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January 2020 HerbWalks &
OjaiHerbal Newsletter

Dr. Jim Adams,  plant medicine expert and pharmacology professor at USC, returns to Ojai on Saturday, January 11, for a Winter Medicinal Plant Workshop. It filled up just before we went to press but you can still join the waiting list.  Photo: Lisa Fimiani
Montage from a 2019 Herb Walk at Arroyo Hondo Preserve showing (clockwise from upper left): California Bay leaves, Lanny holding a Chumash toothbrush, and the turnoff for the Bear Crossing Trail. Click on the photo or see the article below for info on our next visit on February 2.
Herb Walks
January & February Events

This is the book you need for the wildflower bloom that's coming soon
Don't let the title fool you. Milt McAuley's classic Wildflowers of the Santa Monica Mountains is about much more than that region. It is the only complete flora identifying all the flowering plants of Southern California, not just the showy ones you think of as "wildflowers." All the flowering plants.

And you won't find a better price than in the Herb Walks Store. In fact, for the month of January, you

– my loyal subscribers –

can use this code (2020-20%off) for an additional 20% discount off the already low original 1996 price of $19.95. Grab the code and go to this page. Do it now before you forget. When the spring has sprung and the sprouts have sproot, you'll be glad you did.
Click on Rochelle Castillo's moonrise photo for info about February 8
The popular Full Moon Sunset series is back in '20
Please visit and "like" the Herb Walks facebook page and follow me on Instagram at ojaiherbal. Thanks!
Toyon berries are the shining stars of the winter landscape. We'll feature them at this workshop. Photo: Lanny Kaufer (January 2, 2020)
Winter Medicinal Plant Workshop

NOTE: This workshop filled up since the other day when I drafted this newsletter. I am still accepting registrations and have started a waiting list. That will allow me to give refunds for cancellations if I'm able to fill the spaces. So don't delay if you want to join me and special guests Professor James Adams of USC School of Pharmacy and friends or a Winter Medicinal Plant Workshop on Saturday, January 11, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. I will start a waiting list in case of cancellations so don't be discouraged. You may stil be able to attend.

This workshop is based on his ground-breaking pharmacological studies on local edible and medicinal native plants.

Products to be prepared and discussed onsite include:

  • Yerba Santa steam inhalation
  • Everlasting Flower tea
  • Acorn baking with Helen Sweany
  • Nopales smoothie with Enrique Villaseñor

We'll also sample Jim's homebaked Lemon Toyon
Berry Muffins and I'll demonstrate a traditional method of processing acorns and describe how I harvest and dry Toyon berries.

Sign up for the waiting list at this link.

Lanny fashioning a Chumash toothbrush at Arroyo Hondo Preserve
Land Trust for Santa Barbara to host two events
The Land Trust for Santa Barbara, stewards of the Arroyo Hondo Preserve and protectors of thousands of acres of Santa Barbara County open spaces, will host two upcoming events with me. First up is a free Lunch and Learn slideshow talk on Wednesday, January 15, on the topic of "Edible and Medicinal Plants of Arroyo Hondo Preserve." Visit this link to learn more and register. Space is limited so act soon if you want to join us.

Then, on Saturday, February, they've invited me to lead an Herb Walk at Arroyo Hondo on the beautiful Gaviota Coast north of Santa Barbara to meet the plants in person. Details and registration at this link.
Lanny, left, presents a check to Vaughn Montgomery of Greater Goods.

Donation to Greater Goods Disaster Relief Fund

Thanks to those of you who attended the 2019 Ojai Herbal Symposium and through the generosity of our sponsors and volunteers, we were able to donate $600 to the Greater Goods Disaster Relief Fund

The fund is dedicated to those in the Ojai Valley who have been significantly impacted by a disaster or emergency and have little in the way of support. It is currently helping local residents affected by the December 2017 Thomas and Koenigstein Fires. 100% of donations go directly to those most in need in the way of seasonal cash aid.

Operating out of an unassuming storefront in Meiners Oaks, Greater Goods has been able to raise over $180,000 & has dispersed $179,980 of that total to over 70 households. At this point they are continuing to serve 46 households. 

Other Local Events
One more chance.....
Did you miss David Crow's enlightening keynote address and presentations at the 2019 Ojai Herbal Symposium in November? And then you missed logging into the online video event shown above in the December newsletter? Well, get one more chance. You can still access a free video of that live one-hour talk at this link. They say the third time's the charm.
The "Ethno Herbalist" explains the chemistry of 
Cannabis at this link
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