Backyard Industry

WILL - Backyard Industry - August 22, 2012

In the Market For Something to Do?

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(Duration: 5:28)

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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 - July 12, 2012

Pedal Power

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(Duration: 5:33)

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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)

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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 - April 26, 2012

Reaping What You Don’t Sow

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(Duration: 4:29)

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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 - February 16, 2012

Pass the Mustard

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(Duration: 4:60)

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One way to get past the blahs of late winter and to get some food inspiration for spring is to arrange a food swap with some friends and neighbors, especially if the focus is on bright flavors and lots of laughing.  In this episode of In My Backyard, Lisa Bralts dishes out her best mustard recipe... and comes home with much more than that.

Categories: Agriculture, Food

WILL - Backyard Industry - February 09, 2012

Ahead of the (Growing) Curve

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(Duration: 4:29)

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This winter's mild weather notwithstanding, it's a bit hard to believe the next growing season is already right around the corner. In this week's segment of In My Backyard, Lisa Bralts discovers that local growers aren't just thinking about the 2012 growing season - they're way ahead of the rest of us.


WILL - Backyard Industry - December 21, 2011

Be It Resolved

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(Duration: 5:29)

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Though the calendar and the weather aren't necessarily matching up this year, it doesn't matter - the holidays are upon us, whether we're ready for them or not. For In My Backyard's Lisa Bralts, it's all about balance - taking stock of what happened in 2011, but looking ahead to the New Year, with its plans and possibilities.



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