Several cocktails lined up on a bar.
Lisa Bralts
June 26, 2013

Dazed and Infused

Books about food and gardens abound at IMBY HQ. In this episode of In My Backyard, Lisa Bralts gets a local bartender (and now fledgling gardener) named Flip Flop to read and review one of the newer arrivals, Amy Stewart's The Drunken Botanist. WEB-ONLY BONUS: Extra commentary provided by Flip Flop regarding the preparation of the cocktail that inspired the book. Just click "listen" over there on the left!


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An almanac on a table surrounded by starter plants
Lisa Bralts
May 08, 2013

Calendar, Clock, Compendium

Why are almanacs still produced today in spite of the web? Why are they so compelling? In this episode of In My Backyard, Lisa Bralts uses modern technology to research some answers. She also talks to a young woman working with many others to reclaim and redistribute old farming knowledge by publishing an analog farmers almanac... but with some current-day touches.


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Page of a catalog open to a description of a book
Lisa Bralts
August 22, 2012

In the Market For Something to Do?

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.


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A woman showing young children how to harvest flower seeds
Kate Higgs
August 09, 2012

In HER Backyard

While the natural world can make a huge impression on people of all ages, there’s something about being a kid that makes even the simplest things in the yard interesting and even magical. In this episode of In My Backyard, Lisa Bralts takes some of the small set on a neighborhood tour, starting… in HER backyard.


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A sign at a farmers market
Lisa Bralts
July 12, 2012

Pedal Power

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.


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A very messy early spring garden
Lisa Bralts
May 24, 2012

Crooked and Uneven: The New Black

After seeing a photo of a friend’s DIY garden in Sweden and refusing to let a broken hose get her down, Lisa Bralts became re-inspired to stay away from the garden store, get back into the yard, and take some serious gardening inventory. In this segment of In My Backyard, she heads into the garage to make do with what she has - which, as it turns out, is more than she thought.


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A scale and several seed catalogs
Lisa Bralts
February 09, 2012

Ahead of the (Growing) Curve

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.


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printed words on a page
Lisa Bralts
December 21, 2011

Be It Resolved

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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Several ducks in a pen
Lisa Bralts
December 06, 2011

Leaves Are a Duck’s Best Friend

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.


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Orange winter squash at a farmers market
Lisa Bralts
October 27, 2011

Overcoming Lachanophobia

Even garden veterans and able cooks have vegetables they irrationally fear. For Lisa Bralts, that vegetable is squash. Find out how she plans to finally get around this phobia in this week's segment of In My Backyard.


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