Backyard Industry

WILL - Backyard Industry - October 03, 2013

Kids - Meet Your Vegetables!

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(Duration: 6:40)

A man holding a squash talking to children.

Convincing kids to eat vegetables isn't always easy. In this episode of In My Backyard, Lisa Bralts explores a farmers market program that teaches kids that vegetables are far more interesting when you know where they come from.



WILL - Backyard Industry - August 21, 2013

Personal Growth

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(Duration: 5:34)

Dozens of flowers heads drying on a screen in the sun.

Is the crafting/DIY/gardening/cooking trend really that new? Are women heading backward by heading into the kitchen and the garden and the craft room, or is there room for home economics and work outside the home? Lisa Bralts talks with an urban farmer/mother/geologist about the importance of relating to the world in terms other than economic in this week’s In My Backyard.


WILL - Backyard Industry - August 18, 2013

Video In My Backyard (VIMBY) 1.0 - “Dazed and Infused”

Here's a little something to tide you over until the next radio episode: Our very first VIMBY, which we shot on on Memorial Day at a closed-to-the-public Black Dog Smoke and Ale House in Urbana, IL. Yes, that was a few months ago - art takes awhile! Yes, IMBY #69 has the same title and subject matter - this companion video offers much more, though, including beverage recipes and demos.  Many thanks to Black Dog, Mike Miller (aka "Flip Flop"), Tim Meyers, Thomas Nicol, and Mattias Hellberg for the various parts they played in getting this done. Will there be another? 

Watch this space.


WILL - Backyard Industry - August 07, 2013

Social Feedia: House Concerts and Hotdogs

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(Duration: 5:53)

A man and a woman playing guitars in a living room.

A Champaign, Illinois couple has been bringing new meaning to the term "dinner and a show" for the last several years. In this episode of In My Backyard, host Lisa Bralts watches a house concert come together, learns about Sonoran hotdogs, and explores the connection between food, friends, and music. (Photo by Cynthia Voelkl)


WILL - Backyard Industry - June 26, 2013

Dazed and Infused

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(Duration: 6:02)

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Books about food and gardens abound at IMBY HQ. In this episode of In My Backyard, Lisa Bralts gets a local bartender (and now fledgling gardener) named Flip Flop to read and review one of the newer arrivals, Amy Stewart's The Drunken Botanist. WEB-ONLY BONUS: Extra commentary provided by Flip Flop regarding the preparation of the cocktail that inspired the book. Just click "listen" over there on the left!


WILL - Backyard Industry - May 23, 2013

Downtown Chowhounds

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(Duration: 6:27)

Some business cards talking about a local butcher shop.

Cities and towns are in a constant state of re-envisioning their downtown areas. In this episode of In My Backyard - the second in her Food Enterprise as Economic Development (FEED) series - Lisa Bralts examines how one local downtown is finding itself at the center of a food renaissance of sorts.

Categories: Agriculture, Community

WILL - Backyard Industry - May 08, 2013

Calendar, Clock, Compendium

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(Duration: 4:48)

An almanac on a table surrounded by starter plants

Why are almanacs still produced today in spite of the web? Why are they so compelling? In this episode of In My Backyard, Lisa Bralts uses modern technology to research some answers. She also talks to a young woman working with many others to reclaim and redistribute old farming knowledge by publishing an analog farmers almanac... but with some current-day touches.


WILL - Backyard Industry - April 25, 2013

Food Connection, Part Three

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(Duration: 5:07)

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What began as a desire for a fresh peach and a penchant for French-style goat cheese has become an award-winning farmstead creamery, among other things. Many other things. Business - and life - partners Wes Jarrell and Leslie Cooperband talk about their work at Prairie Fruits Farm with Lisa Bralts for this episode of In My Backyard.

Categories: Agriculture, Business, Food

WILL - Backyard Industry - April 10, 2013

FEED Me

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(Duration: 4:36)

Two men walking on a pier toward a restaurant

For In My Backyard's Lisa Bralts, part of the fun of going on vacation is checking out what and where people in other parts of the country are eating. In this episode, she does some comparing, discovers that the home location can learn from the vacation destination (and vice versa), and ponders the concept of FEED: Food Enterprise as Economic Development.

Categories: Business, Food

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