“It was kind of an accident,” Krista tells me during an interview at her grow. “I had a friend who was working in a grow and asked if I could help him out over the summer. And now I’ve been doing it for eight years.” It’s a story we hear all the time: someone with no formal agricultural training starts growing almost on a lark. They start as trim crew or even cleaning staff that’s helping flip rooms after a harvest.

Krista went on to win Best Terpenes in our 2018 Colorado competition and her dispensary, Simply Pure, can’t keep the strain on the shelves.