Jess Starwood is a forager, plant-based chef, teacher, and herbalist with a Masters of Science degree in Herbal Medicine (American College of Healthcare Sciences). She is the founder and owner of SunRaven Apothecary in Thousand Oaks, CA and teaches wild food and herbalism classes. She hosts monthly wild food tasting events featuring her latest culinary creations from her upcoming book “The Forest Table.” She forages local wild foods and herbs for several Michelin starred restaurants in Los Angeles.
In December 2019, Jess was recognized as one of the most creative chefs in Ventura County by Edible Magazine.
Ethical & Sustainability Practices
Jess and SunRaven Apothecary believe that the best medicine comes from a healthy and sustainable environment. With that in mind, ethical practices are followed during all harvesting and foraging activities. SunRaven Apothecary personally grows many medicinal herbs but most native and local herbs are harvested from pristine private property with utmost care and awareness to the environmental impact that foraging can have on an area. When applicable, invasive species are utilized in order to bring balance to the natural and native plant environment.