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Stepping it up!Rhubarb Farm keeps getting bigger and better with fruit and veg crops, a cafe, home built pizza ovens, composting toilet, a bug hotel, a wildlife/pond area, and lots of activities.Over 150 volunteers have helped to clear, dig, plant and build on the site, and Rhubarb Farm has been extremely successful in engaging with the hardest to reach, particularly those with mental health issues and/or offender backgrounds. Although funding through the WNF ceased at the end of March 2012, much of the work at Rhubarb Farm will continue.

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About First Farm Steps...

This social enterprise, based on eight acres of land at Langwith, provides land-based employment, work placements, training, and volunteering opportunities for a range of people from targeted groups which include:

  • Unemployed people
  • Offenders and ex-offenders
  • Ex-service personnel with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Young people that are not in education, employment or training (NEET)
  • People with mental ill health
  • People with physical health problems
  • People with a learning disability

The Working Neighbourhoods Fund was used to secure the site with fencing and to cover the costs of skilled and experienced staff to complete the initial stages of operation.  Any income generated from activity such as the sale of produce, commissioned placements, training delivery, feed-in to the national grid from photovoltaics (solar power), green tourism, and philanthropic shares is put back into the business for the benefit of the community.