We are proud to be part of our community of farmers, writers, families, teachers, makers, and artisans.
Our biggest and most important resource.
Our most important resource is our community: each other, bread friends, farmers, animals and microbial partners, and neighbors. We strive to make our work humane, full of art and joy, and non-exploitative.
As bakers, community members, and concerned citizens of planet Earth, we try at very least to show up. We work with local organizations that further the causes we believe in.
We support local initiatives to get good food to folks who can't afford it.
And we donate bread, breadshares, and baking classes to community projects we support: Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming, Tompkins County Worker's Center, Ithaca Welcomes Refugees, Planned Parenthood, Amnesty International, Southside Community Center, Cayuga Chamber Ensemble, the Advocacy Center, Healthy Food For All, Hospicare, Trumansburg Public Library, local arts groups, and others.
This is an ongoing effort. If you are interested in working with us, please be in touch.
BREAK BREAD, NOT SHALE
Here in the Finger Lakes, the movement to stop the exploitation of shale gas has been strong. A few years ago, on January 23, 2012, all of us- farmers, millers, and bakers- went to Albany with Sandra Steingraber and thousands of others to protest shale gas exploitation.
Click here for the full speech.
"With this bread we say: take the long view; pay attention to the health of the soil and nourish it; treasure pure water; remember the value of your community and keep it whole. If something must be broken, let it be this bread, not shale. Break bread, not shale!"
MORE SHALE GAS PROTESTS
We've been involved in many other shale gas protests since, and our arrest record is getting pretty long. For the past couple of years, Stef and several others have been arrested protesting the Crestwood Gas Compression Station on Seneca Lake.
Back in 2011, as you remember, Wall Street was rocked by the OCCUPY movement. It was a local protest, but it addressed global issues of inequality around the world. We know it wasn’t perfect, but we were moved by the protest and the occupation- by the courage of the protesters, their values, and their articulation.
When we realized that they would be there for many days, surrounded by police cordon, we decided to help out as best we could. We joined together with what seemed like every food producer and farmer in the Finger Lakes to fill a truck with food and drive it down to the Occupy kitchens.
That action brought us threatening phone calls, spam attacks, and a deep sense of just far people would go to shut down ideas they don't agree with. The conservative blogosphere had a good time with us. We even turned up in a high-school level quiz in Virginia (go figure!). We were sure, then and now, that we were doing the right thing.