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Seasonal offerings include educational wild food and herbalism classes, plant and mushroom interpretive walks, multi-course wild food dining experiences and destination foraging adventures.

Homeschool and private programs available by request. Contact me directly at jess@jstarwood.com to set up a memorable yet educational adventure for your group.


December 2021

Flavor & Function: Mushroom Extracts
December 14
(Virtual Presentation for the Mendocino Coast Mushroom Club)
Learn how to extract flavors and utilize medicinal properties from wild mushrooms using several different cooking and extraction techniques in the kitchen and the apothecary.


January 2022


February 2022

Cooking with Wild Mushrooms
February 12 1pm-3:30pm
Thousand Oaks, CA
Learn the best way to prepare, process, and preserve a variety of wild mushrooms found in Southern California and surrounding areas. Followed up with a three course tasting of seasonal gourmet wild mushrooms and beverages.
Limited class size. $85/person
Register with payment via Venmo @ theforesttable AND your email in the comments so I can send you the confirmation and address.
TWP Student Discount available

Medicinal Mushrooms
February 26 1pm-3:30pm
Thousand Oaks, CA
Explore the benefits and uses of medicinal mushrooms, how to source quality products at the store and in the wild. Learn how to extract and preserve the medicinal components of fungi and their practical uses.
Limited class size. $65/person
Register with payment via Venmo @ theforesttable AND your email in the comments so I can send you the confirmation and address.
TWP Student Discount available


March 2022

The Wild Path: Wild Foods I
3 Month Immersive Program
March 2, 2022 —May 28, 2022
Virtual class held Wednesday evenings with field trips and in person workshops on Saturdays once a month. Visit the website for detailed course descriptions. Details & Registration for Spring 2022

Desert WILD! An Immersive Wild Food Adventure
March 12-13, 2022
Central Arizona
Explore the edible and medicinal abundance of the Sonoran Desert in the springtime. Our journey will cover the entire foraging process, from desert to table. We will explore the surrounding foothills, canyons and flowing creeks to identify the local wild edible and medicinal plants, learn sustainable and ethical harvesting practices, preparation, preservation, cooking and plating techniques. All plant-based, organic meals and supplies included. We’ll hike through the forests of saguaros, gather wild foods and learn how to properly process them. Returning to camp, we’ll collectively cook a foraged dinner over the campfire. Rest under the rural desert moon-less sky for stargazing and sit around the campfire to share stories. Bring an instrument if you play one! The following day we’ll share some more wild-inspired meals and learn about desert medicines to craft our own healing remedies to take back home.
Details & Registration


Private Events


If you are interested in a private class, workshop, interpretive plant walk or hike, wild food and drink tasting or private dinner, please contact me directly for details. jess@jstarwood.com

I am also currently considering event collaborations and teaching opportunities for 2022.