In this time of the 6th Great Extinction why does she feel called to dedicate her life to earth repair endeavors, how is the work being approached here on unceded Abenaki territory and with whom is collaboration essential? While returning to school for more training to hone her knowledge, understanding, and skills, Jess will share about the humbling opportunity to continue nurturing her business of ecological resilience from the soil up; grounded in earthworks, education, and research to cocreate a healthier and more just world for all.
Jess Rubin practices listening to and reading surrounding landscapes in Vermont, the unceded territory of the Abenaki People which they call N’dakkina translated as Dawnland. While gardening and wilderness guiding, Jess earned herbalism, nature awareness, outdoor education and permaculture certificates, a BA from Cornell University in Ecological Literature with Native American Studies minor and an MS in Environmental Studies with VT middle and high school science teaching licenses from Antioch NE. She has served as a nature mentor, public school science teacher, environmental studies college adjunct, university guest lecturer, scientific researcher, conservation crew leader, and corridor monitor, while observing earth system dynamics and witnessing trophic relationships. As she rehabilitates degraded ecosystems, and rejuvenates recovering habitats, she studies in UVM’s Plant Soil Science Department aiming for a Masters in Ecological Landscape Design. She founded and facilitates ecological resilience service, MycoEvolve, which through research, education, and earthworks harnesses regenerative practices to facilitate earth repair while restoring watershed health.