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Sun, Nov 05


Baron Ranch Trailhead

Herb Walk at Baron Ranch

Join local herbalist Nicole Iaquinto to learn about the medicinal and edible herbs of Santa Barbara, at the Baron Ranch.

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Herb Walk at Baron Ranch
Herb Walk at Baron Ranch

Time & Location

Nov 05, 2023, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM PST

Baron Ranch Trailhead, 14550 Calle Real, Goleta, CA 93117, USA

About The Event


Join local herbalist, Nicole Iaquinto, on a sunset herb walk on the Baron Ranch to learn native medicinal plants of the Gaviota Coast. During this evening walk, you will learn about the folk, medicinal, and culinary uses of herbs, trees, and shrubs that grow in our own backyard. Safe plant id and ethical wildcrafting with be taught, along with easy to make herbal remedies for everyday ailments.

Please be aware that due to frequent Wildfires in CA and COVID19, we may have to postpone the event last minute. Please check your email the day before classes for any updates.


  • The Key Principles of SAFE Plant ID and poisonous plants to avoid.
  • Common Edible Weeds that you can find all over for field salads and snacks!
  • Medicinal & Folk Uses of Herbs, and how to use them for everyday ailments.
  • How to PROTECT our Wild Medicine for generations to come!


The Baron Ranch trail is about a 6 mile hike round trip from the trailhead, depending on which way we walk.  We will only walk about 2 miles in total together, however if you want to explore more after the walk, you are free to stay and do so.

The trail is a fairly flat walk on a paved frontage road with full sun exposure for most of it.  Please bring a walking stick or a friend to lean on if you need assistance.  Although it is a fairly flat walk, some areas may not be suited for a wheelchair, however we will try our best to accommodate everyone who joins.

General Information about this location:

  • There are no restrooms available at this location.
  • No dogs are allowed at this hike location.
  • Children under the age of 12 can come free of charge.


Nicole Iaquinto is a community herbalist and the Senior Pastor at Cambridge Drive Community Church in Goleta, CA. At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of her friends asked for herbal remedies to aid in boosting their immunity, helping them sleep and to reduce stress and anxiety, so she founded Forest Floor Herbals.

She has been independently studying primarily western herbalism for the last 4 years, but has also started taking classes through Artemesia Academy in 2022.

Nicole has a Master of Divinity and also holds degrees in public policy, African American and African studies, and education. She believes there is a Divine Energy (call it Spirit if you will), transcending all religions and faith traditions, linking all things in Creation together.

Ever since she was a small child, Nicole has been looking for ways to tap into that Divine Energy. She finds it helps one become more connected to the land and people around them, leading them to become more empathetic and aware. Due to her introverted and empathic nature, she finds herself outside most of the time, hiking, gardening, talking to plants, and dreaming up ways to bring herbalism into her social justice work.


Artemisia Academy has partnered with the Gaviota Coast Conservancy to put on this live event.

The  Gaviota Coast Conservancy is dedicated to protecting the rural  character and environmental integrity of the Gaviota Coast for present  and future generations.

20% of all ticket sales are donated to the G.C.C. to help keep our wild areas wild along the coast.

To learn more about the Gaviota Coast Conservancy, please visit:

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