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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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Jan 29, 2020

Richard Placzek is really into baking. Really, really into baking. But it was once he teamed up with Sammy Wardrop that his bakery really took off.

In this episode, Mark talks with both Richard and Sammy about their individual baking journeys, how they met one day at a London farmers market and how they are slowly...

Jan 22, 2020

Jodi Whalen and Phil Merrick opened August First Bakery and Cafe in Burlington Vermont back in 2010 and step by step have grown it into a sustainable business for them, their staff and their community. They even have the team and systems in place where they can step back from the day to day operations of the bakery.


Jan 15, 2020

It doesn't take more than a handful of products before a bakery owner asks "How can I stay on top of everything?"  Yet once the Pandora's Box of tracking spreadsheets is opened, it becomes harder and harder to leave the screen and get back to the bench.

In this episode, Mark talks about the tracking...

Jan 8, 2020

After a busy holiday season, the start of January is the perfect time for some well deserved rest.  But once your rested, smart bakery owners take some time to plan out their business development activities for the year ahead.

In this episode, Mark describes a 7 step method that he and Cindy used to plan out business...