Acorn Workshop with Author-Forager Christopher Nyerges

November 2, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Euterpe Farms and Ventura River Preserve
587 S. Rice Rd. Ojai CA 93023
Lanny Kaufer


I’m pleased to welcome back special guest author-forager-survivalist Christopher Nyerges for another hands-on Ojai field workshop on Saturday, November 2, this time focused on acorns, the primary subsistence food of the local native Chumash and most California tribes. The workshop will begin with a morning plant walk on the Ventura River Preserve followed by an afternoon workshop at Euterpe Farms.

You’ll learn about the historical and cultural value of acorns in the west coast societies. Participants will learn by doing. You will go through the entire process of turning the raw acorn into a delicious food. You’ll shell acorns and learn how to recognize a good one vs. one you will discard. You will grind, sift, leach, test, leach some more, and blend with a few other ingredients to make acorn food products. Bring your bowl.

Because Thanksgiving is close, we’ll also prepare a few other wild food dishes in addition to our acorn processing and cooking. There will be minimal walking but still bring your field notebook.

Christopher harvesting Chickweed for a wild salad

Christopher Nyerges is an author, forager, survivalist and ethnobotanist with a lifelong interest in how native peoples lived off the land. He has been teaching classes and leading field trips since 1974 to over 40,000 students. Nyerges has authored nearly two dozen books, including Guide to Wild Foods, Foraging California, Nuts and Berries of California, How to Survive Anywhere, Extreme Simplicity, and many others.  He most recently was the editor of American Survival Guide magazine, and served as editor of Wilderness Way magazine for 7 years. He has written several thousand newspaper and magazine articles in such publications as the Los Angeles Times, Pasadena Star News, Pasadena Weekly, Whole Life Times, Countryside, Mother Earth News, Acres USA, American  Survival Guide, and others.

Christopher igniting a fire he started with a hand drill in Ojai, May 2019.

Nyerges has appeared on the late Huell Howser’s public television series, KCET’s “Life and Times,” and National Geographic’s “Doomsday Preppers.” For two years, Nyerges appeared on Fox TV’s “X Show,” where he demonstrated survival skills on the streets of Los Angeles. He currently serves as a consultant to the “Naked and Afraid” show on Discovery.  Nyerges’s web site is

Please note: This workshop will go on RAIN OR SHINE with the exception of a heavy downpour in the morning and/or a 100% chance of heavy rain that day. No dogs or smoking, please.

Please click on the REGISTER button below to sign up before using the PayPal link to secure a space. The $75 fee includes all materials. Registrants will be emailed a receipt from PayPal immediately and receive another email as the event gets closer from with all necessary information including directions, what to bring, etc. Contact if you prefer to mail in a check.


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