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Fall Harvesting & Survival Workshop with Christopher Nyerges

October 9 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm


Christopher at the 2020 fall workshop grilling acorn pancakes over a fire he started with a fire kit made up of natural plant materials. Photo: Lanny Kaufer


Join me and renowned author/forager/survivalist Christopher Nyerges on Saturday, October 9, in Ojai for an outdoor Fall Harvesting and Survival Workshop.

Participants will:

  • process acorns and black walnuts for eating
  • learn to identify edible and medicinal plants
  • practice making cordage from yucca leaves
  • watch Christopher start a campfire for cooking acorn pancakes using only natural plant materials

There may be other activities, depending on seasonal foods and supplies available.

The workshop will begin with a morning herb walk among the native plants on the fringes of Euterpe Farms, bordering the Ventura River Preserve. The afternoon workshop will take place under oak trees. Everyone will have a chance to participate in all activities.

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 Foraging California, Guide to Wild Foods, 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 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, he 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. Christopher Nyerges’ web site is SchoolofSelf-Reliance.com.

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.

Paid registrants will receive a confirmation email with all necessary info, including weather forecast and parking directions, a few days prior to the workshop. They also will receive a follow-up email afterwards with a list of all plants identified, recipes, and more. No dogs or smoking, please.

The cost for the workshop, including all materials, is $85 for adults and $45 for children under 18, one child per adult. Please use the REGISTER link at top and bottom of this page to sign up before clicking on the PayPal button. Please note: online payment includes PayPal fee. If you prefer to mail a check, please let me know when you register.


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October 9
10:00 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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