Barbara Otrysko is a retired plant pathologist and avid eco-gardener has been growing shiitake mushrooms for home use for many years. She lives in Pointe-Lebel, on the north shore of the St. Lawrence, halfway between Quebec City and Labrador. With her partner, she runs a small U-pick based on permaculture principles. For the last 10 years she has given courses on ecological gardening and strives to promote permaculture principles every chance she gets.