Volume 04 |January 2019
The Adams County Community Foundation's Giving Spree was a great success! Thank you to all our donors. $4600.00 was raised for Bakewell Farm through this event. These funds allow us to continue baking for Ruth’s Harvest and develop our educational programs. 

The fall of 2018 brought some big changes to Bakewell Farm. We are now holding our classes and events at our own destination: Bakewell Farm in Biglerville, PA. Our mission is to deliver "bread-centric” classes and demonstrations in a farm/rural setting for the general public as well as for public school students, and for personal & professional career development opportunities. We now have the rural setting ready to build our community of bakers. All of the funds raised through our events and classes go to our not-for-profit. Please join us!

Bakewell Farm Spring Baking Classes
All classes held on the third Saturday of the month at Bakewell Farm. Classes go from 10-2, lunch included. The class price is $75.00 per person. Tickets are purchased on our website .

Bakewell Farm Pizza Sunday
Every third Sunday we have two seatings for wood-fired pizza, simple salad bar and dessert at Bakewell Farm. Seating times are 12:00 - 1:30 & 1:30 - 3:00. The price is $20.00 per person. BYOB
Tickets must be purchased in advance on our website .
How Healthy Is Sourdough Bread, Exactly?
Cooking Light recently covered the nutritional benefits of sourdough bread. We have been telling you this all along. Don't take our word for it! Read More

You can purchase our healthy 25% whole wheat sourdough bread at the Rose Garden Natural Food Store 39 West St Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325. All proceeds from the bread go to Bakewell Farm's educational programs.
Grant Writing

Thanks to Sarah Stokely and Chuck Stangor, we are putting the final touches on an application for a " Robert C. Hoffman Charitable Endowment Trust" grant for educational programming around the Ruth's Harvest whole-grain breads: "Introducing Adams County Children and Families to the Tastes and Benefits of Nutritious Whole-Grain Breads."

"From the annual earnings of the Trust, currently valued at just over six million dollars, the Committee approves grants to nonprofit organizations which serve the needs of Adams County residents. Areas of Interest include: Religious purposes, education, prevention of abuse to children and animals, helping the needy, medical care, literary causes, youth sports, capital campaigns, and other causes which promote social welfare and lessen the burden of government. Since 1997, the Trust has distributed over 5.1 million dollars." We will keep you posted!
Holy Helping Horses!
Our neighbor located this used 7 horsepower log splitter for us. The price was right and my back likes it too! It will take up to a 24-inch log, so if any of you have wood you would like to donate give us a call or you can drop it off at Bakewell Farm.

Bakewell Farm uses 6-8 cords of hardwood a year to fuel our wood-fired oven. Have any wood around? Let us know. We can come and take it off your hands. bakewellfarm501c3@gmail.com
Bakewell Farm received funding from the Center for Youth and Community Development Gettysburg , to develop a 4-part hands-on series for their Youth Coalition. Our goal, using baking and other hand-on activities, is to create an environment for meaningful discourse on these topics: Moral Courage, Service to Others, Decision Making and Self-Care.
Bread Blog
A Whitman Blueprint

“This is what you shall do; Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body.” –Walt Whitman

This is one of my favorite Whitman quotes that I revisit often. I find that his words speak volumes on how we might behave when we step out to greet the day. It reads like a blueprint or the coordinates for our moral compass–a straightforward plan with clear directions.

As Bakewell Farm prepares to collaborate in 2019 with the Youth Coalition and the Center for Youth and Community Development, we were asked to develop four themes around a series of hands-on baking experiences. One of the themes is moral courage. Again, Whitman asks us to, “ Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others.” This is where the moral rubber hits the courageous road! Whitman’s contemporary, Mark Twain once wrote, “Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.” What then does courage look like when you “ take off your hat to nothing known or unknown” and do so without fanfare? Even Thoreau’s edict for the wise to live an extemporaneous life demands some degree of courage or self-reliance.

I ask myself whether there are any examples of moral courage in making bread? Perhaps it can be found in the self-reliant qualities of making sourdough bread. (I’m thinking specifically about the many steps required to maintain a healthy sourdough culture) No more reaching for the instant yeast! Or is it about the two days required to: build a fire in the brick oven, refresh your sourdough culture, mix a large batch dough by hand, rake out the ashes, allow the oven temperature to settle to the proper baking temperature, load with proofed loaves of dough, and pull out fully baked loaves from the oven to cool? Is practicing this archaic craft process itself a form of moral courage? I’m still pondering the ambiguities. All I know is happiness is found through time well spent. Consider giving the simple gift of time this season. “Time, as the poet Nick Laird wrote, is how you spend your love.” Or as Philip Larkin says, “Of each other be kind/While there is still time.” Have a safe and Happy New Year!

Marc Jalbert, Founding Director of Bakewell Farm, a 501c3 non-profit whose mission is to promote “bread-centric” educational programs for building community while engaged in the practice of public service. Please visit us at: www.bakewellfarm.org

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