November 2014 Newsletter
Julie Tumamait-Stenslie at last year's Herb Walk on the OVLC's Ventura River Preserve. Photo by Ben Grangereau.
November 2014
Photo by Amy Herron

Julie Tumamait-Stenslie's annual workshop with us

Once a year, we are fortunate to have Chumash educator, elder, and Tribal Chair Julie Tumamait-Stenslie join us to lead a workshop. This year it's an Herb Walk and Acorn Workshop on Sunday, November 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. We'll walk the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy's Ojai Meadows Preserve in the morning, stop for lunch at Farmer & the Cook, and then process acorns in the afternoon at Euterpe Farms in Meiners Oaks. Read more about Julie and the workshop here.

Discount Code!!!

As our thank-you to you for opening and reading this newsletter, here is a discount code worth 10% off all items (except Gift Certificates) for the month of November at the Herb Walks Store.

Just click on the Herb Walks logo below to get the code, then copy and paste it when requested at checkout.
Discount code!

Lorenz K. Schaller and the Kusa Seed Society

If you've walked or hiked with us this year, chances are you've met my good friend Lorenz who has assisted me in countless ways on and off the trail. As he's not one to toot his own horn, I want to share the valuable education and preservation work he does with his non-profit organization, The Kusa Seed Society, established in 1980.

Lorenz' mission is "to assure the survival of many ancient, rare, and endangered edible seedcrop strains. The focus is on seedcrops whose grain can be used as staple food and which can also be saved as seed." (from the introduction to the Kusa Seed and Literature Catalog)

i encourage you to read more at and support his vital service on behalf of the "staff of life."

Upcoming Events

"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe."  --  John Muir

Sunday, November 9: Herb Walk and Acorn Workshop with special guest Julie Tumamait-Stenslie

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Holiday gifts for the herbally inclined

With the holiday gift season soon upon us, the Herb Walks Store at Herb is the place to find that special reference book or field guide for the person in your life who shares your interest in native plants, herbal knowledge and related topics. If that special person is really you, you might consider telling any of your loved ones who ask for suggestions that they can shop for you there.

We have Siskiyou Cedar incense from Juniper Ridge and Herb Walks Gift Certificates, too, so please take a minute to check it out. Your purchases help to defray our expenses and are much appreciated.
Bruce Vincent
Photo review session with Bruce at Farmer and the Cook. Photo by Alexi Vincent.

Thank you to our October guest presenters!

And thanks to all of you who participated

Naturalist/photographer Bruce Vincent and pharmacologist/author/healer Dr. James Adams joined us for two outstanding special events in October. So here's a big shout-out of thanks to both of them. Thank you!!!

On Sunday, October 19, Bruce and his wife Alexi accompanied us to three scenic locations in Rose Valley that provided varous photo opportunities. Our last stop was Rose Valley Falls Trail where we found the Brown Dogwood leaves turning fall colors....
Photo by Robert Feist

..and water still flowing down the Falls.
Photo by Holly Woolson

Bruce's eye for artistic composition and his useful tips on lighting, focus, and other key aspects of photography made for an "enlightening" day. After the outing, most of us reconvened at Farmer and the Cook in Meiners Oaks where we ate delicious organic food and reviewed our photos on a laptop.

A week prior, on Saturday, October 11, Dr. Adams hiked with us into the Upper North Fork of Matilija Creek where he dispensed medicinal plant knowledge and health wisdom in his inimitable style.
Photo by Lorenz K. Schaller

Jim shared information and recipes for California Bay, Coastal Sagebrush, White Sage and Yerba Santa among some 17 plants that we ID'ed and discussed. What a resource he is!

We are indeed privileged to have experts like Bruce and Jim participating in our programs.

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