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Jess Starwood is an established author, naturalist, herbalist and educator. She recently wrote and photographed Mushroom Wanderland: A Forager’s Guide to Finding, Identifying and Using More Than 25 Wild Fungi. She also writes regularly for Edible Ojai & Ventura County magazine.

Jess currently teaches foraging, wild foods and nature education classes for children and adults. She founded The Wild Path, a wild food apprenticeship program in 2020 which strives to connect the community to nature in a positive and sustainable way through an immersive six month program. She also leads wild food group adventures on the West Coast, Southwest United States and Mexico.

She is a member of the Culinary Committee for the North American Mycological Association (NAMA) and a member of several mycological societies in the west. She is the Newsletter Editor for the Los Angeles Mycological Society.