May Meeting with Guest Speaker Lanny Kaufer, author of Medicinal Herbs of California
Join us on Tuesday May 17, 2002 for a talk given by Lanny Kaufer, author of Medicinal Herbs of California.
Lanny Kaufer has been leading Herb Walks and Nature Hikes in Ventura, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles Counties since 1976, educating hundreds of people on the local flora with a focus on herbs that can be used for food and medicine. As an herbal educator, Lanny also leads workshops and presentations on the edible and medicinal uses of California plants.
He is the author of Medicinal Herbs of California: A Field Guide to Common Healing Plants (Falcon Guides, 2021). The book is in its second printing and received Honorable Mention from the American Botanical Council for Excellence in Botanical Literature in the popular/consumer category.
Lanny earned a biology degree at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he completed independent studies in naturopathic medicine under physiology professor Dr. Henry Hilgard. He acquired much of his plant knowledge in field study with well-known herbalists and ethnobotanists, including the late herbalist William LeSassier and the late Chumash plant expert Juanita Centeno. Lanny has co-led workshops, field classes and expeditions with Ms. Centeno as well as noted experts such as the late herbalist and author Michael Moore, author-herbalist Michael Tierra, author-forager Christopher Nyerges, author-herbalist Amanda McQuade Crawford, author and Professor Emeritus James Adams of USC School of Pharmacy, and Chumash educators Julie Tumamait-Stenslie and Patrick Tumamait. In 2015 Lanny began offering plant classes through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, a branch of the California State University, Channel Islands, Extended University program.
Lanny is the founder and director of the Ojai Herbal Symposium and Ojai Medical
Cannabis Conference. He serves as chief consultant on medicinal plants for the Swimmer Medicinal Garden in Playa Vista.
Lanny is a proud member of the California Native Plant Society, Keep the Sespe Wild Committee, Ojai Valley Land Conservancy, Ventura Land Trust, American Botanical Council, United Plant Savers, and other groups working toward a sustainable future for plants and people.
Lanny lives in Ojai, California, with his wife Rondia. He actively shares his work online through his website HerbWalks.com, his digital newsletter, and social media.