Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping was talking Rhubarb and all things necessary to make it grown when he visited the Rhubarb Farm in Langwith, near Mansfield, on Thursday (March 28).
“It’s a fabulous project, and I was happy to don my wellies in order to see all the farm not just the clean bits,” he said, “It’s pretty unique I think and it helps steer previous offenders and vulnerable people away from crime and the effects of crime.”
“Despite its name, Rhubarb Farm is about supporting, not forcing people towards a more productive life. There is something about horticulture that often brings out the best in people,” the Commissioner for Nottinghamshire commented.
“The Farm offers tangible training to a wide range of participants including the unemployed, vulnerable people at risk from crime and those trying to get back on track. Providing skills for life and work is invaluable support and so necessary for us to grow and flourish.
“Finding potential for success often means digging deep – and where better than on a farm where we can taste the success of our efforts?”
Rhubarb Farm is an environmental social enterprise using sustainable and ‘green’ methods. It provides work, placements and volunteering to promote the self confidence and skills necessary to become productive members of our communities.
People benefiting from this service include recovering drug and alcohol misusers, young people not in education, employment or training, and people with learning disabililties or mental and physical ill health.
Activities include growing and selling fresh organic produce and helping to run the café within a viable horticultural and business setting. All of this is aimed not just at developing confidence and employability but also at improving health and wellbeing.
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Posted on Thursday 28th March 2013