Melbourne’s Mulberry Group has launched a new initiative for chefs keen to learn more about farming.

Common Ground Project is located in Freshwater Creek near Geelong and will allow members to plant and harvest produce for their own venues.

Members will pay $230 a week and learn about permaculture techniques and have access to meditation classes. The money raised will go towards the use of regenerative farming practices and improved access to wellbeing initiatives for the hospitality industry.

“It’s really such an obvious way to help the industry, and at the same time it’s one of the most exciting things we’ve ever done,” says CEO Nathan Toleman.

There will also be a café located on-site with a seasonal farm-based menu. Sandy Melgalvis will be running the kitchen and has plans to work closely with neighbouring growers to create dishes.

It’s been a busy time for the group, which sold Higher Ground, Kettle Black and Top Paddock to Darling Hospitality Group late last year before launching Liminal in May.

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