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Dr. James Adams, who mostly goes by "Jim," has been a frequent and popular guest of Herb Walks for the past 5 years. Now he's receiving the special recognition he deserves from his home university, the USC School of Pharmacy, where he teaches and runs a lab. See the column below with the article about him in the recent issue of Results magazine. Jim will lead a Spring Medicinal Plant Workshop on April 28. Details below on that, too.
November-December 2017 Newsletter
Lanny's Coming Events

I typically take off December and early January for the holidays, family time, Martin Luther King Day activities, and to plan events for the coming year. Your event and guest presenter suggestions are welcomed.

Sunday, January 21: Native Plant Walk for OVLC's "All About Ojai" series

Saturday, February 3: Winter Wellness Workshop with Jess Starwood

Saturday, April 28: Spring Medicinal Plant Workshop with Professor James Adams, PhD

Identifying and discussing Yerba Santa on the Ventura River Preserve: March 2013
"All About Ojai" series
Please join me for a Native Plant Walk on the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy (OVLC)’s Ventura River Preserve. as part of their ongoing “All About Ojai” Environmental Learning Series. The walk is Part 2 of a weekend event featuring Chumash elder Julie Tumamait-Stenslie.

Read more and sign up at this link.
Shop at the Herb Walks Store this holiday season
If you would like to support my educational mission while benefitting from the time and expertise I've put into compiling a one-of-a-kind bookstore on all things locally herbal and ethnobotanical, please consider doing some of your holiday shopping here.
Clinical herbalist Jess Starwood
Winter Wellness Workshop
We are pleased to present Jess Starwood, clinical herbalist and forager of wild medicine, in her first Ojai workshop. Jess is the owner of SunRaven Apothecary in Moorpark, California where she can be found brewing up herbal elixirs, teas and tonics, or leading group hikes, workshops and nature adventures. With her lifelong passion for nature and plants, Jess has studied natural health and herbal medicine for over 10 years and has a Masters of Science degree in Herbal Medicine from the American College of Healthcare Sciences in Portland, Oregon.

Read more and sign up at this link.
Herbal Thanksgiving!

Allow me to take this opportunity to thank all of you who made my 41st year of Herb Walks a success. That includes everyone who attended an event, those who took the time to share photos and feedback, or who spread the word to their friends and families.

Special thanks to my partners, collaborators, helpers, and co-presenters including my wife Rondia Kaufer, Jim Adams, Enrique Villaseñor, James Wapotich, John Warner, Pascal Baudar, Nathan Whitman, Richard Flowers, Larry Cooper, Lorenz Schaller, Sophia Wong, Vaughn Hirschkorn, the family of Milt McAuley, and all the folks at the Taft Botanic Garden, Santa Barbara Public Library, Wheeler Gorge Visitor Center, and Citizens for Responsible Oil and Gas. It takes a village to support an herbalist. Thank you!!

"The Healing Power of Plants"
As an Associate Professor of Pharmacology at the prestigious University of Southern California, Professor James "Jim" Adams has been teaching pharmacy students, medical students, doctors and other healthcare professionals for over 25 years while researching the natural pharmaceutical compounds in native plants.

Jim was recently featured in a beautifully illustrated cover story in the School of Pharmacy’s magazine, Results. Here is a link to an online edition of the magazine. Advance to page 14 for the article “The Healing Power of Plants.” You may have to do a quick, free signup for the online viewing service.

Are you on facebook? Please visit and "like" my HerbWalks page.
Sacred Datura flower. Photo: Josh Kaplan
It's native planting time!
Here is a link to my website's page of Links to Resources where you can scroll down to the sections entitled GROWING NATIVE PLANTS and NATIVE PLANT NURSERIES. Now is the time!
Happy holidays! Please watch for the next newsletter in January.
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