The cover of a book.
Lisa Bralts
August 20, 2014

Words on the Plate

As summer draws to a close, Backyard Industry's Lisa Bralts happens upon writer Ava Chin's memoir, Eating Wildly, and discovers that being in the weeds isn't always a bad thing.


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A woman's hand is shown shearing a sheep.
Tim Meyers
June 04, 2014

Backyard Industry Video 2.0: Wool Gathering

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. 

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Several jars of homemade yogurt on a counter
Lisa Bralts
February 18, 2014

Whey To Go

In her quest for some so-called "project cooking" over the weekend, Backyard Industry's Lisa Bralts instead ends up (finally) using a dormant kitchen gadget, reducing (just a little) the contents of her recycling bin, and revisiting the idea of making, instead of buying, staple foods.


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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.


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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".


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August 18, 2013

Video In My Backyard (VIMBY) 1.0 - “Dazed and Infused”

Here's a little something to tide you over until the next radio episode: Our very first VIMBY, which we shot on on Memorial Day at a closed-to-the-public Black Dog Smoke and Ale House in Urbana, IL. Yes, that was a few months ago - art takes awhile! Yes, IMBY #69 has the same title and subject matter - this companion video offers much more, though, including beverage recipes and demos.  Many thanks to Black Dog, Mike Miller (aka "Flip Flop"), Tim Meyers, Thomas Nicol, and Mattias Hellberg for the various parts they played in getting this done. Will there be another? 

Watch this space.


A photo of a carton of eggs
Lisa Bralts
June 28, 2012

Fear and Poaching in Urbana

In this episode of In My Backyard, decidedly amateur egg-poacher Lisa Bralts gets a lesson from cook/author Millicent Souris that starts at a local farm and ends in the kitchen.


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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 man demonstrating cheesemaking
Lisa Bralts
March 08, 2012

DIY Cheese, Please

In this episode of In My Backyard, Lisa Bralts learns the finer points of making amateur fresh mozzarella cheese at home from lay expert (and cheese nerd) Brian McKay.


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A homemade smoker full of sausages
Lisa Bralts
October 12, 2011

Dishwasher Smoker

After hearing about someone who built a cider press made from an old washing machine, In My Backyard's Lisa Bralts went investigating in the neighborhood and chanced upon something even better. If you're an omnivore, that is.


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