Ryan Doty

Elburn Farm Works To Diversify Regional Tree Inventory

This week, in the ‘Farm to Table’ segment…University of Illinois Extension educator Richard Hentschel and First Light host Brian O'Keefe continue a recent visit to Doty Nurseries in Elburn. The nursery is a wholesale tree farm that serves developers, landscapers, and local governments. With ash trees across the region devastated by Emerald Ash Borer there’s been a push to further diversify the area’s tree inventory. Doty Nurseries owners Ken and Ryan Doty gave Richard and Brian a tour of the farm.

Rows and rows of trees grow at Doty Nurseries in Elburn

Rows and rows of trees grow at Doty Nurseries in Elburn

University of Illinois Extension educator Richard Hentschel (left) inspects a sampling with Doty Nurseries owner Ryan Doty, while Ken Doty (right) talks with First Light host Brian O'Keefe

University of Illinois Extension educator Richard Hentschel (left) inspects a sampling with Doty Nurseries owner Ryan Doty, while Ken Doty (right) talks with First Light host Brian O'Keefe

Seven Years From Planting To Harvest

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Every few weeks, at First Light, University of Illinois Extension educator Richard Hentschel and First Light host Brian O'Keefe take some time to talk about agriculture, agri-businesses, your home landscape, and backyard garden. This week for the ‘Farm to Table’ segment Richard and Brian visited Doty Nursery in Elburn. The family farm grows a large variety trees. With so many ash trees being removed from the region, the nursery is working to keep up with demand.

U of I Extension educator Richard Hentschel and Ryan Doty (left) inspect this year's planting while Ken Doty (right) talks with First Light host Brian O'Keefe

U of I Extension educator Richard Hentschel and Ryan Doty (left) inspect this year's planting while Ken Doty (right) talks with First Light host Brian O'Keefe