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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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Jun 26, 2024

When we get tired and frustrated as bakery owners, we often fall into the trap of thinking of our employees as expenses and not assets and partners.  Luckily, there are resources like the Good Jobs Strategy to help us reset our thinking and put our employees at the forefront of our business success.

In this episode,...

Jun 19, 2024

Ian Herrington turned the turmoil of Covid into the catalyst to make the leap into bakery ownership.  Now Leavened, his elegant bakery / cafe in Cleveland is making a name for itself within the neighbourhood and for miles around.

In this episode, Mark and Ian talk about the quiet rhythms of a bake team working around...

Jun 12, 2024

Tom Moore loves starting new projects.  And the best thing is, they work.  His new bakery cafe, Tombo Eats on Yates Street in Victoria launched to huge buzz this year and is already one of the must visit spots downtown.

In this episode, Mark and Tom discuss the wild and crazy food journey Tom's been on since dropping...

Jun 5, 2024

Carlos Ruiz was a litigation lawyer and quickly found that the daily grind of destroying the opposition was killing him inside.  Baking and especially feeding his community was the antidote.

In this episode, Mark and Carlos talk about making the switch from law to the bakery life, making connections with teachers...