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Yasnaya Polyana

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The Bakery Café will accomodate 60 people with additional seating outdoors. As well as serving visitors, the café will cater to meetings, and other activities that take place in the peaceful setting of Yasnaya Polyana.

The goal is to establish a world class operation that abides by International Health Organization guidelines and will help sustain the economic integrity of Yasnaya Polyana. Product from the bakery is expected to fulfill the needs of Yasnaya Polyana.

The Director and staff at Yasnaya Polyana will manage all operations within the new building. Initially, Canadian partners will assist by providing personnel training and technical support for the Bakery Café.

This project will provide employment to local people, improve the local economy, and offer services to visitors. It will help Yasnaya Polyana to become more self sufficient and less dependent upon government subsidies.

The Project will also create an opportunity for those who share Tolstoyan principles to expand peaceful, spiritual, cultural and economic ties with the family of Tolstoy, Yasnaya Polyana and by extension, Russia.


  • Sod turning ceremony September 1999
  • Construction started in the spring of 2004
  • Purchase/installation of equipment started in 2004 and continues in 2005
  • Operation of the Bakery Café is anticipated to begin July 2005

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