Sunday, March 04, 2007

Dan Leader, South African Whole Grain Bread Project

My new article is up on the Poughkeepsie Journal site about Boiceville baker Dan Leader and the South African Whole Grain Bread Project. He's developed a great program to help HIV/AIDS victims in South Africa.

Baker Doing His Part to Feed the World
Poughkeepsie Journal, Sunday, March 4, 2007
By Carolyn Torella

Ask 10 people what makes a "good loaf of bread" and you'll get 10 different answers. Ask a baker and he'll tell you it depends, of course, on what type of bread you're talking about.
Ask HIV/AIDS advocate Gail Johnson in Johannesburg, South Africa, and she'll likely tell you good bread is any bread made by Dan Leader, of Bread Alone Bakery.

At first glance, Leader's work as a baker might seem simple enough. Get to work early, combine wholesome ingredients, add love and patience, then sell your day's work; simple loaves of bread.

But very soon, Leader's work will take him far from the flour-dusted floors of his Boiceville bakery, to South Africa, on a journey that is anything but simple.

In early April, he will set up a bakery in Johannesburg through the South African Whole Grain Bread Project, or SAWGBP, a project conceived by Leader and his partners, retired physician Neil Ratner and his wife, Leann, of Woodstock. (read more...)


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