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This photo was taken on Horn Canyon Trail in April, 2015, by Carolyn Emmons. We were discussing the identifying characteristics of Horehound ( Marrubium vulgare), a non-native plant with a long history of use as an herbal home remedy for coughs. We're going back on April 3.
March-April 2016 Newsletter
Renowned L.A.-based cocktail chef and author Matthew Biancaniello will forage with me in Ojai and make mixology magic on Sunday, April 10.
Coming Events !!
Rescued from obscurity!
Milt McAuley's classic flora available exclusively at
For the first time in years, this classic is available online brand-new at the original 1996 price exclusively in the Herb Walks Store. No longer distributed, it's sold only by collectible and used book sellers and one National Park Service visitor center. Now a few remaining copies were discovered by the publisher and offered to us so that we can pass them on to you at the original 1996 price of $19.95. The lowest current price for a new copy on Amazon is $46.45 (3/17/16).

Read more and order a copy here.
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Visit often to stay updated on the schedule of events. We are adding new ones throughut the year.
Rondia takes a break by a wildflower patch on the trail to Gridley Spring.
Gridley Spring/Spring Equinox Nature Hike on Sunday, March 20
Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Herb Walks and the splendor of the Spring Equinox on a Nature Hike to Gridley Spring in the Topa Topa Mountains of Ojai on Sunday, March 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Witness the annual wildflower season and learn about edible, medicinal and other useful survival plants along the way. We will also keep an eye out for birds, butterflies and other wildlife and discuss the ecology of the area. Stunning views of the Ojai Valley as the trail gains elevation are an extra highlight.

Read more and register here.
Western Tiger Swallowtail on Brodiaea flower. Photo: Heidi Anderson (USFS)
Horn Canyon Herb Walk on Sunday, April 3

More rain this year means more of everything to enjoy on this beautiful trail. Please join me for an Herb Walk in the “East End” of the Ojai Valley as we identify and sample wild plants in riparian and chaparral habitats. We’ll discuss and demonstrate their indigenous and modern uses for food, medicine, first aid, survival, drought-tolerant gardening, and much more.

This will be a slow-paced walk of about 1.5 miles round trip with very gradual elevation gain.

Read more and register here.
Celebrate Earth Day with us in Oxnard on Sat., April 9, and at the Wheeler Gorge Open House on Sat. April 16
Rondia and I will be setting up our mobile bookstore and slideshow at Oxnard's 2016 Earth Day celebration on Saturday, April 9. Come see us!

Then, one week later, join me for a short 1.5 hour Nature Walk in conjunction with the annual Wheeler Gorge Visitor Center Open House. I’ll take a break from our booth — featuring our mobile Herb Walks Bookstore — at 1:00 p.m. to walk up the nearby Wheeler Gorge Nature Trail.
The gorge at the mouth of scenic Potrero John Creek
Nature Hike to Potrero John Camp on Sunday, April 24

Please join me and a friendly group of like-minded learners and lovers of the outdoors for a Nature Hike to Potrero John Camp deep in the Sespe Wilderness of the Los Padres National Forest.

The hike will take place on Potrero John Creek, 20 miles north of Ojai. We will cover 1.7 miles each way on a mostly level trail with very gradual elevation gain through chaparral and riparian settings, beginning at 3700 feet. We’ll stop for lunch at Potrero John Camp.

Read more and register here.
Lanny and Jim on the OVLC's Ventura River Preserve. Photo: Harold Wissell
Medicinal Plant Weekend with Dr. James Adams of USC School of Pharmacy on June 4-5
Please join me and special guest Dr. James Adams of USC School of Pharmacy for our first-ever, in-depth Medicinal Plant Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, June 4-5.

On Saturday we will travel to a one or more locations and spend the day exploring different plant communities.

Then on Sunday we will hike and forage in the morning, take a lunch break in Ojai, and go to a downtown Ojai kitchen where Dr. Adams will show us how to prepare plant medicines from material we have gathered.

Read more and register here.
Forage with the author here in Ojai
Foraging Walk and Primitive Herbal Brewing with Pascal Baudar on Saturday, April 30
Pascal Baudar, author and renowned professional forager for L.A.’s top chefs, will be our very special guest on Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

He will join me for an Herb Walk on Wheeler Gorge Nature Trail and then lead a wild food demonstration featuring primitive herbal brews and other creations from his soon-to-be-published book, The New Wildcrafted Cuisine: Exploring the Exotic Gastronomy of Local Terroir (publication date: March 24, 2016).

Pascal will have copies of his new book on hand for sale and signing.

Read more and register here.
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