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

Small World

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(Duration: 4:34)

A room full of aging cheese.

Lisa Bralts has long worked with small, artisanal food producers and is quite fond of the concept. But what does it mean in 2014? She reviews author Suzanne Cope's new book, Small Batch: Pickles, Cheese, Chocolate, Spirits, and the Return of Artisanal Foods, in this episode of Backyard Industry. 

Categories: Agriculture, Community, Food


WILL - Backyard Industry - October 09, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Bunch of Hooey

Urbana, IL batik artist Jill Miller took a basic arts and crafts class back in college. Once she discovered batik - making art with wax and dye and fabric - she forgot all about that degree in sociology. In this Backyard Industry video, Lisa Bralts and Tim Meyers talk with Jill about her food/garden inspirations and get invited over for corndogs.


WILL - Backyard Industry - September 18, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Right Up My Alley

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(Duration: 4:40)

Red berries growing in an alley

Residential alleys are usually ignored spaces, rarely considered to be extensions of where we live. In this episode of Backyard Industry, Lisa Bralts revisits her neighborhood alleys and muses on their shortcomings... and potential.

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WILL - Backyard Industry - August 05, 2014

Join Us For A Free Film Screening Friday Night, August 15!

Flyer for a film

Backyard Industry and Illinois Public Media, along with several other Urbana organizations and businesses, are helping to get the film Spinning Plates on a local screen - and it's happening outside this weekend! The film follows three very different restaurants and investigates what keeps them going; the tagline is "It's not what you cook. It's why", which fits right in with BYI's mission.

Things will get started around dusk in the Busey Bank parking lot at Main and Race in Downtown Urbana. Bring your family and friends, and bring your own chairs, blankets, and snacks (you can also do carryout from one of the nearby restaurants) as well.

Some of the BYI team will be in attendance - see you there! 

Categories: Art and Culture, Community

WILL - Backyard Industry - July 17, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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