As of January 2014, backyard chickens are legal in Champaign, Illinois. What better way to introduce curious friends and neighbors to the concept than to have an open house... for your chicken coop? It seems other wheels are turning, too... Backyard Industry's Lisa Bralts investigates.
Ever wondered where the wool your sweater's made out of comes from? All wool is shorn by a person - it's one task that isn't automated! In this, the second video by the Backyard Industry team, Lisa Bralts learns a thing or two (and gets her hands on some clippers) while visiting Seven Sisters Farm in Sidney, Illinois.
Brushes with urban wildlife are mostly unplanned and often unwanted occurrences. In this episode of Backyard Industry, Lisa Bralts connects with Environmental Almanac's Rob Kanter to have some planned and wanted face time with local fauna - and the local fauna delivers.
Backyard Industry's Lisa Bralts has always been a fan of the worms working in her compost pile at home. It turns out the folks at the Sustainable Student Farm on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus are fans, as well, but on a much larger scale.
In this episode of In My Backyard, Lisa Bralts channels her inner Ben Franklin and goes off in search of the bird he held in such high esteem - the turkey.
In this episode of In My Backyard, decidedly amateur egg-poacher Lisa Bralts gets a lesson from cook/author Millicent Souris that starts at a local farm and ends in the kitchen.
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.
So - what did you do with all those leaves this fall? In My Backyard's Lisa Bralts discovered a fortuitous, sustainable, and very local alternative to bagging them and leaving them for pickup.
This week Lisa talks to a backyard beekeeper whose hive is not in the country -- but in the city.
This week Lisa talks to some Urbana residents who have built a bat suburbia among the backyard garden.