Heather JohnsonThis year will be my first year teaching Horticulture at Cornerstone Christian School and I cannot express how very excited I am. I have had an interest in growing food, cultivating plants, and tending the earth since I was a little girl planting in my grandmothers garden. In 2003 fresh out of the United States Army I set to work in growing my knowledge in horticulture professionally. I started by earning my Environment Horticulture degree at Lake Washington Technical College. I then ran my own landscape design company for 7 years before going back to school at WSU. At WSU I earned a bachelors of science majoring in Organic Agricultural food systems, a second major in Food Security, and finally a minor in Soil Science. In addition to landscaping I have worked on several farms including Flora’s Lynden farm as the greenhouse coordinator before its closure in 2012 and as an interior plant technician in Seattle before moving to Bellingham in 2006.I am so excited to share my knowledge with students that are interested in the way our plant life grows and to explore the many career options that an education in horticulture provides. In this course I plan to blend together the scientific principles behind plant and soil sciences with practical applications. We are so blessed to have a wonderful greenhouse and the surrounding land for our course.When I am not teaching at Cornerstone I am running my freelance digital marketing company and working as the gleaning assistant for the Bellingham Food Bank in the summer. In my free time I can be found in my home garden or hiking with husband, son, and dog on one of our lovely trails here in the PNW.