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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 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...


May 29, 2024

Jessica Rivers is co-owner and connection engine of the amazing bakery Working Culture Bread in Victoria BC.  In the three years since Mark talked to her husband Adam in Episode #128, the bakery has grown and their family has too.  Through it all, Jess and the Working Culture team have built even stronger ties within...


Feb 21, 2024

Sarah Black sadly passed away on February 15, 2024.  To commemorate this kind and thoughtful baker and teacher, we are re-publishing Mark's chat with Sarah from Episode 153.  Recorded in October, 2021

Sarah's family announced her passing via Sarah's Instagram page.

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