Wednesday, 6 July 2016


RHUBARB FARM Community Interest Company

Hardwick Street
NG20 9DR
Main contact number 01623 741210

Sunday 10th July: Open Day. Rhubarb Farm will be open for the National Gardens Scheme (Yellow Book). You can turn up at any time from  10.00-4 pm. There will be tours of the site at 10.30, 12.30 and 2.30. These will take about an hour each. Cream teas will be served in our 'cafe' and on the Village Green.

What is Rhubarb Farm?

•  In October 2010 Rhubarb Farm was a couple of weed-tangled fields. Community Payback teams started hacking back the brambles and have not stopped coming since then.

•  Work started on site in January 2011, and a car park was laid and two containers placed on it for office and storage. Water, electricity and phone were installed.

•  With an award from the Working Neighbourhoods Fund, through the Bolsover Local Strategic Partnship, we were able to employ a Farm Manager and an admin/finance worker. Vegetables were grown that Spring and 3 local unemployed young men were taken on as Gardeners through the Future Jobs Fund.

•  Volunteers started coming to Rhubarb Farm from the very first month, and up to March 2013 we have had nearly 200 volunteers come.

•  We managed to fence about a third of our site in 2011, and then complete the fencing of that area in May 2012. This gave us security and we were able to site a cafĂ© cabin, a composting toilet and another cabin for youth work and mess room. In 2012 we were awarded funding from Tesco to erect a large polytunnel.

•  In November 2011 we employed a Youth Worker under a contract with Raising Aspirations to provide activities for young people who have not been attending school for a while. This was extended in 2013 to involve younger children in the transition period from primary to secondary school.

•  In March 2012 we employed two ex-offenders as Cropshare Workers through a contract with the Home Office.

•  In 2012 we employed 11 young people aged 16-18 years old as apprentices under the National Apprenticeship programme for them to get an NVQ2 in Horticulture.

•  In July 2012 we began supplying customers with veg bags, under a community supported agriculture (CSA) scheme, whereby customers come to site weekly to collect their bags.

•  In 2012 we installed a pond with a dipping platform in our wildlife area, and organised a Corporate Challenge Day for 25 Sainsbury's store managers and HR managers.

•  In October 2012 we employed a Drug and Alcohol Worker through a contract with Derbyshire County Council Drug and Alcohol Team to provide services to recovering substance misusers, and support them towards employment.

•  In November 2012 we won an award from the Big Lottery Fund for a BUDDIES Project aimed at intensive support for people with long term issues. This has enabled us to employ three staff to run the Project.

•  In March 2013 we won a tender from Leicestershire Probation Trust's regional REACH programme, for a GREEN CHANCES Project to support 20 ex-offenders into work between April 2013 and December 2014. This will enable one of our ex-offenders to continue as mentor for the ex-offenders on the programme.

•  We have held four events - a Soup on Site event , a Hearty Harvest event, a Family Fun Day and, in Sept 2012, the Langwith Community Show.

•  We have run or hosted 37 courses - cookery for parents, cookery for people with mental ill health, wood working, wood carving, compost toilet making, pizza oven making, willow weaving, gypsy crafts, bird box making.

•  We have taken 9 people on individual placements paying off Community Service Order hours, through Derbyshire Probation Trust.

•  We bought a small tractor in 2012.

•  We have organised three Corporate Volunteering Days for DWP when Job Centre workers from across the region gave a day to volunteer at Rhubarb Farm.

•  We have had major funding support from two charities, The Henry Smith Charity, and Lankelly Chase Foundation, for the salaries of our Farm Manager and Finance and Monitoring Officer.