Jessica moved to Carson Valley over 4 years ago with her family from Salt Lake City, Utah. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Idaho and a Certification in Ornamental Horticulture from Utah State University.
In 2008, she and a friend started a business installing family vegetable gardens and helping them maintain them. In 2011, she began working at the Salt Lake County Jail Horticulture Program, where she helped develop and implement a 1.8-acre vegetable, fruit and herb garden that provided educational programming for inmates for five years. After moving to the Carson Valley, she worked for the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California, developing programming for tribal members and decedents.
Gardner plans to revise the Douglas County Master Gardner Program and learn more about the programming wants and needs of the Douglas County community. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, biking, swimming, whitewater rafting, reading, camping, and spending time with family and friends.