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For the first time, the lowly and humble Black Mustard ( Brassica nigra), she of the succulent and spicy greens, graces this page as our cover girl. Rondia can seriously cook some up -- secret family recipe and all -- so we're hoping to find some where this photo was snapped on Sulphur Mountain when we return on Saturday, February 20.
February 2017 Newsletter
Lanny picking wild spring greens on a previous Herb Walk on the San Antonio Creek Trail. Photo: James Wapotich
Coming Events!!
Jim shows off his Wild Buckwheat Apple Cake at the last Medicinal Plant class
Adams' Winter Workshop is almost full
At the time of this writing, there are just a few spaces left for the Winter Medicinal Plant Workshop with special guest Professor James Adams of USC School of Pharmacy. It's in Ojai this Saturday, February 11, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The morning walk and afternoon kitchen session will focus on how to treat colds and flus and stay healthy in the winter.

You can always expect to be educated, enlightened and entertained when Jim is around. So what are you waiting for?

Read more and register here.
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Toothwort (Cardamine californica), also known as Milk Maids, is an elusive herb we'll be hunting for on February 20. Photo: Greg Pasetta
Presidents' Day Hike on Sulphur Mtn.
Please join me for a nature hike and foraging expedition on West Sulphur Mountain Trail in the Casitas Springs area between Ventura and Ojai. We will identify wild native and naturalized plants in riparian, oak woodland, and coastal sage scrub habitats and demonstrate and discuss their indigenous and modern uses for food, medicine, crafts, landscaping and more.

There will also be opportunities to sample edible wild greens, learn about ethical foraging, and, hopefully, see signs of the animals that inhabit the area.

Read more and register here.
This is the book you must have if you want to learn about medicinal plants of California.
The Revised Third Edition for sale now
For those of you attending this weekend's workshop with Dr. Adams, he will have copies of Healing with Medicinal Plants of the West, Third Edition Revised for sale and signing.

If you can't join us this weekend, then treat yourself to the next best thing: a copy of this landmark book co-written with the late Chumash healer Cecilia Garcia.
I have it in the Herb Walks Bookstore.

Read more and buy it here.

Would you be interested in a guided activity for your child during one of my walks?
We'd like to hear from you parents of 5 to 10 year olds
I'm in discussions with highly regarded environ-mental educator Heather King about her Ventura Wild program possibly offering activities for participants' children on the trail during my Herb Walks and Nature Hikes. Please email if you are interested.
San Antonio Creek at Tucker's Grove in Goleta beckons
�� Santa Barbara, here we come, �� right back where we started from ��
Thanks to the winter rains, water has returned to Santa Barbara’s San Antonio Creek along with Miner’s Lettuce, Thistles, Mustard, Malva, and other edible greens. I will lead a 3-hour Herb Walk there on Saturday, March 11, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

We will identify, demonstrate and discuss the many uses of wild plants for foragers, herbalists and naturalists seeking out plants for food, first aid, home remedies, survival, crafts, ceremony and more. Poisonous plants will also be identified.

Read more and register here.

Heidi Anderson with volunteer on a trash cleanup project
Local Forest Service news
Here's the latest news
from the Ojai Ranger District of the Los Padres National Forest, courtesy of Wilderness/Trails Manager Heidi Anderson who, alas, will be leaving us for a promotion that moves her to Klamath Falls, Oregon. Thanks, Heidi, for all that you've done on the Ojai District!

Road Closures

The following USFS roads are now closed for the winter:

  • Dough Flat (at Tar Creek)
  • Nordhoff Ridge
  • Cherry Creek
  • Reyes Peak (AKA Pine Mtn)

The status of Highway 33 will be changing with the weather and snow levels for the next few months.

Adventure Pass Update:
Due to the lack of available 2017 annual Adventure Passes, forest visitors using standard amenity recreation fee sites within the Los Padres, Angeles, San Bernardino and Cleveland National Forests can display their expired 2016 annual passes until February 28. The 2017 annual Adventure Pass will be available for purchase beginning March 1.

Individuals not in possession of an expired 2016 annual pass can purchase a daily pass for $5. Visitors without a pass could be issued a citation by patrol officers.

Backcountry water report - February 4. Click on the image

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