Posted on September 20, 2021
It's as a big thank you to the local social enterprise for all their support this year as they have been maintaining the School’s kitchen garden. When the team realised Rhubarb Farm was hosting a training event, the School’s catering team got together to bake some bread to donate to the event for their lunch.
“We are so grateful for all their help,” said Jack Arkless, Operations Manager at the School. “Keeping the garden in good shape can be a challenge for us, particularly while we’ve been busy running our courses. The Rhubarb Farm volunteers have been doing an amazing job maintaining our gardens.”
Rhubarb Farm came to the aid of the School as the normally neat gardens behind the building had overgrown during lockdown. The team of volunteers, led by Melanie Richardson, who is Food Champion at Rhubarb Farm, weeded and dug the land to get it back into shape.
The vegetables and salad crops grown in the gardens have been used in the lunches cooked for students attending the courses. They are also used as ingredients within some of the courses and workshops.
Added Jack: “The School of Artisan Food and Rhubarb Farm have been working together for some time and we’re always grateful for all their support.”
As a charity, The School of Artisan Food has worked closely with the social enterprise. Rhubarb Farm works with people with long-term and complex needs. It supports a wide range of people whether they’ve experienced mental ill health, have a learning disability, are recovering drug and alcohol misusers, are ex-offenders or socially isolated. Their support extends from providing housing advice to developing skills for work through volunteering.