11% of $20,000 goal
There is a little abandoned building at the corner of 3rd and Meyers in Kettle Falls, WA. You may have seen the strange looking mannequin in the window as you were driving by. That's Roger and he is watching the place until we are ready to open which hopefully, with your help, will happen in January 2024.
The "BreadHaus and Traditional Crafts Mill" is a collaboration between BREAD Encounters (a small start-up nonprofit with 501(c)3 status) whose mission is to drive positive social change through collective breadmaking activities and Boulder Creek Rustics. Boulder Creek Rustics is a local business whose owner Charles Lamica is also the sponsor and leader of the 1804 Youth Club which teaches traditional skills as used by the 1804 Lewis and Clarke expedition, to local youth. BREAD Encounters is a licensee of the Breadhouses Network , part of the International Council for Cultural Centers (I3C)
Both bread making (with a focus on sourdough) and traditional skills are deeply rooted in human history and culture and foster a sense of community. Sharing freshly baked bread and showcasing traditional crafts will bring people together, spark conversations and preserve cultural traditions.
Future projects for the "BreadHaus and Traditional Crafts Mill" include building a woodfired community bread oven with members of the community. This oven would be available at certain times to the community to bring their bread doughs, pizza doughs and other goods to-be baked while at the same time providing a space for community engagement.
Another future project will be a UK based program called "Bake Your Lawn (from seed to sandwich)" in collaboration with local grain farmers to lead local students through the process of planting, growing, harvesting, milling and eventually baking a loaf of bread from the flour of their harvest. This will help students have a better understanding of where their food comes from, especially bread, one of the main staples in the western diet.
Traditional handcrafting skills used to be handed down from generation to generation but many opportunities for learning these skills have been lost. Through our Traditional Crafts Mill we will offer classes in leather crafting, woodworking and blacksmithing which have all seen a resurgence of interest.
The space will also funtion as a weekly meeting place for the 1804 Youth Club
Some of our events and classes will be free to the community while others will be paid classes. We will always offer scholarships. We currently receive no public funding for this project and encourage you to contribute generously so that we may see this project come to fruition for the public benefit.