Backyard Industry

WILL - Backyard Industry - July 17, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Eat Them to Beat Them

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(Duration: 4:54)

A branch of unripe autumn olives

In this episode of Backyard Industry, Lisa Bralts explores the concept of foraging and eating particular invasive species, like the autumn olive, as one way of slowing them down.


WILL - Backyard Industry - July 02, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Tour de Coop

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(Duration: 4:03)

Chickens in a chicken coop.

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.


WILL - Backyard Industry - June 04, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Backyard Industry Video 2.0: Wool Gathering

A woman's hand is shown shearing a sheep.

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. 


WILL - Backyard Industry - June 03, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Urbana Bestiary

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(Duration: 5:20)

A muskrat swims up a creek.

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.


WILL - Backyard Industry - March 25, 2014 ~ Comment (1)

Ramen Shaman

Urbana, IL chef and culinary pop-up proponent Mark Hartstein is fond of pickles, Hello Kitty, and extremely mainstream pop music. He and his wife Leslie also prepare a mean bowl of ramen when the occasion arises, which it did this past January at their "Saru Ramen" pop-up. Not only did they bring together and feed many patient locals on that frigid Tuesday night (with proceeds going to benefit the Eastern Illinois Foodbank), they even let Backyard Industry's Lisa Bralts "help".

Categories: Community, Food




WILL - Backyard Industry - May 23, 2013 ~ Comment (0)

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 - 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.