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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.

Aug 21, 2019

Mac McConnell is a much admired teacher and baking instructor who made the leap to opening his own bakery.  From their facility in Mountain View, California, Mac, his wife Jaime (the midwife) and their crew serve markets and coffee shops all over the Bay Area.

In this wide ranging conversation, Mark and Mac talk about...

Aug 14, 2019


When Jennifer Haglund and Mark Bogard work the bread shift at Josey Baker Bread, they're making the good stuff for people in the Bay Area. But soon they'll be taking their skills and ideas to the Midwest, to open their own bakery in Michigan.

In this episode, they share their journey so far and their dreams for a...

Aug 7, 2019

If you get John Reid talking about good bread and local grain economies, be prepared for a hearty, robust conversation. John's vast experience as a baker, oven builder and grain advocate has taken him from his small town outside Melbourne Australia to as far away as Canada, the USA and the UK in his quest to learn and...

Jul 31, 2019

When Mark learned of Rosie Gray's adventure cycling from Scotland to Belgium and working at bakeries along the way, he just had to learn more.

He caught up with Rosie one sunny summer afternoon, leaning against a tree, in a campground outside Genk, Belgium, after she finished a baking shift.  During this entertaining...

Jul 24, 2019

Emily Cayer is bringing a lifetime of wildlife conservation and a love of nature to the baking community, through her new collaborative venture, We Knead Nature.

Emily is organizing farmers, millers, bakers and brewers to ensure we are all giving back to the source of our great grains, nature itself.

In this episode,...