Susan Swartzfager

Academic Credentials:

  • B.S. in Agricultural Education and Communication—University of Florida
  • M.S. in Agricultural Education and Communication—University of Florida

Why DPM?
I have three grown children, two of which are Florida Gators and Agricultural Education and Communications graduates and one police officer that has attended South Florida and is completing his degree in criminology through SNHU. I have four grandchildren three boys and a girl. I live on KOKO Ranch in Lake Panasoffkee, Florida.
I retired from teaching after 30 years in 2015. I taught science and agriculture. I now grow Hoya species in a greenhouse on the ranch. I sell online around the world. I have several hybrids of my own and I grow hybrids for other people to evaluate and then disseminate if they are good enough. We also raise black angus cattle.
I came back to school because my customers ask me entomological questions about their plants and I needed a solid knowledge base to be able to answer those questions. I have for many years wanted to attain a doctoral degree but could not decide on a specialty. I love insects and plants so the degree of Doctor of Plant Medicine seems perfect for my purposes. I have really enjoyed the classes so far, especially Dr. Baldwin’s Principles of Entomology.

“Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.”
– Anthony J. D’Angelo