Patrina Nuske Small
Organization: Dwarf Tomato Project
Location: Bemboka, New South Wales South
Breeding tomatoes was not something Patrina envisioned after graduating as a Speech Pathologist at Flinders University in Adelaide South Australia. Her interest in gardening piqued as internet gardening forums revealed that a humble tomato could be one of several thousands of varieties, but not in the dwarf category which was quite limited back in 2005 when the idea of the Dwarf Tomato Project was born. Patrina successfully made eight crosses between dwarf tomatoes and heirloom non-dwarf varieties and named the new hybrids using names from ‘Snow White and the 7 dwarfs’, and inventing a name for the 8th ‘dwarf’ (Witty). She has added approximately 20 more hybrids since then. Patrina co-manages the Dwarf Tomato Project as the Southern Hemisphere manager with Craig LeHoullier in North Carolina who manages the Northern Hemisphere team. Several other amateur breeders have joined in this fun project which is run completely by volunteers at Tomatoville.com.