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Baking Classes at the Wide Awake Bakery

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Baking Classes at the Wide Awake Bakery

Hi Everyone,

I wanted to let you know that we've just scheduled a series of baking classes for the coming year. We're in upstate NY, a few miles from Ithaca. You can read more about us, and about the classes, at our website




A  Shortcourse on Breadmaking with Locally Grown Grains—Encore!


Four sessions available:

Saturday • April 26th • 8am - 6pm

Saturday • June 14th • 8am - 6pm

Saturday • August 23rd • 8am – 6pm

Saturday • October 25th • 8am – 6pm


Back by popular demand, bakers Stefan Senders and Hope Rainbow of Wide Awake Bakery will again offer intensive, one-day courses on baking with locally grown and milled wheat.  They’ll share insights and techniques that stem from their collaboration with local farmers and a new milling enterprise, Farmer Ground Flour. The course will include practice in the wood-fired bakery working with flours from the local mill, discussion of best practices in baking with “challenging” flours, and an introduction to baking with the ancient grains einkorn, emmer, and spelt.  Plus, Stefan and Hope will share their experiences with their community-supported-bakery or Breadshare.

Here are comments from some of the participants who took the baking shortcourse last year:


  • “Loved the hands-on examples, learning by doing, hearing the passion people have for their work.  Wonderful day!”
  • “Took my fear away of using local wheat.”
  • “Outstanding approachability and knowledge base of the instructors! I am super inspired to put into practice what I've learned.”

This course is for artisan bakers, home bakers, farmers, millers, students—all those interested in experimenting with locally grown grain. Space is limited: we have room for 16 participants per session. Cost for the course is $195, which includes breakfast and lunch, handouts on best baking practices and working with local grains, and samples of flour made from locally grown wheat and ancient grains. A limited number of scholarships are available for students and for farmers interested in developing on-farm bakeries.


To register, apply for a scholarship, or for more information, direct your browser to and click on “Baking Classes.” For more details, call 607-279-7311 (but remember, we’re probably hard at work in the bakery, and we might not have time for a long conversation!) The Wide Awake Bakery is located at 4361 Buck Hill Road South, Trumansburg, NY 14886, about 10 miles west of Ithaca, NY. You can learn more about the bakery at


We created this shortcourse with help from the Organic Growers’ Research and Information-Sharing Network (OGRIN) and earlier courses were funded in part by the USDA/OREI Grant

“Value-Added Grains for Local and Regional Food Systems.”