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WILL - Backyard Industry - August 09, 2012

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

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.



WILL - Backyard Industry - June 14, 2012

Horseshoes and Haystacks

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(Duration: 5:04)

A sandwich made of french friends and cheese gravy on a plate at a restaurant.

For many of us, “eating local” means buying locally-grown produce and supporting local producers. But what about eating? Locally-developed cuisine - especially the comfort foods from last century that are specific to a region or sometimes just a town - is making a bit of a comeback, but with a bit of a twist. Lisa Bralts investigates one of Central Illinois’ specialties on this episode of In My Backyard.

Categories: Agriculture, Food, History

WILL - Backyard Industry - May 24, 2012

Crooked and Uneven: The New Black

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(Duration: 4:30)

A very messy early spring garden

After seeing a photo of a friend’s DIY garden in Sweden and refusing to let a broken hose get her down, Lisa Bralts became re-inspired to stay away from the garden store, get back into the yard, and take some serious gardening inventory. In this segment of In My Backyard, she heads into the garage to make do with what she has - which, as it turns out, is more than she thought.



WILL - Backyard Industry - April 26, 2012

Reaping What You Don’t Sow

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(Duration: 4:29)

Foraged greens and garden hand tools on a table.

While we're babying our seeds in the garden or waiting for the farmers markets to open, it's easy to forget there are plenty of fresh things to eat that just kind of show up in the most obvious of places. Some call them weeds, but others call them dinner. In this episode of In My Backyard, Lisa Bralts discovers she doesn't have to go far to find food. She also learns why time is of the essence.

Categories: Agriculture, Food

WILL - Backyard Industry - April 12, 2012

Slow and Steady

Man onstage speaking to a large crowd.

Investments don't have to be electronic transactions with faceless people involving companies based far away from home.  In this segment of In My Backyard Lisa learns a few things about Slow Money, risk, and investment in small, local food enterprises from Woody Tasch, the guy who literally wrote the book on it.

Categories: Agriculture, Economics

WILL - Backyard Industry - March 29, 2012

Shear Madness

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(Duration: 4:29)

Two young women shear a sheep in a barn.

Just like us, sheep stop wearing their wool when the weather gets warmer. In this segment of In My Backyard, Lisa Bralts visits a small farm in Sidney to watch a sheep shearing guru teach the craft to some novice shearers - and some novice sheep.

Categories: Agriculture, Animals


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