This national scheme works to pair professional Real Bread bakers with local primary schools to pass bread making skills on to the next generation.
Free to download now from http://www.realbreadcampaign.org/, the accompanying Lessons in Loaf handbook goes beyond the fun and practical life skill of baking, containing lesson plans, recipes, information and ideas to help teachers get children at Key Stage 2 thinking and asking questions about the food they eat, where it comes from and how it is made.
Campaign ambassador Tom Herbert of Hobbs House Bakery, recently seen as a member of the chamber of commerce on BBC One's Turn Back Time: the High Street, and his own BBC Four documentary, In Search of a Perfect Loaf, said:
“I just ran a Lesson in Loaf at my local primary school and it was fantastic to see their faces light up and with messy hands to really get what Real Bread is all about.”
Lynn Harrison, Head Teacher of Culgaith School in Cumbria, who also took part in the pilot phase of the scheme added: “The children had a great time and lots of fun! We now have plans in the spring term to run a community-wide bread-making day using the children as co-experts.”
Where the Campaign has found a professional Real Bread baker volunteering to teach a bread making class, it contacts schools that are local to the bakery to pass on this offer. As an alternative, the handbook includes advice to a teacher on running Lessons in Loaf with the help of a bread maker from within the school's own community.
Part of Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming, and funded by the Big Lottery Fund's Local Food programme, the Real Bread Campaign champions locally produced loaves and finds ways to make bread better for us, better for our communities and better for the planet.
You can find further information about the Campaign, its work and how to become a member at http://www.realbreadcampaign.org/
Local Food: has been developed by a consortium of 15 national environmental organisations, and is managed on their behalf by the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts (RSWT). Supported by the Big Lottery Fund's Changing Spaces programme, Local Food has distributed grants to a variety of food related projects to make locally grown food more accessible. http://www.localfoodgrants.org/
The Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts (RSWT): is a registered charity, incorporated by Royal Charter, to promote conservation and manage environmental programmes throughout the whole of the UK. It has established management systems for holding and distributing funds totalling more than £20 million annually to environmental projects across the UK.
The Big Lottery Fund's Changing Spaces programme was launched in November 2005 to help communities enjoy and improve their local environments. The programme funds a range of activities from local food schemes and farmers markets, to education projects teaching people about the local environment.
The Big Lottery Fund, the largest of the National Lottery good cause distributors, has been rolling out £2 million in Lottery good cause money every 24 hours to health, education, environment and charitable causes across the UK. http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/.
The Sheepdrove Trust provides generous annual funding to the Campaign.
Real Bread Campaign: The Real Bread Campaign finds and shares ways to make bread better for us, better for our communities and better for the planet. Whether your interest is local food, community-focussed small enterprises, honest labelling, therapeutic baking, or simply tasty toast, everyone is invited to become a Campaign supporter.
Sustain advocates food and agriculture policies and practices that enhance the health and welfare of people and animals, improve the working and living environment, promote equity and enrich society and culture.
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