Farmer Profile for Jessica Rubin

Please describe your past and/or present farming experience

I have spent the past 20 years farming, gardening, and tending ecosystems using biodynamic, permaculture, and regenerative techniques. I currently run an earth restoration business dedicated to educating others while increasing pollinator habitat, helping to mitigate storm water runoff, increasing the propagation of endangered & threatened plants, consciously rewilding domesticated landscapes with site specific native perennials, increasing soil fertility, and remediating damaged ecosystems through corresponding fungal innoculations and plant species polycultures.. Check out: http://www.mycoevolve.net to learn more.

Are you currently farming?

Yes

Are you interested in connecting with other farmers to explore collocation or collaborative farm ideas?

Yes

Counties being considered

Addison
Chittenden
Essex
Franklin
Lamoille

What types of enterprises are you considering?

Apple/Fruit
Berries
Flowers
Greenhouse
Herbs
Nursery
Poultry
Vegetables
Woodlot

Total Acres Desired

10.0

Tillable Acres

3.0

Forested Acres

6.0

Acres in Pasture

1.0

Organic

Yes

Farm Structures Needed

Barn(s)
Greenhouses
Other Housing
Shop
Storage

Farmhouse Needed

Doesn't matter

Equipment Needed

I have most of what I need though will be increasing particular technologies once grounded on land.

Which of the following arrangements are you considering?

Lease with Option to Buy
Owner-Financed Sale
Partnership
Work to Own (Gradual Transfer of Responsibility & Farm Assets)

Are you interested in conserved farms?

Yes

Do you have a business plan? Please write an informative description of your vision & goals for your farming future.

A business plan is in motion at the moment. This site would be a homestead, education center, nursery, and model for the services it will impliment throughout the bioregion. Long Term Vision: To develop state wide and bioregional mycoremediation, phytoremediation, & mycofiltration system techniques to implement along all rivers, point source locations, farms, towns, cities, and industrial areas for watershed health. The above vision facilitated from a homestead, education center which includes a nursery of plants and model of regenerative living from which the following services can be delivered: Ecological Inventory: identify, record, and track who lives on and what relationship networks nurture the site Permaculture Consulting: co create a regenerative site design based on observations, intentions, skillsets, and resources Increasing Soil Fertility: develop efficient compost system & maintenance practices, test soil, grow fertility Pollinator Habitat Enhancement: design, install, & maintain native perennial polycultures for indigenous pollinators Rain Gardens: locate, create, & install watershed supportive gardens; conserve soil, filter runoff, & provide habitat Homesteading Gardens: design, install, & maintain site & client specific gardens (kitchen, medicinal, fiber, dye) Threatened & Endangered Plant Sanctuaries: assist in establishing with United Plant Savers a botanical sanctuary Mycoremediation, mycofiltration, mycoforestry projects: install, monitor, maintain site & species specific fungi Phytoremediation: plant site specific species which can remediate polluted or disturbed landscapes Classes, Workshops & Courses: day to month to year long opportunities to study, learn, practice, and experiment Research: ongoing research projects which include both quantitative & qualitative data collection and analysis