Members of the HBA have recognized that there is strength in collaboration as we seek to accomplish the mission of HBA: Advocate for increased home baking by providing tools and knowledge to perpetuate generations of home bakers. Our staff and membership work collectively to leverage our resources in a manner that no individual company is able to do. By "teaching the teachers" and providing resources to a range of educators that include:
- Anyone who teachers or fosters home baking skills
- Family and consumer sciences teachers in middle and secondary schools
- Family and consumer sciences extension educators
- After-school and community youth program educators
- Education trade media
The teaching of baking principles and skills promotes a wide range of STEM learning, can emphasize teamwork and family values, and equips young people with skills that can enrich their lives as they grow to practice home baking.
Much of HBA's continuing success is due to our talented and dedicated staff. Both Charlene Patton and Sharon Davis are highly trained Family and Consumer Science professionals with vast experience in education, foods and nutrition, and related businesses. Their creative approach and industry experience allows great synergy for HBA members as the association annually reaches over a million educators who in turn reach tens of millions!
The past year of HBA activities have been highlighted by:
• Dough Sculpting 101 video production
• FCCLA@theTable Resource Directory
• The Family Dinner Project Twitter Chat
• Bake for Family Fun Month
• Homebaking.org - 527,363 visitors
• Monthly e-newsletter - 26,866 subscribers
• Blog Views - 407,676
National events and partnerships:
• Association of Career & Technical Education Conference
• National Afterschool Association Webinar
• National Festival of Breads
• Parents as Teachers Conference
• NASCO middle and high school lessons
• Family, Career, Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)
• National Association of Family & Consumer Sciences
• Wheat Foods Council
• Whole Grains Council
• State Family and Consumer Sciences Conferences
If you are an educator, we hope you will find the resources of the HBA to be valuable tools as you seek to develop skilled, resourceful, and intelligent men and women who can impact their families and their world in positive ways. Certainly, the activities promoted in our HBA resources are complementary to the study of math, science, and communications, and leads students to master a set of specific skills that allow them to better understand and enjoy home baking and to pass the family and social benefits of home baking to their families and friends.
If you are an author interested in home baking, please contact our staff to learn more about our Writers Guild and how you can both benefit from and contribute to the HBA Vision and Mission
If your company does business in the home baking category and would like to learn more about how the HBA can help your company maximize your home baking related business, please contact our staff, Charlene Patton and/or Sharon Davis. They will be pleased to provide more information about HBA and its benefits to members as we seek to reach our long term objective "to increase the frequency and appreciation of home Baking." Our strength is the collaboration of our members and we encourage you to join with us.
We look forward to a year of continued impact as we work together to grow the practice of home baking.
Sam Garlow, HBA President
Shawnee Milling Company, Senior Vice President