Krista Cushman is a gardening, plant crazy, chicken loving viticulturist with a profound love for the Columbia Gorge.
She spends her days outside looking for bugs, fungus and mold in vineyards. Ever since the first autumn morning that she noticed the explosion of mushrooms in the forest she has been running into the woods with wonder and a hunger for knowledge whenever she finds a spare moment.
In a different life, she received a masters in education from Lewis and Clark and was inspired and guided by place based education. Now she combines her love of foraging and the Columbia gorge with teaching. A yearning to know the forest and how each organism relates to one another fills her with a deep sense of awe and purpose. Sharing the outdoors with her daughters and cultivating their relationship with the woods is her great joy in life. If you find yourself walking through the woods, yodel and she just might yodel back.