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Service with a smile: Catherine Annabelle is learning hospitality skills at Harvest Cafe.

A NEW cafe with a difference has opened its doors at Sages Cottage farm in Baxter.

The Harvest Cafe provides hospitality training for people with disabilities as part of a joint collaboration between disability support provider Wallara Australia and caterer Going Gourmet.

A light breakfast and lunch menu features many ingredients sourced from the farm itself.

Wallara Australia bought the farm in 2016 from charity Menzies Incorporated with the aim of using the farm to teach life and work skills to people with different abilities.

The opening of the Harvest Cafe is a step in that direction.

“There are currently 20 Wallara clients based at the farm learning life skills through farm activities,” Wallara CEO Phil Hayes-Brown said.

“We are extremely fortunate to have the support of local community and business groups who are assisting with the development of the property and volunteers have been incredibly important for maintaining the farm in such wonderful condition.”

Wallara hopes to train up to 50 people at a time at Sages Cottage farm in the near future.

Harvest Cafe is open Mondays-Thursdays, 10am-2pm. A gift shop is also located on the farm.

First published in the Frankston Times – 30 April 2018

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