Already know about the oven project and want to skip to the donations section?
Imagine going to the park and doing this…
Thank you to the Park Avenue Community Oven and Lori McCarthy at Cod Sounds for generously sharing these videos with us.
our guiding Values
Our values were prepared by our 8 founding board members and from notes Adam and Duncan took from conversations with community members at the Wolfville Farmers’ Market. Everything we do will be lead by our values.
We strive to bring people together; generosity and gratitude are at the heart of what we do. We believe our web is stronger when we are connected. We aim to provide opportunities to share food and space, while slowing down and being present.
Inclusion and Diversity
We believe in wellness for all, including those who may feel under-served within our community. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend and participate at oven events. Our space is a place of kindness, respect, cooperation, and connection.
We believe in being accountable to each other, those we serve, and those who support our efforts - from financial transparency to staying true to our values and principles. We strive for order, effectiveness, and efficiency, with clear communication and organization at all levels.
Fun and adventure are intertwined with how we function as a community organization. We aim to provide opportunities for people of all ages to make and learn about food, so it can be incorporated into their daily lives. We value experimenting, expanding horizons, and trying new things; this can be exciting but also intimidating, so we’ve incorporated fun into all aspects of learning.
support the Front Street community oven project
As a not-for-profit society, we are raising funds to make the building three-season ready and to cover operating costs for 2019 community programming.
It will be located in the southwest corner of Robie Tufts Nature Park, 122 Front Street, Wolfville, NS. (the park beside the library).
The oven construction will start May 12, 2019, and take approximately 3-4 weeks.
From June to October 2019 there will be at least one free “open oven” day per week where the oven is running for 4-6 hours; at a regularly scheduled time. And that’s not all! We will also host 4 multi-cultural days at the oven, featuring flavours from around the world, AND you can soon book the oven for all kinds of family-, group-, and business-related events and gatherings.
funds go into the following areas
Oven and Building
Wood-Fired Oven and Shelter $9,312
Phase 2 :
Oven Shelter with All-Weather Enclosure and Kitchen Equipment $23,462
Yearly Operating Costs
Commercial Liability Insurance (up to $2500, variable depending on # of events/ year)
Fire Wood ($750/year, 1st year donated)
Repairs Fund ($300/year)
Weekly Open Ovens
Multi-cultural Oven Events
We’d love to make these events even more accessible and inclusive. For example, while we’ve received some funding for our multi-cultural events, with a larger grocery budget we could provide more food for the community.
- In January, we hosted a Pizza & Jazz fundraiser and raised money at our Wolfville Farmers’ Market booth, adding a total of $2,110 to our coffers.
- Just Us! Coffee Roasters Co-op donated $1000 to the building fund.
- Travis Mills donated Red cladding bricks for the outer oven walls, valued at $2,000.
- Travis Mills has also donated 100% of the labour we need to build the oven and the oven building.
- We received a $3000 grant from Eastern Kings Community Health Board to host 4 multi-cultural events at the oven this summer.
- Engineers, architects, designers, and builders have all volunteered their time to bring this project to life.
- Barnett Builders has donated a standing-seam metal roof and their time to install it.
- In 2018, the oven project was unanimously approved by Wolfville’s Town Council and we signed an agreement with them to build and operate this community space in Robie Tufts Nature Park.
- We’ve had incredible community support from the beginning, with official letters from: Wolfville Farmers’ Market, Blomidon Naturalists Society, Wolfville Business Development Corp. (WBDC), Town of Wolfville, Slow Food Nova Scotia, as well as mental health professionals, accessibility advocates, dieticians, and community development professionals.
- From the start, we met with organizations and key health professionals and researchers from various fields to ensure the space and our approach will meet our community values.
- We’ve created and registered a not-for-profit society; the project is now known as the Front Street Community Oven Society.
- We’ve put together a board and are gathering many volunteers for the coming season.
Join Our Unstoppable Community of Supporters
Phase 1 is well under way. We now invite you to donate towards Phase 2. All our supporters who donate $100 or more will be recognized on our supporter wall on the building. Donations of $500 or more can have a business name on the building on our supporter wall.
The best way to donate is online, using a credit card (look to the right or below). Or, you can send a cheque to: Front Street Community Oven Society, 2700 Greenfield Rd, Gaspereau, NS, B4P 2R1
Become an Oven Supporter
Choose your donation option and then click the donate button below
If you’d like to sponsor parts of the building or sponsor a program or event at the oven