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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.

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Feb 24, 2021

Matt Sanger was seeking the balance between head work and hand work and found it in baking. He's built Round River Baking from a basement micro-bakery to a thriving retail bakery while continuing to find the right balance as he grows.

In this episode, two friends Mark and Matt catch up on what's happening at the bakery,...


Feb 17, 2021

Jane Mason is a Canadian who, ten years ago while living in London, founded Virtuous Bread, a course and network for micro-bakery owners the world over.  Now living in Mexico City, Jane and the Bread Angels are still going strong.

In this episode, Mark and Jane talk about Jane's career in high finance, life in Mexico...


Feb 10, 2021

Erin Kirley travelled the world thinking of farms and the environment before focusing in on baking, moving near her parents on the North Carolina coast and opening her bakery. Now she's building a rocking solo bakery serving Southport, Oak Island and as far afield as possible.

In this episode, Mark gets a virtual tour...


Feb 3, 2021

When David Morton moved to the southern tip of South Pender Island, he knew exactly where his oven would sit. It wasn't long before his cob oven was built and he started supplying bread for neighbours up and down the road. Now, when he's not swimming in the ocean or editing his novel, David is delivering his bread all...


Jan 27, 2021

Charlie Emers was a market gardener, but the outbuilding he had designed for vegetable storage was calling to him to be a bakery.  So he borrowed a mixer, bought an old oven and got to baking.  That was over 20 years ago and Patchwork Farm and Bakery is still going strong.

In this episode, Mark and Charlie finally chat...