Patricia “Patti” Kraemer-Doell has been the owner and operator of Little Big Farm since 2006. Patti has been working in horticulture since the mid 1990s when she formed a partnership in a floral landscape design company. In 1997, Patti took a position at the New York Botanical Garden as the coordinator for the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden where she was responsible for programs that instructed inner-city children and residents how to propagate flowers and vegetables.
In 2002, Patti pursued her long-time interest in farming by taking a position at The Good Hand Farm in Andover, N.J. Patti was was responsible for assisting in the propagation of certified organic vegetables and managing the farm’s participation in the Union Square (NYC) and Millburn, N.J., farmers’ markets. In 2003, Patti joined the Walnut Grove farm to assist the well-established operation’s production of organically grown vegetables and Christmas trees.
Patti is also co-founder and president of the Garden State Flower Cooperative. Established in 2019, the Coop offers professional designers the most diverse and highest quality New Jersey-grown floral goods possible. Nine local flower growers gather each week in Morristown, NJ to offer flowers and foliage that benefit from not being shipped far distances, and exhibit superb freshness and long vase life compared to commercial stems.
Patti is a member of the Northeast Organic Farming Association, the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers, Foodshed Alliance and Local Harvest. Follow Patti on Instagram.
Learn more about Patti’s views on what it’s like to be farmer by watching the clip below produced by the local environmental commission in 2010.