We completed construction of the oven in August 2012. The oven is located in Michaëlle Jean Park overlooking the Red River. The Community Oven is a 20 loaf capacity, wood-burning oven. It can bake pretty much anything a standard oven can bake. With one fire we can bake up to 40 loaves of bread and dinner for the evening.
We see the Community Oven continuing to engage the community in a different conversation around healthy food and food security, as well as bringing the community together in a fun and interesting way.
The mosaic project to decorate the outside of the oven was done by youth from the community under the leadership of Leah Decter, the community artist who started the community oven, and with the involvement and support of Graffiti Art Gallery. The youth consulted the community, including women from the women’s centre onthe design to decorate the outside of the oven. Then the young people then spent the summer turning the ideas into a design, learned the skills needed to turn the design into a tile mural, and tiled the entire outside of the oven.
Pizza Nights in Point Douglas - Sponsored by different community businesses.
Community Kitchen - We have an established Community KitchenProgram that will use the oven for some of its cooking.
Community Oven - To complement our current Community Oven sessions
Bakers’ Co-op - Community members are exploring the possibility of starting a bread baking coop.
Community Events - We are able to host community events at the oven
Community Use - Any community member can book the oven free of charge at the Women’s Centre.
Oven Rentals: People outside the community are able to book the oven when it is free but a fee will be charged.