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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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May 5, 2021

Katie Quinn is a journalist and author who just published her second book about three of Mark's favourite foods:  Cheese, Wine and Bread.  She has also become a new Italian citizen and is continuing to dig deep into the fermented food of her new nation.

In this episode, Mark gets the lowdown on immigration during Covid,...


Apr 28, 2021

Mo Cheeks is a community activist with a love of great bread. And he's figured out a way to marry these two important parts of his life into something way bigger than himself. In a few short months, Mo has people around the country sharing his ideas and clamouring for his bread.

In this episode, Mark and Mo talk about...


Apr 21, 2021

Whitney Keatman and her partner Jess opened The Sparrow Bakery in 2006 and the bakery has shifted and evolved a lot since then. Now with three locations including one in Portland, Whitney and Jess continue to dive in during difficult times. 

In this episode, Mark and Whitney talk about starting The Sparrow when she was...


Apr 19, 2021

In this inaugural edition of the Slow Rise podcast, BBGA Executive Director Mitch Stamm sits down with Mark Dyck to learn about his journey in baking and his experience as a Guild member. It's a lively chat that ranges from the joys and struggles of owning a neighbourhood bakery to Mark's adventures in getting...


Apr 14, 2021

Edna Cochez is bringing all the good stuff to her native Panama, as a chef, baker and advocate for both chefs and baking brands.  She's run restaurants and wholesale bakeries, competed and judged on TV and has continually shared all that she has learned throughout her career.

In this episode, Mark and Edna discover all...