Chickens in a chicken coop.

Lisa Bralts

July 02, 2014 - Backyard Industry

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.


A woman's hand is shown shearing a sheep.

Tim Meyers

June 04, 2014 - Backyard Industry

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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A muskrat swims up a creek.

Rob Kanter

June 03, 2014 - Backyard Industry

Urbana Bestiary

Brushes with urban wildlife are mostly unplanned and often unwanted occurrences. In this episode of Backyard Industry, Lisa Bralts connects with Environmental Almanac's Rob Kanter to have some planned and wanted face time with local fauna - and the local fauna delivers.


Three jars of pickled asparagus with a cookbook

Lisa Bralts

May 01, 2014 - Backyard Industry

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 handful of red wiggler worms.

Lisa Bralts

April 23, 2014 - Backyard Industry

Wiggle Room

Backyard Industry's Lisa Bralts has always been a fan of the worms working in her compost pile at home. It turns out the folks at the Sustainable Student Farm on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus are fans, as well, but on a much larger scale. 


March 25, 2014 - Backyard Industry

Ramen Shaman

Urbana, IL chef and culinary pop-up proponent Mark Hartstein is fond of pickles, Hello Kitty, and extremely mainstream pop music. He and his wife Leslie also prepare a mean bowl of ramen when the occasion arises, which it did this past January at their "Saru Ramen" pop-up. Not only did they bring together and feed many patient locals on that frigid Tuesday night (with proceeds going to benefit the Eastern Illinois Foodbank), they even let Backyard Industry's Lisa Bralts "help".

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A group of people playing lawn games inside

Lisa Bralts

March 20, 2014 - Backyard Industry

Off Season

What do you do when the worst of winter is over, but it's still too cold and snowy to go outside? Lisa Bralts experiments with bringing a favorite outdoor summer activity indoors on this week's Backyard Industry.


Several jars of homemade yogurt on a counter

Lisa Bralts

February 18, 2014 - Backyard Industry

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.


A stack of bowls on a kitchen table.

Lisa Bralts

February 06, 2014 - Backyard Industry

Bowled Over

The cravings for comfort food have been almost as strong as our winter so far this season. Lisa Bralts explores the concept and appeal of a meal in a bowl in this edition of Backyard Industry.


A man's hands displaying pears still on the tree.

Lisa Bralts

December 31, 2013 - Backyard Industry

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.


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