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ENCORE Mushrooms of Southern California & Wild Food Lunch with Jess Starwood

February 27, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm


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As you walk the meadows, mountains, and valleys of Southern California during our brief rainy season, do you find yourself wishing you knew more about the elusive mushrooms you encounter? Turn your wishing into learning on Sunday, February 27, 2022, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. when Herb Walks with Lanny Kaufer hosts an encore workshop with Jess Starwood, author of Mushroom Wanderland: A Forager’s Guide to Finding, Identifying, and Using More Than 25 Wild Fungi!. (Just click on that link to order the book now.) We’ll visit two unique habitats known to be home to several species of fungi and native plants. Of course, we can’t guarantee which mushrooms we’ll find as that is unpredictable, dependent on rainfall, weather, and other factors. Not to worry, though. Jess will bring dried samples from her pantry to fill in the gaps.

We’ll start out at 9 a.m. with a car caravan from Euterpe Farms in Ojai to Wheeler Gorge Visitor Center. From there, we’ll walk through the creekside habitat and beyond in the campground and on the Wheeler Gorge Nature Trail. Then we’ll return to Euterpe Farms for some plant ID, mushroom foraging, and a wild food lunch demonstration prepared by Jess, followed by the afternoon workshop. At 3 pm. Jess and I will sign our respective 2021 books and my mobile bookshop will be open to purchase either title and many more.

Jess Starwood is a forager, plant-based chef, and herbalist. She is the author and photographer of Mushroom Wanderland: A Forager’s Guide to Finding, Identifying, and Using 25 Wild Fungi! and leads wild food and herbalism classes, workshops, and immersive wild food adventures all across the country. She has a Masters of Science degree in Herbal Medicine from the American College of Healthcare Sciences and has worked as a forager and consultant with several Michelin-starred restaurants in Los Angeles.

Jess’s website is at www.jstarwood.com. She can be found on Instagram @jess.starwood.

Lanny Kaufer has been leading Herb Walks in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties since 1976, educating scores of locals and visitors on the flora of the area with a focus on herbs that can be used for food and medicine. As an herbal educator, Lanny also leads workshops and presentations throughout the Ojai-Ventura-Santa Barbara area on the edible and medicinal uses of California plants. He is the author of Medicinal Herbs of California: A Field Guide to Common Healing Plants, recently published by Falcon Guides in December 2021.

Lanny earned a biology degree at the University of California where he completed independent studies in naturopathic medicine under physiology professor Dr. Henry Hilgard. Lanny is a faculty member of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at California State University, Channel Islands. He served as chief consultant on medicinal plants for the redesign of the Swimmer Medicinal Garden in Playa Vista.

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February 27, 2022
9:00 am - 3:00 pm


Lanny Kaufer
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Euterpe Farms
587 S. Rice Rd.
Ojai, CA 93023 United States
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