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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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Sep 29, 2021

When Sarah Gonzalez moved from California to Tennessee, she found a community in desperate need of baked goods.  So she started feeding people, through farmers markets, a retail bakery and now with a cookbook and baking classes.

In this episode, Mark and Sarah talk about how Spring Hill Bakery burst on the scene in her...

Sep 22, 2021

Jamie Alexis was going to be a lawyer and a judge before she realized it was more rewarding (and tastier) to feed The People instead.  She opened Suga Brown Pastries and Catering in 2017 and hasn't looked back, making a splash at events throughout LA County.

In this episode, Mark learns some of the ins and outs of...

Sep 16, 2021

From August 2019, Mark's conversation with John Reid, baker and owner of Red Beard Historic Bakery in Australia and one of the organizers of the 2019 Grainz Gathering.

John died on September 16, 2021 at age 58.

Memorial information can be found

Sep 15, 2021

Eric Pallant is an avid baker and bread head and is the author of the new book "Sourdough Culture: a history of bread making from ancient to modern bakers."  The book is both a love story to sourdough baking and an entertaining account of bread baking throughout history.

In this episode, Mark and Eric take a deep dive...

Sep 8, 2021

Chris Young is on a mission.  As Coordinator of the Real Bread Campaign, he wants to make bread better for us, for our communities and for the planet.  

In this episode, Mark and Chris discuss the history of the #RealBread campaign, how they are advocating for improved package labelling for bread products, supporting...