Community Gardens and Cob Ovens

They just seem to fit naturally together, don’t they?

Until the summer of 2015, only one outdoor oven existed in a community garden in Kitchener. That was Queen’s Greens Community Garden. Now, due to the efforts of the KW Cobbers, there are two new cob ovens in town.

I recently visited the new oven at the Mill Courtland Community Centre:

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The fire is started at the front of the oven until it gets going.

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This oven has a timber frame structure around it and a brick base for the oven itself.

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Once the fire gets going, add larger pieced of wood to heat the inside of the oven. Obviously, on very cold days, it will take a lot longer to hear the base and the thick oven walls.

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But it’s a good reason to gather on a frosty bright winter day!

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I like this space, but I think it needs more gathering space around it.

Willow Green in Cherry Park also constructed a cob oven with the help of the KW Cobbers group. You can see their documented process here.

Isn’t it wonderful?

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Willow Green Community Garden in Cherry Park

What do you think? Should we build one of these beside our community garden and rainwater harvesting structure? It would make a wonderful addition…

~Juanita 

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