food. medicine. community.


SEPTEMBER 2022


Forager + Wildcrafter’s Fall Celebration

September 24, 2022
Newbury Park, CA
10am-3pm
Join me for a full day of seasonal wild foods—a plant walk in the morning then a cooking demo and wild food and beverage tasting in the afternoon.

SOLD OUT, thank you. Waitlist available; email jess@jstarwood.com


LA MycoMixer

September 25, 2022
Location TBD
1-5pm
The first event of the season for the culinary group of the Los Angeles Mycological Society (LAMS) to meet other mycophagists (eaters of fungi) in the area. We’ll have a cooking demo, mushroom forward food tastings and more. Proceeds for this event supports LAMS.

Join the Los Angeles Mycological Society
$35 for members to attend, Venmo @ theforesttable


OCTOBER 2022

Acorn Mountain Camp

October 22-23, 2022
San Bernardino Mountains

Come to the mountains for a two day camp at Cold Creek Organic Orchard to learn all about foraging acorns. Oak trees provide an important and valuable source of food and medicine as well as many creative and craft uses. We will be learning how to identify different groups of oaks and getting to know the key species that live in Southern California and beyond. But it doesn’t just stop with oaks and their acorns—we’ll also explore the other important species that depend on this abundant and long-lived tree to create habitat, food and a foundation for the local ecosystem.

Details & Registration


Fall Foraging Workshop / Ojai, CA
with Jess Starwood & Lanny Kaufer

October 29, 2022
9am-4pm
Register with Lanny Kaufer at HerbWalks.com


NOVEMBER 2022

The Forest Table, a Wild Food Dinner / Ojai, CA
with Jess Starwood & Lanny Kaufer

November 12, 2022
Register with Lanny Kaufer at HerbWalks.com


DECEMBER 2022

Baja Botanical Adventure / BCS, Mexico
with Jess Starwood & Dennis Sharmahd

December 2-9, 2022
Explore rural Southern Baja Mexico, in search of rare and endemic plants, fruits and mushrooms. Your leaders are Dennis Sharmahd, an ethnobotanical expert who has been studying and exploring the region for over 30 years, along with Jess Starwood, herbalist, chef and adventurer. Our home base will be in rustic cabins, walking distance from a beautiful waterfall, perfect for swimming and cooling off. We’ll hike through different regions from coastal to canyon and mountain, visit a beautiful ethno-botanical garden learning about the flora and fauna and their edible and medicinal uses. Visits to springs, waterfalls and a chance to take a dip in the warm ocean at every chance we get. Learn and adventure with a like-minded group, making friends throughout the week together. We arrive as strangers, but leave as family.

Email jess@jstarwood.com for an application


The Wild Path Courses


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

I am also currently considering event collaborations and teaching opportunities for 2023.