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November 2021 HerbWalks & OjaiHerbal Newsletter
Following his sold-out workshop on October 24, Professor Emeritus Jim Adams of USC School of Pharmacy is coming back on Sunday, November 14, for an ENCORE Fall Medicinal Plant Workshop. It's also maxed out but you can click on the image to learn more and join the waiting list. You'd be surprised what can happen in the last 24 hours before an event.  Photo: Lisa Fimiani
Jess Starwood will grace us with her presence and her knowledge when she returns on Saturday, January 22, for her first Ojai workshop since the 2021 publication of her book, Mushroom Wanderland. I'll have it in my bookshop soon so please check back.
The publication date for my book is December 30. You can pre-order it and possibly receive it in late December by visiting this link on my website. Remember, authors appreciate when you buy direct from them instead of Amazon.  Cover photo of White Sage by Jess Starwood
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Jim Adams introducing students to White Sage. Photo: Enrique Villaseñor
Should we schedule an Advanced Medicinal Plant Workshop in 2022?
Have you attended one of pharmacologist Jim Adams' workshops or read his book, Healing with Medicinal Plants of the West?  Now retired from  USC School of Pharmacy, Jim has been a frequent and popular contributor to my events for the past eight years. Prompted by requests from some of you who have joined us in the past and who want to dig deeper, we would like to hear from you if you're interested in an Advanced Medicinal Plant Workshop. If there's sufficent interest we will schedule one. Please email
If you haven't met and studied with Jim, visit this link to learn more about him and his upcoming November 14 workshop.
Click on the image above to see the publisher's press release.
A few more advance reviews of  Medicinal Herbs of California
My new field guide for Falcon Guides,  Medicinal Herbs of California, is at the printer now and set to be released on December 30, supply chains willing. The last two months I shared a few pre-release comments by some esteemed reviewers who had a chance to see the book ahead of time. You can read all their comments at this link or pre-order the book by clicking on the book title wherever it appears in this column. Here are some more reviews:
“"In Lanny Kaufer’s new book Medicinal Herbs of California, we find an encyclopedic presentation that transcends rote identification and gets to the heart of what it means to understand the land as a function of being human. By exploring the conservation status, the traditional and modern usage, and the cultivation of the entries, Kaufer’s holistic exploration of California’s herbarium reveals an inroad to an intimate identity with actually being from and learning to honor the place of his study." — Obi Kaufmann, Author, The California Field Atlas

“Whether you’re a beginning or a more advanced herbalist, Kaufer’s field guide is a must-have for your library. The book gets my highest praise and recommendation.” — Christopher Nyerges, Author, Foraging California and Foraging Wild Edible Plants of North America; Co-founder, School of Self-Reliance


Medicinal Herbs of California is an indispensable resource for nature enthusiasts and herbalism students alike.” — Jess Starwood, Author, Mushroom Wanderland

Click on the USFS logo above to visit the Ojai Ranger District webpage for the latest info on trails, campgrounds, closures and more.
Jess Starwood with the prince mushroom ( Agaricus augustus)
Mushrooms of Southern California and Wild Food Lunch with Jess Starwood 

As you walk the meadows, mountains, and valleys of Southern California during our brief rainy season, do you find yourself wishing you knew more about the elusive mushrooms you encounter? Turn your wishing into learning on January 22, 2022, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. when Herb Walks with Lanny Kaufer hosts a workshop with forager/chef Jess Starwood, author of Mushroom Wanderland: A Forager’s Guide to Finding, Identifying, and Using More Than 25 Wild Fungi.


We’ll visit two unique habitats known to be home to several species of fungi and native plants. Of course, we can’t guarantee which mushrooms we’ll find as that is unpredictable, dependent on rainfall, weather, and other factors. Not to worry, though. Jess will bring dried samples from her pantry to fill in the gaps.


To learn more and sign up, visit this link.

Lanny holding winnowed California Buckwheat seed. Photo: Angela Rockett Kirwin
Wild Buckwheat Seed: An Overlooked Superfood
At our Fall Medicinal Plant Workshops with Jim
Adams, we usually prepare a baked dish with flour ground from Wild California Buckwheat seed ( Eriogonum fasciculatum). Pre-pandemic, when we had use of an indoor kitchen, Jim baked a Buckwheat Apple Cake. Now that we're outdoors, I grill Buckwheat Pancakes.
Not only is buckwheat seed gluten-free for those concerned about that, it's also a complete protein, unlike flours made from whole wheat and white flour. Click on the image below to see the nutrient comparison.
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