wicked Witch of the West (aka Jennie, Managing Director)

Biggles (aka John, volunteer) left his Spitfire in the carpark and came for a flying visit