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Time For Clean-Up & Clean-Out

One of the gardens at the University of Illinois ‘Idea Garden’ already cleaned out except for a bunch of chard. The leafy vegetable thrives in cooler weather

One of the gardens at the University of Illinois ‘Idea Garden’ already cleaned out except for a bunch of chard. The leafy vegetable thrives in cooler weather

Earlier this week was the first day of autumn, with the change in season it’s time to develop a strategy for clean up and clean out. This week, University of Illinois Extension educator Richard Hentschel joins First Light host Brian O’Keefe for the periodic ‘Farm to Table’ segment. Brian and Richard discuss everything from agriculture and agri-business to your garden and home landscape. Earlier this summer they toured the Extension’s ‘Idea Garden.’ Now with cooler temperatures and fewer daylight hours, they went back out to the garden for this ‘Farm to Table’

Except for some late season flowers and plants University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners have cleaned out the beds at the ‘Idea Garden’ just off Rt. 38 in Kane County

Except for some late season flowers and plants University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners have cleaned out the beds at the ‘Idea Garden’ just off Rt. 38 in Kane County

House Plants Probably Mean House Pests

U of I Extension educator Richard Hentschel joins First Light every few weeks for the ‘Farm to Table’ segment

U of I Extension educator Richard Hentschel joins First Light every few weeks for the ‘Farm to Table’ segment

Periodically at First Light, University of Illinois Extension educator Richard Hentschel and host Brian O’Keefe together for the ‘Farm to Table’ segment. They discuss everything from agriculture and agribusiness to backyard gardening and your home landscape. For this segment, Richard and Brian visited the greenhouse at Platt Hill Nursery that was packed with houseplants

Helping Trees & Shrubs Through The Last of Winter Weather

U of I Extension educator Richard Hentschel joins First Light host Brian O’Keefe periodically for the ‘Farm to Table’ segment

U of I Extension educator Richard Hentschel joins First Light host Brian O’Keefe periodically for the ‘Farm to Table’ segment

This week, in the periodic ‘Farm-to-Table’ segment, University of Illinois Extension educator Richard Hentschel and First Light host Brian O’Keefe continued their visit to Platt Hill Nursery. Nursery Manager Chrissie Sieff took them out to an enclosure of sapling trees. At this time of year, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that the area could get a very wet and heavy snow. Richard and Brian talked with Chrissie about what you should, and shouldn’t do for trees and shrubs that are weighed down with ice and snow

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Harvesting Every Day At Klein's Farm

Farmer Matt Klein (left) and University of Illinois Extension educator Richard Hentschel (right) inspect a pair of "sugar cube" melons picked from one of Matt's fields

Farmer Matt Klein (left) and University of Illinois Extension educator Richard Hentschel (right) inspect a pair of "sugar cube" melons picked from one of Matt's fields

Every few weeks at First Light, University of Illinois Extension educator Richard Hentschel and First Light host Brian O'Keefe get together to discuss the state’s largest industry, agriculture. One of the fastest growing segments of the sector is farms that grow what the state has designated as specialty crops. For this ‘Farm to Table’ segment Richard and Brian visited one of those farms and the farmer that owns the operation in Kane County

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

Microsoft Partners With U of I Autism Project

This week, in the First Light look around the state, we have a story from Illinois Public Radio’s Lee Gaines. Microsoft is investing $200,000 to create a hiring pipeline specifically for students with autism at the University of Illinois. The tech-giant partnered with multiple departments at the
U of I on the one-year project. Illinois Public Radio’s Lee Gaines spoke with Linda Tortorelli, she's Director of The Autism Project. Tortorelli explained what inspired the partnership with Microsoft

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Gardens That Help The Community

Periodically here at First Light, University of Illinois Extension educator Richard Hentschel and First Light host Brian O'Keefe get together for the ‘Farm to Table’ segment. They discuss everything from agri-business to your backyard garden and tips for your home landscaping. This week, Brian and Richard went back out to Peck Farms Park in Geneva for a discussion of how community gardeners are giving back to their communities.

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Growing Interest In Community Gardens

Periodically on First Light, University of Illinois Extension educator Richard Hentschel and Frist Light host Brian O'Keefe get together for the ‘Farm to Table’ segment. They cover everything from backyard gardens and home landscaping to the state’s largest industry, farming and agribusinesses. This week, Richard and Brian traveled out to Kane County and Peck Farm Park where they met with Trish Burns…she coordinates a large community garden program

Peck Farm Park Director Trish Burns (left) and University of Illinois Extension educator Richard Hentschel (right)

Peck Farm Park Director Trish Burns (left) and University of Illinois Extension educator Richard Hentschel (right)

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U of I Adds A Rare Isaac Newton Document To Its Collection

This week, in the First Light look around the state, Illinois Public Radio’s Jim Meadows stopped by the University of Illinois Rare Books Library recently. It’s acquired a handwritten document by Isaac Newton, the 17th century English scientist famous for his theory of gravity. This document is not about that, it’s more Harry Potter than groundbreaking physics. It’s about making a Philosopher’s Stone. Jim sat down with Rare Books Director Lynne Thomas to learn more about the Isaac Newton manuscript

U of I Rare Book & Manuscript Library Director Lynne Thomas poses with pages from a manuscript written by English scientist Isaac Newton, which the university recently acquired at auction. (Photo courtesy of L. Brian Stauffer/University of Illinois News Bureau

U of I Rare Book & Manuscript Library Director Lynne Thomas poses with pages from a manuscript written by English scientist Isaac Newton, which the university recently acquired at auction. (Photo courtesy of L. Brian Stauffer/University of Illinois News Bureau

Farm to Table Visits Flower and Garden Show

Periodically on First Light, University of Illinois Extension educator Richard Hentschel and Brian O'Keefe discuss everything for Agri-business to backyard gardening. Over the next several weeks, Brian and Richard will take you to Chicago’s Navy Pier. The annual Chicago Flower and Garden show was at the pier this month, their first stop was the Extension’s insect petting zoo.

U of I Extension educator Nancy Zook explains the goal of the Extension's insect petting zoo while First Light host Brian O'Keefe keeps a safe distance from the giant hissing cockroaches.

U of I Extension educator Nancy Zook explains the goal of the Extension's insect petting zoo while First Light host Brian O'Keefe keeps a safe distance from the giant hissing cockroaches.