Tusha’s first mushroom.

Tusha Yakovleva is a life-long gatherer, thanks to her family and first home - Russia - where harvesting plants and mushrooms for food and medicine is common practice. She spent years in the Hudson River watershed, growing perennials, keeping seeds, running a wild food program, learning the gifts of weeds, and organizing community gardening and forestry efforts. Tusha’s work revolves around generating strong, respectful relationships between plants and people. She now lives in the watershed of Onondaga Lake, attending SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry where she studies how to build generous bonds between land and people.