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Gardening During The Peak Growing Season

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

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

University of Illinois Extension educator Richard Hentschel joins Brian O’Keefe periodically at First Light for this ‘Farm to Table’ segment. They discuss everything from agriculture and agri-business to your backyard garden and home landscaping. For this ‘Farm to Table’ Richard and Brian sat down to review some tips and advice for garden care as the region moves into the summer months and the peak growing season

Plenty of Flowers Available For Your Mom

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Every few weeks at First Light, University of Illinois Extension educator Richard Hentschel and Brian O’Keefe get together for our ‘Farm to Table’ segment. They discuss everything from agriculture and agribusiness to home landscaping and your backyard garden. This week, one week before Mother’s Day, Brian and Richard headed out to Schaffer’s Greenhouse in Montgomery and sat down with Brett Schaffer inside one of the company’s greenhouses

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Gardeners Ready To Get Growing

Plenty of pansies greet gardeners at Schaefer’s Greenhouses in Montgomery

Plenty of pansies greet gardeners at Schaefer’s Greenhouses in Montgomery

Every few weeks at First Light, University of Illinois Extension educator Richard Hentschel joins Brian O’Keefe for the ‘Farm to Table’ segment. They discuss everything from agriculture and
agri-businesses, to backyard gardens and home landscaping. For this week, Schaefer Greenhouse’s Brett Schaefer joined Richard and Brian in one of the massive garden center’s greenhouses

Rows and rows of tables with a wide variety of flowers await gardeners and weather that’s just a little bit warmer

Rows and rows of tables with a wide variety of flowers await gardeners and weather that’s just a little bit warmer

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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Winter Pruning of Trees and Shrubs

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

Periodically at First Light, University of Illinois Extension educator Richard Hentschel and host Brian O’Keefe get together for the ‘Farm to Table’ segment. They discuss everything from agriculture and agri-business to backyard gardening and your home landscape. This week, Richard and Brian ventured out into the snow and visited Platt Hill Nursery. Nursery Manager Chrissie Sieff took us out to an enclosure of saplings to talk about what the trees and shrubs in your yard need at this time of year

University of Illinois Extension educator Richard Hentschel suggests leaving snow to slowly melt off trees and shrubs rather than attempting to clean if from frozen and brittle branches

University of Illinois Extension educator Richard Hentschel suggests leaving snow to slowly melt off trees and shrubs rather than attempting to clean if from frozen and brittle branches

Johansen Farms And Agritainment In Illinois

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Of course University of Illinois Extension educator Richard Hentschel and First Light host Brian O’Keefe had to head out to the pumpkin patch for this Halloween edition of the show. Illinois produces more of the orange gourds than any other state in the country. The seasonal crop has also become the centerpiece of the relatively new sector of the agriculture industry, something Richard calls “agri-tainment.” Richard and Brian stopped by Johannsen Farm in Bolingbrook and sat down with Carol Cremeens before the day’s crowd of pumpkin hunters arrived.

A banner welcomes pumpkin hunters to the Johansen Farms farm stand in Bolingbrook

A banner welcomes pumpkin hunters to the Johansen Farms farm stand in Bolingbrook

Plenty of pumpkins waiting to become jack-o-lanterns at Johansen Farms in Bolingbrook

Plenty of pumpkins waiting to become jack-o-lanterns at Johansen Farms in Bolingbrook

Mums Bring Seasonal Color To Gardens And Planters

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Periodically here at First Light, University of Illinois Extension educator Richard Hentschel and First Light host Brian O’Keefe get together for our ‘Farm to Table’ segment. They talk about everything from agriculture and agribusiness to maintaining your backyard garden and home landscape. This time about Richard and Brian met up with Joe Heidgen at Shady Hill Gardens in Elburn.

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

Master Gardeners Offer Some New Ideas

Periodically here at First Light, First Light host Brian O'Keefe gets together with University of Illinois Extension educator Richard Hentschel for the ‘Farm to Table.’ They discuss backyard landscaping, your home vegetable garden and how Illinois farmers get food from their fields to your table. This week Richard took Brian to a special garden spot just off Route 38 in Kane County

An unusual bee habitat built from discarded and broken building materials, pallets, and logs is part of the display at the Extension's Idea Garden

An unusual bee habitat built from discarded and broken building materials, pallets, and logs is part of the display at the Extension's Idea Garden

Another corner of the Idea Garden offers a more traditional backyard landscaping idea

Another corner of the Idea Garden offers a more traditional backyard landscaping idea

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 Extension's Role in Cook County

University of Illinois Extension educator Richard Hentschel and First Light host Brian O'Keefe traveled to Navy Pier for the Chicago Flower and Garden Show last month. They met with one of Richard's colleagues. Val Kehoe is an extension program coordinator in Cook County. 

University of Illinois Extension Program Coordinator Val Kehoe (left) speaks with First Light host Brian O'Keefe

University of Illinois Extension Program Coordinator Val Kehoe (left) speaks with First Light host Brian O'Keefe

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.

Thinking About Spring Flowers In The Depth of Winter

Periodically on First Light, University of Illinois Extension educator Richard Hentschel and First Light host Brian O'Keefe get together to talk about everything from farms and agriculture to your home garden and landscape. This week, in the ‘Farm to Table’ segment Richard and Brian headed back out to Shady Hills Nursery in Kane County. Even though the region is firmly in the grip of winter, this is also the time when gardeners find themselves pouring over seed catalogs and dreaming of planting season. Shady Hills owner Matt Heidgen is also already thinking about spring.

Propagation of geraniums at Shady Hills Nursery in Elburn

Propagation of geraniums at Shady Hills Nursery in Elburn