A woman stands outside with several chickens as she's having her photo taken.
Lisa Bralts
April 10, 2015

Henthusiastically Yours

Urban chickens have to live somewhere, right? In this episode of Backyard Industry, Lisa Bralts takes a bike tour to see some of the coolest coops in the neighborhood.


A woman recording audio in a small room
Jim Kelly
December 18, 2014

Full Circle

Backyard Industry's Lisa Bralts has 2014's stories - and those of the last 4 and a half years - in the rear view mirror.


Red berries growing in an alley
Lisa Bralts
September 18, 2014

Right Up My 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.


Basil plants with yellowing leaves
Lisa Bralts
July 30, 2014

Fungus Among Us

Hey - who invited basil downy mildew to the pesto party? In this episode of Backyard Industry, Lisa Bralts consults a couple of local experts about this (sort of) new-to-Illinois plant disease - and gets both good news and bad news.


Chickens in a chicken coop.
Lisa Bralts
July 02, 2014

Tour de 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.


Three jars of pickled asparagus with a cookbook
Lisa Bralts
May 01, 2014

Life Preserver

Food preservation is mostly associated with instructions that must be followed to the letter (OR ELSE) and a crazy frenzy of production during the peak of the growing season. Backyard Industry's Lisa Bralts has found a cookbook that not only makes the process seem less intimidating, it also soothes with terrific stories and photos, gently encourages production year round, and reminds the reader they don't have to grow it all. 


A man's hands displaying pears still on the tree.
Lisa Bralts
December 31, 2013

Farewell, 2013

2013 was another busy year at In My Backyard HQ. In this episode, Lisa Bralts goes over the highlights, gives a few updates, and looks ahead to 2014... but not before a short hibernation. In My Backyard returns to AM580 on February 6, 2014.


A bunch of dried garlic braided together
Lisa Bralts
October 16, 2013

For the Clove of Garlic

We're losing daylight (and with it, summer's warmth) but there are food and flowers that are planted each fall for spring and summer harvest. In this episode of In My Backyard, Lisa Bralts ponders her one big gardening failure of the year - garlic - and asks for advice from a knowledgeable neighbor.


An indoor plant planted inside a Styrofoam cooler lid.
Lisa Bralts
September 12, 2013

Pretty on the Inside

After years of growing things outside, In My Backyard's Lisa Bralts considers getting over her fear of indoor plants after meeting a gentleman she calls "The Plant Whisperer".


Dozens of flowers heads drying on a screen in the sun.
Lisa Bralts
August 21, 2013

Personal Growth

Is the crafting/DIY/gardening/cooking trend really that new? Are women heading backward by heading into the kitchen and the garden and the craft room, or is there room for home economics and work outside the home? Lisa Bralts talks with an urban farmer/mother/geologist about the importance of relating to the world in terms other than economic in this week’s In My Backyard.


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