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Know Your Baker

Neighbourhood bakers play a hugely positive role in their communities. One that goes far beyond basic nourishment. Their stories deserve to be heard.

The Rise Up! Podcast is a celebration of bakers, the bakeries they create and the people they serve.

Join Mark Dyck as he talks with bakers and bakery owners from across North America and around the world. Hear about their struggles and triumphs and learn about the satisfaction that feeding a community can provide.

Nov 13, 2019

Daniel Leader is founder of Bread Alone Bakery and author of three outstanding books on bread and bakeries (in addition to being one of Mark's baking heroes!)

His latest book, Living Bread, continues to inform local bakers via innovations in European baking and milling.

In this episode, Mark and Daniel talk about the...

Nov 6, 2019

Laura Valli is taking a long and winding path to her education, whether she's in school or out. She recently left her home in Estonia to study at The Bread Lab at Washington State University and is exploring the deep connection between humans and grains.

In this episode, Mark learns about life in Estonia, Laura's world...

Oct 30, 2019

After leaving the Navy, Amanda Bowers moved to Gainesville, Florida to open a cafe like the ones she loved in Italy.  Instead of the cafe, however, she built several iterations of her bakery over 10 years. It's now a dedicated wholesale bakery serving cafes around town.

In this episode, Mark and Amanda talk about her...

Oct 23, 2019

Anne Mayhew loves working with her hands. Starting as a costumer and fibre artist, she eventually fell under gluten's spell and started baking bread.  A loaf, then two, then 24 at a time before she realized she really should start a bakery.

In this episode, Mark and Anne talk about her long and winding road toward...

Oct 16, 2019

If the last episode of Rise Up! was about fantasy (Ep 73 - the Fantasy BakeryCast) then this episode is about the reality of opening your own bakery.

Cindy and Mark, partners in Orange Boot Bakery in Regina, Saskatchewan, reflect on their experience launching and running their own bakery.   They draw on the perspective...