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.


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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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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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March 24, 2011

Reminiscing about Community Gardens

Urbana-Champaign's vibrant local food culture isn't a recent phenomenon -  it's been brewing for over 30 years. This week, Lisa examines the  community's - and her own - ties to an important part of that food culture: the Urbana Park District's organic garden plots at Meadowbrook Park and now, Victory Park.


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Large vats filled with vine in a vineyard warehouse
Lisa Bralts
September 09, 2010

Lift A Glass to the Illinois Wine Industry

Illinois' wine industry -- once one of the top producers in the nation -- is enjoying something of a comeback.  In this episode of In My Backyard, Lisa Bralts tours a local winery and gets the goods from an Illinois wine expert.


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