As the daughter of Albie Schmitt and Dottie Harbes, two longtime Long Island farm families, Jean started her life journey with dirt under her fingernails. After obtaining two Masters’ Degrees in Quantitative Analysis (St. John's University) and Technology Management (NYU), Jean worked in the Graphic Communications Industry doing Statistical Long-Term Planning for large corporations such as Chemco and Linotype. She was also an adjunct professor at Long Island University and Dowling College teaching Marketing, Management and Statistics courses. Eventually those side trips brought her back to the farm where she raised her two children, Jess Anson (studied Natural Resources at Cornell) and James Anson (studied Sustainable Agriculture at University of New Hampshire). While managing the Albert H. Schmitt Family Farm in Dix Hills, she uses her life skills that she learned along her travels to teach her fellow Long Islanders the joys of gardening.
Last updated September 28, 2021