Growing crops in a new polytunnel funded by Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles is helping to give ex-offenders a sense of purpose and steer them away from crime.
The Commissioner donated £5,000 from his Crime Prevention Fund to help expand Rhubarb Farm's work with ex-offenders and volunteers recovering from alcohol or drugs abuse.
He commented: “This is a brilliant, dual purpose project and I am delighted to support it with funding that will be well-spent. Giving ex-offenders the chance to gain employable skills means they are less likely to return to crime – and that means fewer victims of crime.”
He went on: “Projects at this pioneering enterprise in Langwith aim to keep past offenders or those at risk of offending out of trouble and rebuilding their lives. When I formally opened the polytunnel, I met ex-offenders and volunteers who have now become paid staff at the farm, and others who are learning new skills that will enable them to become valued members of the community.”
Salad crops are already being grown in the polytunnel to provide more indoor work for ex-offenders, says Rhubarb Farm Managing Director, Jennie Street. The produce grown at the farm is distributed to the local community at very low cost through vegetable and salad boxes forming a real ‘win win’ situation. Income from sales and ‘veg bag’ customers is ploughed back into the project to create yet more crime-diverting opportunities at the farm.
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Posted on Friday 13th December 2013