40 Under 40, Class of 2017

Jessie Jacobson


Tonkadale Greenhouse

Job Title

President, Owner, Gardener


  • Provides vegetable starts and seeds to community gardens, a not-for-profit teaching farm and school gardens. These gardens produce up to 20,000 pounds of produce annually.
  • Named to Minneapolis/St. Paul magazine’s 2016 Home & Design 100 that recognizes those individuals who “add style and wow” to the Twin Cities.


Can’t Live Without: Coffee, a legal pad and a sharp pencil.

Fun Facts

Bow Queen: Jessie has a black belt in tying bows. “I have tied tens of thousands of bows in my career. Customers often ask if I went to school to learn this skill. I say, ‘Of course!’ I invented pine cones on a stick.”