Bakerman - Organic Community Bakery

by Dan Booth in Darlington, England, United Kingdom

Total raised £4,020

raised so far



To provide Darlington and surrounding area with its own organic, community bakery, offering'real', healthy bread and other baked products.

by Dan Booth in Darlington, England, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 13th July 2020 we'd raised £3,560 with 55 supporters in 28 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

 New stretch target

We already have a small deck oven called a Rofco. It is able to bake about 12 loaves at a time. If we reach our initial target, we would love to continue fundraising in order to purchase a second Rofco oven and a few other bits of extra equipment (baking trays, tins, proving baskets etc). This will allow us to produce a wider range of products as well as a larger number of loaves each day.

'Real' Bread for the Community

I am a national award-winning artisan baker with a passion for 'real' bread - sourdough is my speciality. 

Not only is 'real' bread (i.e. containing only natural ingredients and made without the addition of additives such as dough improvers or preservatives) much tastier than its mass-produced conterparts, it's also healthier, more easlily digestable and more environmentally sustainable.

A Heart for the Disadvantaged

I also have a heart for disadvantaged young people and in a previous role as a head baker have learned that a communiuty bakery environment is an ideal environment in which they can acquire work-based skills, work experience and life skills. Baking is also therapeutic and calming and the sense of achievement gained builds self esteem and self confidence.

A Community Bakery for All

My ulltimate vision therefore is to create an organic community bakery-cafe in my home town of Darlington, producing real bread, pizzas and other baked products. I want to promote the real bread cause at the bakery and throughout the town, as well as championing local organic produce and create a sense of community involvement in the project.

Other local producers of organic, sustainable food will be very much involved and will have the opportunity to promote and sell their produce at the bakery.

At the bakery we will provide valuable work-based skills and work experience to vulnerable young adults, referred to us from various local community groups.

During the Coronavirus lockdown there has been a massive upsurge of interest in home baking, particularly in sourdough bread. But sourdough can be tricky for the inexperienced, and as a professional baker I've received numerous requests for help and advice from local home bakers. We will also therefore be providing breadmaking classes at Bakerman.

The First Stage

I have already set up a social enterprise as a Community Interest Company (registered as Baker People CIC). The first stage of the Bakerman project will be to set up a 'mico-bakery' in order to prove and refine the concept. This will involve acquiring and equipping small premises in Darlington town centre in order to supply the local community with high quality bread on a commercial basis. Once this is up and running I'll then begin providing the home-baking courses and will develop the structured learning programmes for the disadvantaged young adults I'll be tutoring. We'll also start engaging with other local organic food producers to discuss the various ways they can be involved.

At this point we'll be ready to begin planning the roll-out of the Bakerman bakery-cafe.

How We Will Use the Money Raised?

We will use the money raised from this project to set-up and 'kit-out' our new community micro-bakery. This will involve buying a new spiral dough mixer, a large bakery fridge, work benches and lots of smaller pieces of equipment we need before we can start to bake (i.e. scales, proving baskets, baking trays, racks, etc.)

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This project offered rewards

£10 or more

Loaf of Sourdough

Spare us a tenner to help support a great new community bakery? In return, when we open, there'll be a fresh loaf of sourdough waiting for you to collect.

£25 or more

Bakerman T-shirt

Pledge £25 today and we'll reward you with an exclusive, not to be found in the shops, organic cotton Bakerman T-shirt.

£50 or more

12 Weeks of Sourdough

Pledge £50 today and we'll reward you with a 12 week sourdough subscription. Get a fresh loaf of sourdough delivered to your doorstep, once a week for 12 weeks once we open. (Only available if you live in Darlington or Hurworth)

£150 or more

Sourdough Breadmaking Class

Pledge £150 today and we're inviting you to our little bakery for a day of sourdough baking. Ever wanted to learn how to make sourdough bread but didn't know where to start? Well we'll teach you. Learn how to make and look after your own sourdough starter as well as making delicious sourdough bread. Lunch, your own starter and all the bread we make included.

£200 or more

Sourdough for a Year

For the ultimate bread lover... Pledge £200 and recieve a fresh loaf of Bakerman sourdough delivered to your house, once a week, for a whole year!

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