Chris Baker is a certified mushroom forager, gardener, full-time parent, and founder of Chicory Naturalist, an online resource and shop for budding naturalists of all ages. She has an M.A. in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago with a focus on the cultural ramifications of shifting food systems, and a diverse range of professional experience in the culinary, arts, and agricultural fields. Baker is a passionate lifelong learner, and a strong believer that knowledge is meaningful only to the extent it is shared. She lives in the Hudson Valley with her partner and toddler, who is a constant source of inspiration to question a priori assumptions, and to look deeply and daily at the natural world.