Gabrovo Bread House and Social Enterprise at Uzana Fest

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Last weekend, Gabrovo Bread House and Social Enterprise participated in an eco-sustainability festival at Uzana in Central Bulgaria, selling home-made bread and promoting the concept of slow food. During the festival, the team also had the chance to talk to local bakers and festival-goers about their opinion of bread. Let’s take a look at what they said:

“I love bread, especially white bread. My mother and sister sometimes bake bread at home. The idea of bread-making workshop is great and I’d love to join!” – Stefan, South of Uzana

“Yes I love bread and my favorite is black wheat bread. I sometimes bake bread with my family. I think bread-making workshops are great and it’s good for people in the community.” – Dora, Gabrovo

“We eat bread every day. We usually just buy it from the shops because we don’t have time to make our own bread. If time permits, we would definitely love to join the bread-making workshops.” – Savina and Miro, Sofia

“I eat bread every day and I try to bake my own bread if I have enough time. It’s healthier because you know what’s inside the bread.” – Tanya, Pleven

“I bake bread with my mother. We sing songs when making bread, infusing positive energy inside the bread and passing on love to whoever eats it.” – Iliana, Pleven

We also had the chance to speak with John Mulrow, business/industrial sustainability specialist and featured speaker at the Uzana Fest. They exchanged ideas about eco-sustainability and slow food, which has definitely provided lots of insights for the future work of Bread House.

Q: What is your definition of eco-sustainability?

A: The quantitative definition is the regenerative bio-capacity of the earth divided by the global population. Everyone should have a fair share of the earth and no individual is allowed to consumer more than this number, which is called the global hectare.

Q: How do you as an individual live a sustainable life?

A: I worked in Zambia and Southern Africa with the UN Refugee Agency for half a year. There were very few resources, but it was an awesome experience which makes me realize that one can do a lot with very little. However, this kind of lifestyle had not been possible when I returned to the United States, but I have picked up some good habits such as using handkerchiefs and biking instead of driving. I realize that I have to stop being an “eco-virtuist” and doing everything right in my daily life, but doing things that the system allows me doing easily. It’s all about striking a balance between living your values and doing the work of changing the system.

Q: What is your opinion on slow food?

A: Slow food is a standard way of sharing values, rules and methodologies. But I sometimes feel that some slow food groups are more like “foodie groups”, like people of a different social class sitting together to enjoy good food.

Q: What do you think about the concept of Bread House?

A: Social enterprise is awesome and it would be great for everyone to eat real bread rather than the crappy bread from the grocery stores, but the amount of bread we need to offset the factory-made bread is incredible. But I think this model could scale up to that, with the collaboration of different parties.

Announcing a Fundraising Campaign for the Plovdiv Bread House

We are proud to announce that we have recently launched an Indiegogo Campaign to raise money for our Plovdiv Bread House! We are currently in need of funds to renovate a 150 year old bakery in Plovdiv’s Old City in order to be able to establish a community cultural center. Any and all donations are welcome, and we encourage you to share this campaign with friends and family to help spread the word. For more information about the project and to contribute, please click HERE.

Thank you for your support, without which, none of this would be possible. When we make our bread, it takes a combination of ingredients to come together to create a final product. Similarly, it will take the collective effort of many individuals to be able to accomplish our goal!

Gabrovo Bread House and Social Enterprise Visit Sliven Festival

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During the last weekend in June, the team at the Bread House and social enterprise in Gabrovo visited an artisan foods and crafts festival in Sliven, Bulgaria, to spread the word about our program and connect with other like-minded individuals. Set on top of a mountain overlooking the plains of Southern Bulgaria, it was a festival full of interesting and unique projects dedicated to producing goods with the utmost skill and care, from artisan cheeses to jewelry to pastries. At our own booth, we had information about the Bread Houses Network projects and our social enterprise, as well as a ton of our traditional sourdough to sell. Needless to say, it was a hit, and we just about sold out by the end of the weekend. We also met lots of new friends and  supporters, and had a ton of fun while promoting the mission of the Bread Houses Network.

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The first in the world mobile bread house

The first in the world mobile bread house was launched in Princeton on May 25th: it is planned to go global from there and be built in the other countries where the bread houses network has planted seeds.

More information: http://www.centraljersey.com/.

Please visit The MOBILE Bread House to learn more about building and planning the first Mobile Bread House.