Riverside Bakery

community-supported bakery

Our team

Currently kneading the Stirling bread world:

Rosi

Baker, director (2019 onwards)

Rosi's pictureWhen I arrived in Stirling to study Sociology and Film in 2014, one of the first things I realised I needed to figure out is how to source good bread. Having grown up in Vienna, Austria, with bread as a real staple in my diet, I was used to a wide variety of wholesome sourdough loaves to be available to me at all times. I arrived at a good time – Théo, Nils and Tom were already head to toe in the dough, and Riverside Bakery was in the making. I quickly became one of the bakery’s keenest supporters, firstly simply out of a personal need for bread, but gradually I realised that this was about something bigger, and my eyes were opened to a whole range of issues that were more to do with politics than simply with eating. Realising that this was a project I wanted to put my time and energy into, I started volunteering both as a bicycle delivery person and a baker. I gained a real sense of purpose from my involvement with the bakery, and doing something with my hands was extremely rewarding and something I didn’t get to experience very much as a university student. At the time it was mainly Théo doing the baking, and as I became more confident I started replacing him for entire shifts and so the apprentice volunteer became and employee. Then, early 2020, Théo and Ahley decided to leave Stirling and I excitedly agreed to take on the bakery with the commitment to keep Théo’s, Nils’, Tom’s and Ashley’s dream going with the same ethos an

Nicola

Baker (2020 onwards)

Nicola's pictureI’m an Italian fella obsessed with good food and good bread. I grew up in a small town in the Alps, where growing your own food and baking your own bread was the norm – fresh, delicious, homemade bread was always available at home and I’ve been kneading since I was tall enough to reach the counter standing on a chair. Although I had been baking for a long time, it was not until I came to Scotland in 2017 that I dared to explore the world of sourdough baking, an art that had always been surrounded by a veil of mystery for me, but also one I quickly embraced as soon as I received some 3-generations old sourdough starter from a sourdough baking workshop at the Green and Blue Space. When I first started experimenting with sourdough it was all about the new texture and flavour of the bread and the technicalities involved with sourdough baking but soon after that I realised that there was more to it. I realised that just like growing our own food back home, sourdough baking and supporting local farmers and mills was an act of rebellion and a step in the right direction for a more sustainable future. So I started sharing my sourdough starter and bread knowledge with all my friends and family, watched how it brought people together and how their enthusiasm spread across communities. Some of it travelled all the way to Bogotá, Colombia. Just before Théo left, I started volunteering as a baker at Riverside Bakery, where I really boosted my baking skills and met with wonderful people. After a few months of being a keen volunteer and apprentice, I took on the role of Menstrual Man and officially became an employee in September 2020.

Former bakers

Théo

Baker, director, co-founder 2014-2020
Baking up a storm in Lyon, France

Théo pictureI have been making bread since I arrived in Stirling as a student in 2011. Starting to make my own sourdough bread has been a true eye opener to the whole topic of food systems and sustainability. Along this path, I have met fantastic people and discovered fascinating projects like Bread Matters, Scotland the Bread and more.
A milestone in my development as a community supported baker was taking part in the 2014 ‘Baking for Community’ course at Bread Matters. These 4 days opened up new horizons and truly decided me to work towards a community-supported bakery project. Since then I ran Bread workshops, baked for community events, and started the Riverside Bakery Project with Nils and Tom.
Bread making, in addition to being a great tangible and practical skill, has got this incredible power to bring people together, it is also an opportunity to offer something different to the those around you, it is simple in its making, easy to give, and yet has such complex implications!
The whole bakery project has been a great adventure and I’m excited to see it continue

Ashley

Director, apprentice baker, market lady and social media fairy 2014-2020

Ashley pictureThe resident lady-baker, I am a Canadian lass whose big loves in life include eating good bread, cycling in mountains, and hanging out with rare-breed sheep.
I'm a passionate advocate for a re-imagined Scottish food system. A food system that has thriving farmers and food producers at it's centre, one that builds vibrant communities and produces food for people that is ecologically and socially just. My professional background is in community engagement surrounding sustainable food – with a hefty dose of innovative gardening and farming thrown in too.
My interest in Real Bread began when I moved to the UK, and chanced upon Andrew Whitley's book “Bread Matters”. Although I had been sustainable-food-obsessed for a good number of years before that, I didn't realise just how far modern bread had veered off of its original course – from being a simple, nutritious part of the UK diet, one that requires no funny additives and just flour, water, salt, culture, and time – to something I wouldn't necessarily call bread today!
I started working for the Food Education at Stirling university (FEAST) project at Stirling University Students' Union in the summer of 2014. It was here I met Théo, Tom and Nils, and started to learn about the wondrous process of sourdough bread making, and getting to taste all their amazing bread creations. From the beginning, I was always the fledgling home bakery's biggest advocate - evidenced by myself enthusiastically and constantly talking everyone’s ear off about sourdough and the bakery!

Nils

Baker, director, co-founder 2014-2016

Nils pictureThe German side of the Riverside Bakery, he has been involved from the start, bringing time, hard work, great ideas, and laughter to the project. Nils has been involved with many an agricultural projects around the world, and studied environmental sciences at Stirling University, as well as running garden session with the F.E.A.ST permaculture garden at the university. Find our more about Nils’ other projects on his blog.

Tom

Baker, co-founder 2014-2015
Current website caretaker, residing in beautiful Switzerland

Tom pictureComing from the Czech Republic where amazing and affordable bread is (or rather used to be) readily available in any little corner shop, delivered daily from local bakeries, living in the US and UK was sometimes a bit of a nightmare for me. From the bread point of view that is. Well, what better solution than to start making my own? In September 2014 I moved in with Théo and Nils and from our mutual passion for food, baking and bread developed the Riverside Bakery. All these years later I'm of course still making my own bread every week!