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The outdoor bread oven is an element of our campus that we have desired to get back into working order for some time now. The oven was originally built six years ago by a former Waldorf staff member and alumnus parent, Kristen Fehlhaber. Unfortunately, it has succumbed to the elements after a few winters. Now, through the ongoing efforts of Linda Wrinn and the WCA, the oven project has been resurrected! With the help of an oven expert, Ollie Cleary, from Alprilla Farm in Essex, MA, the school has begun to confidently re-build the oven with so it will last well into the future. It will be made larger than it was before in order to accommodate pizzas, breads, and other baked goods at festivals and open houses.
All of the grades were involved in the construction process under the supervision of their teachers and Facilities Manager, Jack Hogan. The first/second grade class filled the base of the oven with sand and glass bottles; sixth grade laid the fire bricks on the base; early childhood students stomp mixed the core ingredients; the third and fifth grades built the sandcastle; and the seventh/eighth grade built the inner oven dome with the core. The grades will help build the door by putting their mathematical knowledge to practical use with the help of middle school math teacher, Deann Reyes-Wangh. The mixing of the cob and the construction of the finished dome will be completed the week of September 30th and is open to the community and facility to participate.
The school hopes that with some dry weather the oven will be ready for use during the Cultural Potluck Celebration on Friday, October 11th. (RSVP here) If you have any baking ideas, please contact the front office! A roof to cover the oven is the next important component of the project, which will help ensure the oven’s longevity, so keep your eyes posted for a third-grade building project in the near future!
Current photos and progress can be seen here and the ongoing story will be shared in upcoming newsletters.

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