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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.

Oct 9, 2019

Rise Up! is back after a longer than anticipated hiatus. 

In this episode, Mark gives an update on their move out West. 

Later, his wife Cindy runs Mark through a series of questions (developed during the drive to Vancouver Island) to help him discover The Bakery of His Dreams.  The business model will surprise...

Sep 11, 2019


Elizabeth Belkind was helping Russian immigrants receive war reparations before switching to working with her hands and her taste buds.  Local foodies have enjoyed her pastries and cakes ever since. Since opening Cake Monkey in LA thirteen years ago, her business has grown and changed one tiny cake at a time.

In this...

Sep 4, 2019

When Amber Lambke moved to Skowhegan, Maine, her new community needed help.  She dug in with the community, discovered the many assets they had and eventually formed the Maine Grain Alliance and started the Maine Grains mill.

Now, Skowhegan is known around the baking world for their annual Kneading Conference and the...

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...