Deborah Rodgers, Owner/President
Deb Rodgers’ love affair with the business started many years ago when she worked for the well respected Lois Woodhull, the former owner of the Plantage. Lois built her business and reputation on providing quality products and was recognized as one of the best perennial growers in the region. Deb is now modeling the North Fork Boutique Gardens on the knowledge and teachings of her former mentor.
Deb has a wealth of experience in operating a business and understands the importance of customer service. She has helped grow WRS Environmental Services Company, a family owned business which remediates and restores land and water through out the tri-state area and beyond, serving as Office Manager and Quality Assurance Director. She is also the Owner of the Indy 3000 Inc. family of companies, a woman owned automotive lubrication, NYS inspection and small repair shop servicing the public together with fleet accounts & contracts servicing all county vehicles for over 15 years.
Michelle Stoetzel, Vice President
Since Michelle was young, sustainable agriculture and farming has been a way of life. Growing up on a dairy farm in Upstate New York instilled a solid work ethic and a general love for nature. Michelle graduated from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst with her B.S. in Soil Science and minor in Environmental Policy. While pursuing her education she helped run an organic farm and brewery.
Saying goodbye to the lovely New England weather was not too hard, as she ventured to Florida and joined a dynamic team as a section grower at a 1200 acre tree farm. Eager to learn more about growing woody ornamentals and production management, Michelle achieved her certification as an International Certified Arborist and was promoted to head propagator and grower, with more than 60 people under her. Actively involved in the local chapters of the International Plant Propagators Society she encountered many contacts, one who led her to the 2nd longest island in the United States where she now calls home.
Michelle continued her growing career and expanded her purchasing and production knowledge, while working at a 200 acre wholesale nursery on the east end of Long Island. Now a NYS Certified Private Pesticide Applicator, Michelle added one more facet of being a well versed grower to her resume. The hands on experience and various hats worn in this company really forced her to step outside her comfort zone and learn the dynamics of running a functional and successful farm.
From plant health care, to propagation, pruning, scouting, or making her own soil mixes, Michelle was involved and committed 100% as with every endeavor pursued. Having achieved growing her career and experience Michelle, chose to grow her family. Now a happily married mother of 2, Michelle has jumped on board to represent a new and upcoming wholesale growing facility. Welcome to North Fork Boutique Gardens, home of natives.