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James Adams, PhD, of USC School of Pharmacy shown here under the native California grape arbor at Cluff Vista Park during a previous workshop. Jim will be back on Saturday, July 14, for another Summer Medicinal Plant Workshop.  Read more about it below or click on the photo. Photo: Lanny Kaufer
Pascal Baudar, author and forager extraordinaire, will return on August 11 with a workshop entitled "Brewing Wild Beers with Local Plants" based on his new book just published this year. Read more below or click on the photo.
July 2018 Herb Walks Newsletter
Upcoming Herb Walks Events
James Adams, PhD. Photo: David Sprague
Medicinal Plant Workshop coming soon!

Following another sold-out class in April, special guest Professor James Adams of USC School of Pharmacy will return to Ojai on Saturday, July 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m for a one-day Summer Medicinal Plant Workshop on how to use Chumash medicine to treat summer colds, adjust to the changing season, treat pain and anxiety, and stay healthy all summer.

Sign up at this link.

Rick Halsey speaks to the group during his May fire ecology workshop with architect and property owner John Davis (right) looking on. Photo: Enrique Villaseñor
Davis-Brown property we visited in May featured in Time

The June 2 issue of Time magazine included an article and video entitled "The Lesson of How One California Home Survived Last Year's Historic Wildfires." The home was the one we visited with Rick Halsey on May 5, designed by property owners John Davis and Lorrie Brown of the Ojai firm, Davis Brown Architecture. In fact, some of the video was shot on the day we were there.

Read the article and see the video at this link.

Photo of fire recovery by Leslie Ferraro
Pascal holding up one of his favorite beer ingredients, Mugwort (Artemisia douglasiana) during a previous workshop. Photo: Lanny Kaufer
"Brewing Wild Beers" with the master, Pascal Baudar
Pascal Baudar, author and renowned professional forager for L.A.’s top chefs, will return to Ojai as our special guest on Saturday, August 11, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a workshop on brewing wild beers with local plants. He will demonstrate techniques described in his latest book, The Wildcrafting Brewer, the follow-up to his best-selling 2016 book, The New Wildcrafted Cuisine. A limited number of copies of both books will be available for sale and signing.

Sign up at this link.
Artwork by Jess Starwood who will also be a presenter.
Ojai Herbal Symposium: Nov. 16-18
SAVE THE DATE! I'm still working on the website for the first Ojai Herbal Symposium, November 16-18, featuring keynote speaker Dr. Kevin Spelman, an internationally recognized expert on the molecular biology and clinical therapeutics of botanical medicines, well known for his work on the chemistry of medical Cannabis.

Also presenting is a stellar group of experts, authors and practitioners including pharmacologist  James Adams; integrative oncologist Dr. Mary Hardy; author, herbalist and clinical psychotherapist Amanda McQuade Crawford; medicinal herb specialist Dr. Fred Siciliano; integrative pharmacist Dr. Pam Tarlow; Ayurvedic expert Mela Gaskins Butcher; Rivendell Aromatics founder Sandy Messori and several more exceptional presenters.

Vendor applications available soon for the Herbal Marketplace. Details and registration coming soon at
Can you identify this hedge?
Mystery hedge in Geico commercial
One of my favorite drought tolerant native plants is featured (without a credit!) in a current Geico commercial. The first person to email with the name of this plant will receive a prize of a native plant book the next time he/she shows up at an event. If you would like a longer look at it, you can see the video at this link.
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The herbal sweetener Stevia      (Stevia rebaudiana) may be a treatment for Lyme disease symptoms.
Stevia for Lyme disease?
I received a letter from friend, massage therapist and artist Donna Summerville with the subject line, "Stevia Proving to be Better than Antibiotics for Killing Lyme Disease." You may be as intrigued as I am by what she had to say. 

Read the letter at this link.
Click photo for an article about me and my compost pile in the Ojai Monthly. It's on page 26.
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