Screen Shot 2019-04-09 at 4.36.59 PMJess Starwood is a forager, plant-based chef, teacher, and herbalist with a Masters of Science degree in Herbal Medicine (American College of Healthcare Sciences). She is the founder and owner of SunRaven Apothecary in Thousand Oaks, CA and teaches wild food and herbalism classes. She hosts monthly wild food tasting events featuring her latest culinary creations from her upcoming book “The Forest Table.” In addition to Yapa, she forages local wild foods and herbs for several Michelin starred restaurants in Los Angeles. Instagram @jess-starwood


Current Offerings

Screen Shot 2019-02-25 at 11.02.37 PMVisit the Event Calendar for the latest schedule of events. These events are held throughout the year in California. Would you like to host one of these events at your location? Contact Jess directly at

Apothecary Bar: Herbal Drinks and Elixirs
A tasting of handcrafted beverages, cocktails and elixirs infused with medicinal and wild flavors.

Tasting the Wild: Plant Walks + Wild Food Tastings
Join your local herbalist, plant-based chef and wild food forager Jess Starwood for a guided tour to explore the vibrant healing plants in our local environment. We will identify the plants and mushrooms we encounter and discuss their medicinal uses and culinary applications. Afterwards, enjoy a five course wild food and drink tasting with this season’s freshest wild ingredients.

The Forest Table: Wild Food Dining Experience
A multi-course collaborative dining experience in a wilderness setting with Jess Starwood and occasionally a guest chef. First, take a journey through the edible and medicinal landscape to learn about the natural abundance all around us. Then, you will be treated to a formal multi-course wild food inspired dinner with creative and colorful photo-worthy dishes.

Wild Medicine: Medicinal Plant Walk and Meditations
Take a mindful and educational walk through the verdant landscape, bursting with spring energy. What wisdom do these plants have to share with us? What are they wanting from us? What lessons and healing can they offer us if we take the time to listen? Jess Starwood, herbalist, forager and chef, will guide a sunset plant walk facilitating an introduction to plant wisdom as well as sharing the edible and medicinal uses of these healing plants. At the conclusion of the walk, Jess will share a range of handcrafted herbal elixirs with a decadent wild food inspired dessert.

Home School & After School Herbal Enrichment Programs

Screen Shot 2018-11-29 at 7.01.30 AMJess offers customized herbal and foraging skills education for home school students and public school enrichment programs. For more information please submit an inquiry.

The Apothecary

For Jess’ personally formulated line of herbal and medicinal mushroom goods, visit the shop here. Or stop by the shop on Wednesday mornings in Thousand Oaks, CA (contact Jess for details and address).

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Ethical & Sustainability Practices

Screen Shot 2016-06-12 at 7.38.38 PMJess and SunRaven Apothecary believe that the best medicine comes from a healthy and sustainable environment. With that in mind, ethical practices are followed during all harvesting and foraging activities. SunRaven Apothecary personally grows many medicinal herbs but most native and local herbs are harvested from pristine private property with utmost care and awareness to the environmental impact that foraging can have on an area. When applicable, invasive species are utilized in order to bring balance to the natural and native plant environment.

For a list of all currently available fresh or dried Wildcrafted and Cultivated herbs, please contact Jess directly at