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Course details

Bread Matters baking for community

Starts: 05 February 2014 10:00
Ends: 08 February 2014 16:00

Macbiehill Farmhouse, Lamancha, near Edinburgh

This course is for

  • people planning to bake bread for sale who are considering the best way to establish a viable operation 
  • members of existing (or emerging) social enterprises who are looking at breadmaking as a possible addition to, or focus of, their community work
  • those who are already baking for their community who want to make better bread and who need advice on scaling up recipes, bakery equipment and workflow, product costings and regulatory standards (like organic certification)
  • anyone interested in community-supported baking who would like four days of intensive breadmaking to broaden their knowledge and product range, together with discussions on the ethos and practicalities of this exciting new way or working

You will learn

  • the essentials of baking real bread for sale, i.e. the ‘how’ of making it happen and the ‘why’ of meaningful work, social inclusion, community enrichment - in short, health
  • basic recipes that are straightforward to produce and can be adapted into many variations that are guaranteed to appeal
  • about the emerging network of community-supported bakeries, with actual cases studies to demonstrate what works
  • a great deal about the practicalities, including funding options, ownership structure (cooperative, community interest company etc), machinery (especially stone ovens), production planning, recruitment, costings and more
  • innovative marketing and distribution strategies to ensure that your bread reaches as wide a public as possible

You will make and take home

  • more than a baker’s dozen breads that you have made 

You will also get

  • a signed copy of Bread Matters by Andrew Whitley
  • a copy of Knead to Know, the Real Bread Campaign’s indispensable handbook for commercial and community bakers
  • a workbook of information, exercises and resources to help plan your community-supported bakery
  • coffee, lunch and tea each day (all organic, with much of the food grown on the Macbiehill smallholding)
  • a three-course dinner on the first evening (partners or friends can come too, for an extra charge)

20% discount on any course booked and paid for in full before 30th September 2013. Please telephone 01968 660 449 or email to book and quote your Soil Association Membership Number to get your discount.

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