Bake On! Community bread oven Fundraiser
August 19th, 6-10 pm
Sporty's Pub & Grill
Help: FairShare Farmers and SECIA are raising money to build a community bread oven. Tickets are $15 and get a burger basket and one glass of beer or beverage. There will be a live auction and other games. Tickets available at the garden (22nd & Fairmount Aves SE) on Mon/Wed at 6pm & Sat at 10am or at the SECIA office from 10am-3pm.. You do not need a ticket to attend. 
Click here for the Event page

The FairShare Farm gardeners and others in the Southeast Como neighborhood want to build a Community Bread Oven (works for pizza too). Gardeners cook – and bake. It comes with the territory. FairShare Farm gardeners would like to bake breads and pizzas at the garden and make that opportunity open to the greater community, further making our community garden an open-air community center and destination.


Our landlords like the idea of the oven, the garden has the space and the SECIA board has approved. It will be safe and secured when not used; and will be used only with trained fire starters present.

The oven is a community-building tool. It will bring people together so they get to know each other, learn to watch out for each other, and learn new skills from each other. Bread baking and sharing in community is a peaceful activity that meets a basic need for food, interaction, and learning.


And the oven will make a beautiful addition to the garden and the neighborhood.


Our intent is to build the oven ourselves, with expert leaders, just as we built the raised beds and the garden shed. This will provide another great hands-on learning activity for all interested. What we need now is the money, the expertise, and the training.


Our experts builders are Ramy Selim of Sunny Day Earth Solutions (SE Como) and Mark Morgan of Bearpaw Design & Construction (WI). Our oven will be similar to those built at the North House Folk School in Grand Marais, MN. Ramy and Mark will also teach us how to use the oven and bread baking classes with other experts will follow once the oven is built.


The oven build and the subsequent oven use will be open to people in the greater community. The fire starter and bread baking classes open to the gardeners, greater community members, and oven sponsors. The build itself is expected to be 5 days, the initial fire starter and bread baking classes will probably on the same day. Additional baking classes will be held as needed.

We need funding for:

  • Planning events to determine the final design. 
  • Materials for the oven build and simple storage 
  • Experts builders & instructors (Sunny Day and Bearpaw) 
  • Oven operating supplies 
  • Fire starter training 
  • Bread baking classes 
  • SECIA management: coordination of the build volunteers/students, scheduling, communications, etc.
  • Future maintenance and supplies

To Donate:

  • Buy a Ticket to Bake On! for $15 (or more) and hang out August 19th.
  • Send a check made out to SECIA with Bread Oven in the Memo.
  • Use a credit card or your PayPal account by clicking the button below: