I imagine a world where we all move from being breadWINNERS to breadMAKERS!
After three years of teaching breadmaking in my kitchen and for small groups, I want to bring my demos out into the community. To do this, I'm building a breadmobile bicycle trailer. At the same time, I am raising money to cover the next year's supplies, outreach, and publicity to make it happen.
Once upon a time, in 2008 in a San Francisco kitchen, I started to experiment with baking bread. Soon I was making bread regularly for our household, and sharing it with friends. I invited everyone interested over to my kitchen to learn how to make it for themselves and share dinner with me. By the end of 2009 a baker's dozen had learned how. As of October 2012 I've taught over 100 people this primordial skill, mostly in free demos in my home.
Now i'm thinking bigger! Early last year, I started to get invited to participate in larger efforts to educate and inform about food and sustainability. A woodworker I met (Sayre Vickers) at one of my outdoor demos suggested a breadmaking trailer for my bicycle would be a fun project. I also engaged my super talented bicycle artist friend (Max Chen) to help too.
Max has built a steel frame with trailer hitch which can stand up on one end. Sayre is outfitting the frame with sides and doors and internal shelves so I can transport my ingredients, measuring cups, cutting boards, and cast iron pots in this "cabinet." I have traveled across town filling my paniers and borrowing trailers (and friends), but it's not ideal, and this custom built "breadmobile" will hold it all in style! Plus, I can stand it up on one end for use as a bread prep surface when I've gotten to my destination. Maybe one day it will hold a portable oven...
While I offer the skills and recipe in the spirit of free, and my two builders probably would have also done the work for free, I sincerely feel that craftspeople and artists should be compensated for their creativity and labor.
I am raising funds for materials and labor for this custom built trailer. As I counted up the number of outdoor ovens known to me in San Francisco (5), and I imagined the possibilities of giving demos at community kitchens as well, it clicked more and more. I'll also need funds for ingredients, bags, recipes, business cards, etc., to cover the lovely video promotion you're watching, and for an initial website design and to keep my website maintained. There's a little extra in there for food, repairs and maintenance, and for those things you forget but really need along the way!
If you are intrigued, inspired, or excited by this idea, I hope you'll make a pledge to support my breadmaking as it takes on this new flavor!
Awesome Lisaruth's Lovin' From the Oven logo design by Mona Caron!!
Find out more about my bread story and the next demos at http://lisaruthcreates.com/breaducation
Risks and challenges
I am a bread baker with a utopian agenda. To most, the end product of a freshly baked loaf is most tangible and delicious, but more important to me is getting people excited about the act of baking one's own daily bread, and the challenge that presents to the ready made culture that is our "stuffed and starved" American lifestyle. Baking bread is a skill that has been lost in the prepackaged, preserved food environment where we are stuck in the cycle of market-based mass food consumption. Lisaruth's Lovin' from the Oven bread making demos help connect people to a primordial skill that I believe to be the gateway to other means of self-empowerment and the participation in creating one's own reality. One gains ownership over one's food sources, and the possibility for human connection arises. One slows down.
As I use my trailer to bring my demos out to other city dwellers, I wonder about bread baking being only something accessible to those who have an oven at home, or a home at all. Most SRO hotel rooms don't have more than a hot plate to cook food in, and ovens are rare to have access to. If you're homeless, the first foodstuffs you are offered are day old bread and pastries. How will learning to make bread make sense to folks in these living situations? Using the model of the Moroccan community oven (since very few Moroccan households have an oven, almost every neighborhood has a "fran", or community oven, where people take their bread dough to be baked), I want to explore these questions of accessibility.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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