Acorn Processing Workshop with Christopher Nyerges on Saturday, November 2

Join Ojai herbalist Lanny Kaufer and special guest author and forager Christopher Nyerges for an Acorn Processing Workshop in Ojai on Saturday, November 2, to learn all aspects of foraging, processing and preparing acorns. The workshop will begin with a morning plant walk on the Ventura River Preserve followed by an afternoon workshop under a Coast Live Oak tree at Euterpe Farms. In addition to processing acorns onsite, participants will learn to identify oaks and other useful plants, make cordage from yucca, see an introductory demonstration of primitive firemaking, and enjoy other activities prepared by the multi-talented Nyerges.

Christopher Nyerges is an author, forager, survivalist and ethnobotanist with a lifelong interest in how native peoples lived off the land. He has been teaching classes and leading field trips since 1974 to over 40,000 students. Nyerges has authored nearly two dozen books, including Guide to Wild Foods and Useful Plants, Foraging California, Nuts and Berries of California, How to Survive Anywhere, Extreme Simplicity, and many others.  He most recently was the editor of American Survival Guide magazine, and served as editor of Wilderness Way magazine for 7 years. He has written several thousand newspaper and magazine articles in such publications as the Los Angeles Times, Pasadena Star News, Pasadena Weekly, Whole Life Times, Countryside, Mother Earth News, Acres USA, American  Survival Guide, and others.

Nyerges has appeared on the late Huell Howser’s public television series, KCET’s “Life and Times,” and National Geographic’s “Doomsday Preppers.” For two years, Nyerges appeared on Fox TV’s “X Show,” where he demonstrated survival skills on the streets of Los Angeles. He currently serves as a consultant to the “Naked and Afraid” show on Discovery.  Nyerges’s web site is

Please note: This workshop will go on RAIN OR SHINE with the exception of a heavy downpour in the morning and/or a 100% chance of heavy rain that day. No dogs or smoking, please.

The cost of the workshop including all materials is $75. To register, please visit or call 805-646-6281.  Registrants will receive a confirmation email with all necessary info prior to the event.

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