Fall Foraging Workshop with Jess Starwood and Lanny Kaufer
October 29 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm$125
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One may describe the subtle fall season in Southern California as dry and desolate with nothing to forage—a time when fading memories of the verdant season of fresh greens, mushrooms, flowers and fruits are long gone. Instead, if we shift our perception—this is the abundant season for seeds, nuts, acorns and roots.
In this full day workshop on Saturday, October 29, we will enjoy a mindful walk in the morning in Matilija Canyon among the oaks, alder, black walnut and bay trees, noticing how the plants and environment change during this season. We will identify edible and medicinal plants and mushrooms that can help to nourish and heal us in the months to come.
After our morning walk, we will gather in Fisher Hall at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in downtown Ojai for a wild food lunch, beverages, and a cooking demonstration featuring some of the ingredients we encountered in the morning. We will then have a hands-on workshop where participants will be making California bay nut chocolate and other tasty fall treats.
ABOUT JESS STARWOOD:
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 and south of the border.
Jess 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.
ABOUT LANNY KAUFER:
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 (Falcon Guides, 2021).Please be sure to use the REGISTER link below before returning to this page to click on the PayPal button to complete payment and secure your space. Note: Online payment includes a PayPal fee. To avoid that, when you register you can request instructions for mailing a payment of $125/person.