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Rhubarb Farm – February Update

February saw two big steps forward for Rhubarb Farm. Firstly, our two 40′ containers, one for storage and the other an office, arrived on site ready for kitting out. Nottingham University Environmental Technology Centre is funding us to insulate the office container with sheep’s wool to save heating bills. Secondly, we employed 3 long-term unemployed young men as gardeners, under the Future Jobs Fund. They are all local lads. They are now preparing the ground ready for planting and sowing, with our farming neighbour ploughing the entire site.

Royal Ed Community Gardens – March update

The last couple of days of welcome warmth tell us that Spring is gathering force. As well as the joyous sight of the early flowers; Snowdrop, Winter Aconite and Crocus, the perennial weeds are awakening! Dockans and Comfrey are already rearing their heads in this year’s spud patch, reminding us that this is a time of hard work as well as enjoyment. Rabbit damage to trees over the last few days are a sign that this can also be a testing time of year, the ‘hungry gap’ between winter stores and new season’s growth. Continue reading

Royal Ed Community Gardens – February update

The mild weather in January has allowed work to pick up at the gardens, and we’ve been able to get on with tasks put on hold by the unseasonally early snowfalls last year.


Work on the Rabbit proof fences is nearing completion. This is a big job, around 300m of fencing with lots of changes of direction, and 7 gateways to allow easy access to the whole site. Most of the gates have been made from re-cycled timber, built under cover of the glasshouse during the dead of winter. Continue reading

Rhubarb Farm – February Update

Further to the interviews that took place in December, an Admin/Finance Worker has been appointed and started work on 5th January, three days per week. A site Supervisor has also been appointed and we are still looking for a Horticulturist. The car park and container base have now been laid, despite being delayed by the snow. The containers should go on site in February. We have submitted an application to Reaching Communities (Big Lottery) for £496.000 over 5 years, but won’t know the outcome until about May.

Green Up Your Act education – January Update

At the beginning of the year Finedon Mulso Junior School in Northamptonshire had ‘Wow Day’ to inspire their students. Green Up Your Act was invited to give a series of recycling workshops and to talk about the Earthship building where I work in Brighton.  The structure is made from recycled and reclaimed materials and runs on renewable technology such as solar panels,  wind turbines and water harvesting making it one of most environmental friendly buildings in Europe. The day was a huge success and a great start to the year.

Calder Food Hub – January Update

In December the company has been preparing to administrate grant funding from the Local Food Programme for the development of a local food system in Hebden Bridge.


As well as regular volunteer visits to our two projects at Hebden Bridge Library and Hope St Baptist Church, Hebden Bridge, we have been helping in the harvesting of Jerusalem Artichokes at the ‘Fruits and Roots’ site at Callis Mill. We aim to raise the profile of this easy to manage root vegetable with recipe and information sheets at the outlets where they are sold. The bitter frosts in December meant we had to be quick when the opportunity arose.

Rhubarb Farm – January 2011

December was significant in that we appointed our first two staff. Ruth Durham will be our Admin/Finance worker and Jimmy Anderson will be our site supervisor for an interim period until our horticulturist can start. But the deep snow from 30th November delayed the work on site to lay our car park and get the base for the containers (office and storage) laid. Continue reading