Pioneer Valley Bread House Connects Community
The Pioneer Valley Bread House brings the transformative experience of communal bread-baking to Northampton, MA. On Tuesday, September 24th, from 4-6pm, bread-lovers of all ages are invited to make and share bread with others at the generously donated kitchen space of the B’nai Israel Temple (253 Prospect Street in Northampton). The event is free and open to everyone. Gluten free breads are also made. Then on Monday, October 14th from 4-6pm, the PVBH will celebrating World Bread Day, also at the B’nai Israel Kitchens in Northampton.
The Pioneer Valley Bread House (PVBH) organizes bread-making events as fun and creative community activities. “We need joy and we knead joy,” says Nadezhda Savova, founder of the global Bread Houses Network, in a recent interview for National Geographic.
“The Breadhouse can be a vital connecting point for all members of our community. We all have something to contribute: a recipe, a story, a song, a smile, and knowledge of how to better use our local resources. You don’t have to be a baker or a talented artist. Just show up and enjoy the company of others and the creation of bread,” says Dr. Leda Cooks who is one of the co- founders of the PVBH and a University of Massachusetts Professor of Communication…
“Bread House around the world show that this is a viable model for community development and dialogue. It is both simple and revolutionary, because it relies plainly on people being together, on differences brought in and around the material and fun practices of baking and sharing bread. We hope for a similar development in the Valley,” says Lily Herakova, a co-founder of PVBH.
The PVBH is only the second Bread House in the U.S. and offers unique opportunities for local and global connections to anyone in the community. The PVBH is part of the Global Bread Houses Network and the International Council for Cultural Centers (I3C), both of which were established by Dr. Nadezhda Savova as ways and physical spaces to bring people together around the art and nourishment of something most everyone shares – bread. The organizations are also part of the larger BREAD Movement (Bridging Resources for Ecological and Art Development). The BREAD Movement has received recognition from and is connected to key world organizations, such as UNESCO, the EU, and the Slow Food Movement.
For more information visit blogs.umass.edu/breadhouse.
- Submitted by Liliana Herakova