food. medicine. community.

Jess Starwood— herbalist, forager and chef—creates an innovative yet traditional approach to herbal medicine, wild foods and connecting the community with our local natural environment. Jess’ first book, Mushroom Wanderland: A Forager’s Guide to Finding, Identifying and Using More Than 25 Wild Fungi, is available from all major booksellers. She was recognized as one of the most creative chefs in Ventura County by Edible Ojai & Ventura County magazine in December 2019 and has worked with several top Michelin-starred chefs in Los Angeles, CA to bring nutritious yet flavorful, wild foods to the table. Not only sharing a love for unique and unusual foods, Jess strives to help students cultivate an intimate, sustainable and connected relationship with the land.

Classes and workshops for adults and children are held regularly in the Greater Los Angeles area and west coast. Weekend and week-long wild food adventures are also occasionally available. Be sure to check out the event calendar or join the mailing list to be notified first of openings and availability.