Bakewell Farm at the Heritage Festival

Show hospitality to each other without complaint. Use whatever gift you’ve received for the good of one another so that you can show yourselves to be good stewards of God’s grace in all its varieties. — 1 Peter 4:9-10

“Small is Beautiful” author E.F. Schumacher takes the above quotation and applies it to a threefold conception of work as follows: “First, to provide necessary and useful goods and service. Second, to enable every one of us to use and thereby perfect our gifts like good stewards. Third, to do so in service to, and in cooperation with, others so as to liberate ourselves from our inborn egocentricity.”

We are very excited about Bakewell Farm’s participation in this year’s 27th Annual Heritage Festival, September 16th from Noon to 4:00 pm at the Gettysburg Area Recreation Park, 545 Long Lane, Gettysburg. The folks at the Interfaith Center for Peace and Justice and the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County have given us the green light to include our presentation and theme with this year’s Heritage Festival. “Bread for Each Other” is an afternoon of “action stations” and table talk discussions about the craft of bread making, good nutrition, and how the act of baking bread can become a form of social action. Bakewell Farm has reached out to local and regional bakers and bakeries to share their knowledge and skills, as well as growers and health professionals from our community. Bakewell Farm is very excited about being part of this year’s Heritage Festival. Festival Chair, Bill Collinge, and members of the Festival committee, along with Wellspan President, Jane Hyde and the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County have been generous with their support for including this event at the Heritage Festival.

Here’s a sneak preview of the topics and activities that will be on display in and around the Park’s Sterner Building:  The WHOLE GRAIN TRUTH explores the nutritional value of using whole grains by Camille Horton; MILLING ABOUT offers a stone ground flour demonstration with a table top mill and grain flaker; KNEAD TO KNOW is a hands-on demo for anyone wanting to try their hand at hand-kneading and shaping; TALKING OVEN is a first hand look at the construction and operation of Bakewell Farm’s mobile wood fired oven with Gettysburg High School science teacher, Eric Withers; BRICK by BRICK tells the story of McGrath’s Bakehouse as told by owners and bakers Kevin & Melinda McGrath; JUST A TASTE features a tasting table with samples of regional baked goods from: Gettysburg Baking Co., McGrath’s Bakeshop, Bakewell Farm, and Gateau Monique; The WORLD of FLATBREADS is a hands-on demonstration for making flat breads. Children and parents learn that in many regions throughout the world, and in many cultures, breads are flat! All activities above will be staged in and around the Sterner Building from Noon to 4:00 pm.

Bakewell Farm’s dear friend and major contributor, Trale Broudy, will help to moderate a table discussion about Bakewell Farm’s mission to “Bake Bread Build Community.” Our objective is to engage in a conversation about the organizing efforts of Bakewell Farm. How does the act of making bread meet the need for community and what is involved in becoming a community bread baker?

An insert with the activities and a timetable will be included in the Heritage Festival event flyer that is available at the. We are grateful to have the generous support, faith and guidance for participation in this year’s Heritage Festival from Wellspan Health, Gettysburg, the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County and The Interfaith Center for Social Justice. Hope to see you all there!

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