Backyard Industry

WILL - Backyard Industry - December 12, 2012 ~ Comment (0)

See-Food Diet

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(Duration: 5:41)

A young woman taking a photo of food at a restaurant.

Some people eat their food and share their appreciation with others at the table. Others like to write about their food and share it with their readers. Still others prefer to take photos of their food and share the photos with, well, everyone. In this episode of In My Backyard, Lisa Bralts takes photos of her lunch and discusses the recent food photography phenomenon with professional photographer Justine Bursoni.



WILL - Backyard Industry - November 14, 2012 ~ Comment (0)

Chuckwagonesque

People waiting in line to order food from a food truck.

In the mid-to-late 1800s - the days of cattle-driving and people-moving across the frontier - chuckwagons kept the cowboys and pioneers on these trips fed. In this episode of In My Backyard, Lisa Bralts, explores a similar concept locally, with a new millennial twist.

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Categories: Agriculture

WILL - Backyard Industry - October 25, 2012 ~ Comment (0)

Chicken Wranglers, Urban Style

Three chickens foraging in grass.

Two and a half years ago, one of the first In My Backyard pieces was about keeping chickens in the city. WILL’s Lisa Bralts follows up with both new and, uh, seasoned chicken owners, and learns what happens when girl chickens crow (they don’t), that raccoons and possums aren’t chickens’ only potential enemies, and that people give their chickens really strange names.

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Categories: Agriculture


WILL - Backyard Industry - October 04, 2012 ~ Comment (0)

What’s An Aigre-Doux?

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(Duration: 4:43)

Jars of tomatoes on a shelf.

We’re lucky indeed here in central Illinois - our local specialty crop farmers grow gorgeous produce that lends itself for preservation so we can enjoy it year-round. In this episode of In My Backyard, Lisa Bralts talks pickles, preserves, and aigre-doux with Vie Restaurant’s Paul Virant - also known as "The Jarring Chef".

Categories: Agriculture

WILL - Backyard Industry - September 13, 2012 ~ Comment (0)

In the Pumpkin Patch

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(Duration: 5:14)

A large squash on the ground in a garden.

True autumn is just a couple of weeks away, and the cool nights mean the earth is about to offer up its bounty of cucurbits - pumpkins, squash, and gourds - for our eating and decorating pleasure. In this episode of In My Backyard, Lisa Bralts heads south to Arthur, Illinois, and learns that there’s a lot more to a pumpkin patch than prizewinner pumpkins and jack o’ lanterns.

Categories: Agriculture

WILL - Backyard Industry - August 22, 2012 ~ Comment (1)

In the Market For Something to Do?

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(Duration: 5:28)

Page of a catalog open to a description of a book

New to town? Wondering a) what the heck there is to eat around here, and b) if there’s any place that’s recognizable to you that can make you feel a little more at home? Try one of our local farmers markets. In this segment of In My Backyard, Lisa Bralts talks to a farmers market fan who literally wrote the book on Midwestern markets, and ponders how new residents from anywhere can help create our ever-evolving local food culture right here.


WILL - Backyard Industry - August 09, 2012 ~ Comment (0)

In HER Backyard

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(Duration: 5:12)

A woman showing young children how to harvest flower seeds

While the natural world can make a huge impression on people of all ages, there’s something about being a kid that makes even the simplest things in the yard interesting and even magical. In this episode of In My Backyard, Lisa Bralts takes some of the small set on a neighborhood tour, starting… in HER backyard.


WILL - Backyard Industry - July 12, 2012 ~ Comment (0)

Pedal Power

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(Duration: 5:33)

A sign at a farmers market

Fresh produce usually travels from farm to market in a van or truck. Agriculture and architecture usually seem worlds apart. In this episode of In My Backyard, Lisa Bralts learns about a way urban farmers can get produce to market with a smaller carbon footprint, thanks to a collaboration between the U of I’s Sustainable Student Farm and a group of Architecture graduate students.


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