Building a Backyard Oven

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Building a Backyard Oven

June 15 @ 10:00 am - June 16 @ 4:00 pm

$150 – $250

*This sliding scale registration is designed to make attendance as accessible as possible to people with different financial resources, while also ensuring that costs are covered. The recommended price is $190 for MOFGA members; $210 for non-members. Registration is free for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) community members and those enrolled in the MOFGA Journeyperson program.

Wood-fired earth ovens make it possible to bake wonderfully crusty breads, pizzas, and much more. In this hands-on, two-day workshop: instructor Jesse Stevens will lead participants through the process of building an outdoor oven, giving participants the skills and confidence to build their own. The workshop will cover design considerations, materials sourcing, mix recipes, heat management, baking methods, and other aspects of construction and usage. Day 1 focuses on constructing the dome of the oven. Day 2 involves building the insulation layer and plastering.


About the instructor: Jesse Stevens has 17 years of experience building and operating wood-fired ovens of both cob and brick. Past projects have ranged from backyard settings to commercial restaurants and farms. Jesse also operates Sy’s Trees, a nursery and diversified orchard in Sweden, Maine that specializes in growing fruit including figs, haskap, and kiwiberries.

About the location: Patch Farm is a diversified veggie and fruit farm with a love of storage crops and perennials, located in Denmark, ME. You can learn more about them and their growing operation here.

Food & Accommodations: Patch Farm’s generous sharing of space includes 20 acres of open field where participants can walk and take breaks as needed, outhouse bathrooms (indoor available if needed), a makeshift outdoor shower, and camping available to participants on site. There are nearby hotels and Air BnBs for those who wish to find indoor sleeping arrangements.

An indoor space can be made available for sensory breaks and lactation if needed. Please note that the site does have two dogs who may bark at night, and one who roams the farm freely.

Patch Farm will also provide meals made primarily from food grown on the farm — lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast and lunch on Sunday. Participants are encouraged to bring some snacks or food to share with others, too!

Schedule: Day 1 (6/15) runs from 10 am – 5 pm. Day 2 (6/16) runs from 9 am – 4 pm.

Questions? Email [email protected]

pizza cooking in brick oven


June 15 @ 10:00 am
June 16 @ 4:00 pm
$150 – $250
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Patch Farm
Denmark, ME + Google Map
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