Category: Food activism

The mental heath benefits of baking bread

Baking bread is not for everyone all the time, but it is something we can all do some of the time. The fact that micro bakery businesses have been booming during the pandemic is proof that there is something about real bread. What has been even more striking, however, is that so many people have

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Improve your mental health by baking bread

We are beginning to prove conclusively that baking bread, at least in part by hand, has a positive impact on mental health.  Without scientific evidence, we at the global HQ of Virtuous Bread, the Bread Angels, and the thousands of people we have taught to bake bread over the years can give anecdotal evidence to

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Baking bread can improve mental health

We founded Virtuous Bread in 2010 to change the world through bread. Since that time many of the Bread Angels, and others associated with Virtuous Bread have baked in prisons and old people’s homes, street shelters and schools. We have baked for charity and in hospices to comfort the ill. Recently, one of the Bread

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The micro bakery course leads to growth and success

Many people love to bake, and they dream of setting up a baking business.  It’s hard, sometimes, to turn your dreams into reality.  There are doubts to overcome such as, “will my bread be good enough?”, “I know nothing about business.”, or “How on earth do I find customers?”  Everyone has at least one of

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Positive social change through bread

Problem solving tools are not meant to help people collaborate, care for each other, or engage productively with their families, communities, or organisations.  They are meant for situations in which generating hypotheses, gathering data and undertaking rigorous analysis are required – all of which need us to look backward to where the problem began and

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Virtuous Bread and the School of Artisan Food are thrilled to launch the Small Food Awards

The School of Artisan Food and Virtuous Bread are delighted to launch the first annual Small Food Awards. These awards will celebrate small, professional food producers in the UK who are often on the leading edge of innovation and excellence in the food industry. In 2016 we have five categories including chocolate, bread, charcuterie, cheese, and viennoiserie. Entrants must meet the following criteria:

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What is Bread Angels?

In 2010, realising I could not change the world alone, I developed and taught the first microbakery course.  I designed the course to help budding entrepreneurs, set up their own bread businesses, and structured it along three main content areas: bread, sales and marketing, and admin and logistics. Hundreds of people have now completed the

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Baking bread with prisoners at The Clink

Over the years Virtuous Bread and the Bread Angels have been baking bread with prisoners.  It all started about four years ago in The Clink restaurant in a prison in Highdown prison in Sutton, Surrey.  We are still active there and Bread Angel Gaye Whitwam has taken over from me to teach sourdough baking to

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What is in your bag of bread?

Do you think about the bread that you eat?  Have you read the label?  Is there a label to read?  If not, is there someone at the shop with whom you can discuss your bread? These are serious questions.  Have a look at the ingredients in a bag of flour: You would be forgiven for

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