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.

A room full of aging cheese.
Lisa Bralts
December 04, 2014

Small World

Lisa Bralts has long worked with small, artisanal food producers and is quite fond of the concept. But what does it mean in 2014? She reviews author Suzanne Cope's new book, Small Batch: Pickles, Cheese, Chocolate, Spirits, and the Return of Artisanal Foods, in this episode of Backyard Industry. 

A kitchen counter with green tomatoes and other ingredients
Lisa Bralts
November 05, 2014

Ode to the October Tomato

The end of tomato season is generally a sad affair for local eaters. In this episode of Backyard Industry, Lisa Bralts discovers that green tomatoes are in disguise - they only LOOK like they're not ready to be eaten. 

October 09, 2014

Bunch of Hooey

Urbana, IL batik artist Jill Miller took a basic arts and crafts class back in college. Once she discovered batik - making art with wax and dye and fabric - she forgot all about that degree in sociology. In this Backyard Industry video, Lisa Bralts and Tim Meyers talk with Jill about her food/garden inspirations and get invited over for corndogs.


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.

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.

Flyer for a film
Matt Cho
August 05, 2014

Join Us For A Free Film Screening Friday Night, August 15!

Backyard Industry and Illinois Public Media, along with several other Urbana organizations and businesses, are helping to get the film Spinning Plates on a local screen - and it's happening outside this weekend! The film follows three very different restaurants and investigates what keeps them going; the tagline is "It's not what you cook. It's why", which fits right in with BYI's mission.

Things will get started around dusk in the Busey Bank parking lot at Main and Race in Downtown Urbana. Bring your family and friends, and bring your own chairs, blankets, and snacks (you can also do carryout from one of the nearby restaurants) as well.

Some of the BYI team will be in attendance - see you there! 

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.

A branch of unripe autumn olives
Lisa Bralts
July 17, 2014

Eat Them to Beat Them

In this episode of Backyard Industry, Lisa Bralts explores the concept of foraging and eating particular invasive species, like the autumn olive, as one way of slowing them down.

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