Brassicas: Wild and Tame

I’ve been walking through my neighborhood lately to the library instead of driving. Its a nice four mile round trip loop that starts out in a pretty nice area with big properties and then through some open spaces where I’ve been keeping tabs on the overgrown wild plants. Lots of nettles, mushrooms, pepper tree, nasturtium,Continue reading “Brassicas: Wild and Tame”

Herbs for Dealing with Wildfire Smoke Inhalation

As the winds die down here and the danger of the wildfires have passed, we are left with our valleys filling with harmful smoke that can impact our breathing and health. Those with lung or heart diseases and other health conditions are the most at risk for complications due to exposure. Children and the elderlyContinue reading “Herbs for Dealing with Wildfire Smoke Inhalation”

Raw Hummus with wild Tumbleweed

This morning I was walking around the farm assessing the non-native plant situation where I’m planning to start my epic herb garden. Most things are going to seed and dying at this point in the season except one prominent plant that I’ve been seeing popping up on the local hillsides lately. They are better knownContinue reading “Raw Hummus with wild Tumbleweed”

Magic Potions Kids Workshop

Join us for an interactive and educational experience for kids to learn about the magic of healing herbs and everyday weeds. After a brief tour of the local flora, we will be crafting our very own personalized potions and elixirs! Recommended for ages 7 and up and an accompanying adult. Cost: $25 per child, siblingsContinue reading “Magic Potions Kids Workshop”

Fermented Raw Nut Cheese & Wild Spices

My fermented raw nut cheeses have been quite a crowd pleaser (for vegans and non-vegans alike, which is a total win!) and with so many requests for the recipe and process, here it is! My first go at this I used some wild harvested pinyon pine nuts which, let me tell you, was the mostContinue reading “Fermented Raw Nut Cheese & Wild Spices”

Prickly Pear Mead [Recipe]

Probably one of the most delicious fermented brews that I’ve enjoyed is Prickly Pear mead. Okay, maybe technically its called a “melomel” because it is fermented honey and fruit. But, technicalities aside, with prickly pear fruit in season now, its a great time to make use of this delicious abundant native fruit here in SouthernContinue reading “Prickly Pear Mead [Recipe]”

That time I spent alone in Colorado…

Apparently traveling solo is a natural thing to do after a major life change. One study determined that at least 43% of solo travelers are doing so because they are newly divorced or widowed. I get that. It allows for an opportunity to get to know yourself again. It gives you that much needed spaceContinue reading “That time I spent alone in Colorado…”

Wild Medicine: Plant Walk on May 13th

          Date: May 13, 2017 Time: 9:00am Location: Wildwood Regional Park, 928 W. Avenida de Los Arboles, Thousand Oaks, California   Join local clinical herbalist Jess Starwood on an easy paced hike to identify and explore the native and non-native medicinal plants at Wildwood Regional Park in Thousand Oaks that areContinue reading “Wild Medicine: Plant Walk on May 13th”