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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 31, 2023

Stefan Spicknell knows who his bakery is for.  All he has to do is look out his door on Great Western Road in Glasgow and look at the flats, the schools and the people walking by.  And his deep focus those people, and his craft, is what keeps Cottonrake Bakery grounded in his community. 

In this episode, Mark and Stefan...

May 24, 2023

Maurizio Leo has been writing the excellent Perfect Loaf blog for a decade now, teaching thousands and thousands of people to bake amazing sourdough bread.  His writing and teaching style, paired with top-notch photography, makes his site one of the most important resources in the baking community and his new book...

May 17, 2023

Ron Bokenfohr is looking for a new (old) way to grow grain and feed the soil at the same time.  His farming and milling operation north of Edmonton, Alberta is focused on regenerative agriculture: farming with a focus on building a complex, healthy soil.

In this episode, Mark and Ron talk about the process of...

Apr 26, 2023

Charlie and Hilde Muller were bakers before they moved to the middle of the forest in western Michigan and began carving a home, a bakery and a life from the woods.  Laughing Tree Bakery has been going strong for the past 14 years, feeding the people via the Muskegon Farmers Market and several stores and cafes in...

Apr 12, 2023

Moving to an island in the Pacific Northwest is not easy.  Moving intentionally, with a view of contributing to the community is even more difficult.  But Sage Dilts and Nathan Hodges have done just that with their farm and bakery on Lopez Island, Washington.

In this episode, Mark learns how Sage and Nathan met in...