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This one's filling up and no wonder. In addition to a morning walk and afternoon class, you'll go home with your own handmade medicinal mushroom chocolate truffles along with the recipe...on Saturday before Valentine's Day. How convenient!

Thanks to the rain we're getting, this should be a great year for succulent young edible greens like Miner's Lettuce. Come with me and let's go find some on San Antonio Creek at Tucker's Grove on Presidents' Day.

Renowned author, forager and survivalist Christopher Nyerges will join us for a field workshop on Saturday. March 9. He's shown here harvesting non-native Chickweed for a salad, one of the activities planned in Ojai.

February 2019 Herb Walks Newsletter
Upcoming Herb Walks Events
Herbalist Jess Starwood has been on a mushroom mission.
Tasting the Wild with Jess Starwood on Saturday, February 9
Jess Starwood, clinical herbalist and forager of wild medicine, will return on Saturday, February 9, for her second Herb Walks workshop in Ojai. Jess is the owner of SunRaven Apothecary in Thousand Oaks, California where she can be found brewing up herbal elixirs, crafting gourmet wild foods, and teaching classes and workshops on medicinal and edible plants and mushrooms.

In this class, you will identify and experience several wild winter plants and mushrooms to be found in Southern California locales this time of year. In the kitchen, Jess will share for the first time her wildly popular medicinal mushroom chocolate truffle recipe and all participants will go home with some truffles they made by hand themselves, just in time for Valentine's Day.

Read more and register at this link.

Please "like" my HerbWalks facebook page and follow me on Instagram at ojaiherbal to stay up to date.

San Antonio Creek should have more water and more life than we've seen in a few years.
Presidents' Day Herb Walk on San Antonio Creek

Scheduled on a Monday for the weekend warriors, this affordable, family-friendly walk will include identifying demonstrating and discussing the many uses of wild plants by foragers, herbalists, and naturalists seeking them out for food, first aid, home remedies, survival, crafts, ceremony and more. Poisonous plants will also be identified.

Trailside discussion will include humankind’s role in the ecological balance, sustainable harvesting, Chumash plant uses, and other topics generated by the participants. This slow-paced walk is suitable for hikers of all levels able to walk less than 2 miles round-trip and stand for periods of time.

Read more and register at this link.

Please click on the screenshot to visit and let me know what you think.
A new look at the HerbWalks

The website, born in 2011, now has a new "responsive" look. I'd like your input so here's what I'm offering to the first 5 people who respond: If you will send  a few sentences of feedback to, I will send you a FREE* copy of Milt McAuley's epic illustrated flora, Wildflowers of the Santa Monica Mountains. You can email me first to see if you are still within the first 5. I will post the names of the winners in the next newsletter.

*The only charge is the cost of shipping by media mail or you can pick up your copy at the next Herb Walks event.

Alena of Earth Tide Botanicals holding a jar of their local, organic farmgrown Chamomile flowers.
New Herbal CSA starts up
Our friends Alena and Daniel of Earth Tide Botanicals just announced that shares in their new Herbal CSA will become available in late March.
Read more and get in on the organic action at this link.
Christopher Nyerges teaching on the trail.
Christopher Nyerges' first Ojai class in 40 years!
Join me and very special guest Christopher Nyerges for an Ojai field workshop on Saturday, March 9, to learn foraging and survival skills.

Christopher Nyerges is an author, forager, survivalist and ethnobotanist who has been teaching classes and leading field trips since 1974 to over 40,000 students. 

Nyerges has authored nearly two dozen books, including Guide to Wild Foods, Foraging California, Nuts and Berries of California, How to Survive Anywhere, Extreme Simplicity, and many others.

Read more and register at this link.
Elderberry juice made fresh in June can be frozen or canned for winter use. Photo: Lanny Kaufer
Excellent Elderberry Article by the Ethno Herbalist
Dr. Kevin Curran is a biology professor at the University of San Diego who teaches classes on Cell Biology and Ethnobotany.

His EthnoHerbalist website includes an excellent and extremely thorough article entitled "3 benefits of black elderberry syrup for our immune system." 

Now is the time of year to read it and that link right there will take you to it. Thanks, Kevin!
Call to action in the forest!
Can you imagine my shock and dismay when I saw this headline in a Los Padres Forest Watch newsletter? "Forest Service Approves First Commercial Logging Project in Los Padres National Forest in Decades"  Read it and weep (or get angry and do something) at this link.
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