Duckett's Tree Farm Case Study
Buncombe County Cooperative
The driving force behind Duckett's Tree
Farm is Kevin Duckett. He is 36 years
old and holds an Associates Degree is
carpentry and cabinet making from
Asheville Buncombe Technical
Kevin Duckett has had widely varied job
experiences, many of which contributed
to his idea of raising ornamental trees.
He grew up on a beef cattle and tobacco
Asheville, N.C. In the Big Sandy Mush
community. After earning his degree
from A.B. Tech, he worked as a cabinet
maker and carpenter, while still farming
on the side. Then he began working part
time for Sandy Mush Herb Nursery,
where he discovered an aptitude for
nursery plant production, and learned a
great deal about the demand for
ornamental and medicinal plants.
In recent years, Kevin has continued to
work on the family farm, while also
working with a landscape architecture
firm installing landscape plants and
building features like fountains and
ponds. Working with this firm helped
lead Kevin to his ideas on starting his
own tree operation.
Duckett's Tree Farm consists of a 0.5
acre block at the lower end of a 35 acre
tract of bottom land on the family farm.
The main thrust of this venture is to take
small ornamental tree liners purchased
from a tree nursery as 2 to 4 foot whips
and grow them into a marketable 6 foot
or larger tree that will offer landscapers
a high quality local ornamental tree for
the booming residential landscape
market near Asheville, N.C.
These young liners can be purchased for
$4.00 to $6.00 dollars per tree. After
they are transplanted, fertilized and
grown out to 6 foot size or better, each
young tree can be worth $40.00 to
$60.00 in the upscale residential market.
Mr. Duckett plans to primarily sell the
trees wholesale to area landscapers, with
perhaps a small quantity sold to
individual homeowners at retail.
Large trees like these,