Farmer's Place: Urban farm outside Geelong delivers sustainable educational outreach program and kid-friendly cafe
The Farmer's Place and their cafe, Common Ground Project, aim to educate the wider community with sustainable agricultural practices and support the mental health of the hospitality industry. All proceeds raised are donated to these causes. The Common Ground Project create a meaningful connection between the hospitality industry and the Victorian Food Bowl.
The Farmer's Place
The Farmer's Place, partner with ResourceSmart Schools, deliver a sustainable educational outreach program for the wider community. They are passionate about the environment, growing their own food, supporting local farmers and producers by inviting the community to engage with the food cycle.
Their education programs promote environmental awareness and schools, communities and social groups of any age are welcome to participate. Programs include animal feeding, cooking programs, paddock to plate, gardening or farming practices and experiences and education about waste.
Common Ground Project
Common Ground Project is the cafe that operates on the small working farm, in Freshwater Creek. Melbourne chefs are invited to plant, harvest and collect seasonal, organic produce in their own venues. They support the use of regenerative farming practices and funds raised offer improved access for hospitality workers to access meditation, mindfulness and mental health support.
The main goal of Common Ground Project is to educate other chefs, but also customers and their children of the significance of knowing where their food comes from. The space created by Nathan Toleman (and the rest of Mulberry Group) is aimed to create a safe, healthy, balanced and mindful environment for hospitality workers too.
The cafe, which services the community, sources as much produce from their own farm and local farmers, to bring to you a delicious menu. Sandy Melgalvis, head chef at Common Ground Project and has previously worked at Top Paddock, Red Door Corner Store and Ladro; brings you all of your favourite meals on the menu, along with a cabinet of smaller baked goods, sandwiches and salads. Their kid's menu offers great range of healthy options, including organic bircher, salad, open omelet with greens and our favourite option of a kid's picnic board.
The cafe feels rustic and farm like, but the real magic is outdoors. The property offers a farm experience for the children (and adults) where they can view farming first hand or get up close to their resident goats or chickens. If this isn't exciting enough for your child, they have a wonderful play space with swings, a cubby house and sandpit to entertainment while you enjoy your coffee and meal.
The farm and cafe is a wonderful and educational experience for your family to participate in. Whether your child is experiencing it as a school excursion or you dine in their cafe; you are supporting two important causes.
Common Ground Project is open 7 days a week, for brunch and lunch. They also offer other activities at their property, such as toddler dance classes.