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John & Barbara Stephens~Lewallen

John and Barbara of Mendocino Sea Vegetable Company harvesting seaweed off the Mendocino Coast



Celebrating 40 years Wildcrafting Seaweed along the Mendocino Coast of California

John and Barbara Stephens-Lewallen, world renowned Wildcrafters of Edible Seaweed are delighted to offer Seminars in Harmonious Seaweed Wildcrafting in their sacred seaweed sites during May, June and July. There are many good minus-tide days this coming harvest season, and we are devoted to sharing our harmonious seaweed wildcrafting practice developed over many decades. Contact us by phone or email for dates and to reserve a place on one of our scheduled Seaweed Seminars. Barbara and John at   email us, or phone:(707)895-2996 write us: PO Box 455, Philo, Ca 95466  phone

One-Day Seaweed Wildcrafting Seminar

We meet at a coastal seaweed wildcrafting location on the Mendocino Coast in the morning, in time to catch low tide. John and Barbara personally conduct the walk, sharing the depth of their knowledge, information and lore from their many decades as harvesters, ocean protection activists, and students of nutrition immersed in the world of wild seaweed, while visiting the sacred habitat of Mendocino Nori, Wakame, Kombu, Green Goddess Sea Lettuce, Bladderwrack, and other delectable seaweed beds that open up during the low tides giving us access to the seaweeds in the oceans food shed.

We complete the seminar learning how to dry and preserve the seaweed. Barbara will demonstrate how to prepare a seaweed dish to share from our day’s harvest, either at our cottage business in Philo, or at another convenient location. Exact timing of the one-day seminar is set by the time of the tide, but all will be completed by mid-afternoon.

Participants are invited to harvest up to ten wet pounds per person of delectable edible seaweed for personal use to preserve and enjoy. All are welcome to join John and Barbara in making love offerings of beauty for the ocean spirit.

For harvesting equipment, bring a sharp knife to cut the seaweed, Warm clothes, foot wear that helps you stay safe in tide pools, paper and pen for notes, dry footwear, water to drink, a natural offering of beauty for the spirit of the ocean, a backpack or such to carry your personal items.

The fee for the whole day seminar is $150 per adult person. We are asking a $30. donation for young folks 12 to 21 attending with their family and participating in the seminar, harvesting and drying their own personal 10 wet pounds of seaweed. There is no fee for children 12 yrs. and younger. Mendocino Sea Vegetable Company is open to offer group fees for schools and community events. We can accept up to 20 participants in each seminar.

We can accept up to 20 participants in each seminar. For more detailed information about seminar dates and to register for the 2018 Wild Edible Seaweed Seminar contact Barbara and John at   email us, or phone:(707)895-2996 write us: PO Box 455, Philo, Ca 95466  Phone

We accept checks and credit cards for payment. we can hold your reservation with a credit card.

We offer a 10% discount if you would like to pay by check or money order by May 31. Checks can be made out and mailed to: Mendocino Sea Vegetable Co., PO Box 455, Philo, Ca 95466 

The Greenwood Beach in Elk is a three-hour drive north of the San Francisco Bay area. Please ask if you need suggestions for housing or camping email Barbara and John at   email.

For harvesting equipment, bring a sharp knife to cut the seaweed, Warm clothes, foot wear that helps you stay safe in tide pools, paper and pen for notes, dry footwear, water to drink, a natural offering of beauty for the spirit of the ocean, a backpack or such to carry your personal items.

John and Barbara practice and teach harmonious seaweed wildcrafting, attuned to the spirits of the elements and the human community.

Barbara Stephens Lewallen, native to Maine, had a deep experience in North Atlantic edible seaweed and its nutritional healing properties long before a “calling” to Mendocino seaweed led to her fateful meeting with John in 2002. Now co-owner and operator of the Mendocino Sea Vegetable Company with John, she is world-renowned for the quality of seaweed she brings to her individual customers and to the finest restaurants.

ohn is beginning his fortieth year of stroking seaweed from the same rocks on the Mendocino Coast. Now 75 he is rebounding, with Barbara’s love and support, from a crippling disease to being able to do the seaweed walks he loves, sharing vision and politics with you as we meet the delightful edible seaweeds!

John and Barbara practice and teach harmonious seaweed wildcrafting, attuned to the spirits of the elements and the human community.

Wishing you good health and happiness, Creating Peace living in harmony with nature, love Barbara and John

Since 1980 we've operated the Mendocino Sea Vegetable Company providing quality wildcrafted sea vegetables and information. If you can't find what you want to know about edible wild seaweed here,  email us, or phone or write us: PO Box 455, Philo, Ca 95466  Phone: (707) 895-2996

"Sea vegetables" are seaweed, marine algae, which are not only edible but actually beautiful and delectable.  Packed with nutritional and healing properties needed now as never before, sea vegetables are rapidly moving from Asian cultures, where for centuries they have been regarded as food for kings and gods, into the natural healing foods and even gourmet cuisine markets of the Western world.

If you want to see our  Current Price List , click here for a list of the wild seaweeds we harvest, dry, and ship anywhere in the world.

Our 32 page booklet "Sea Vegetable Gourmet Cookbook and Foragers Guide" written in 1987 is still available, while John and I are writing our new Wild Sea Vegetable Cook book and harvesting guide. It will contain the wild sea vegetables of the world's temperate oceans, along with complete nutritional information on wild sea vegetables and new & exciting recipes including preparing sea vegetables 'in the raw' & healthy fermenting.  Click here for  Sea Vegetable Book Ordering Information .

Dulse Wildcrafting with Devotional Love: John Banks of White Head Island
White Head Island Dulse, wildcrafted with devotional love by John Banks, is the very best North Atlantic Dulse John and Barbara Stephens-Lewallen observed on our September, 2006 “Wild Seaweed Safari” to coastal Northern Maine, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. We are honored to offer White Head Island Dulse to Mendocino Sea Vegetable Company customers. Read more...

Tsukigase Health Green Tea
Tsukigase Health Green Tea is a Japanese green tea of unsurpassed quality and taste.  Probably you have never tasted green tea as good as these tender young leaves from a family-tended tea garden in an ancient Japanese village.  Lovingly grown by the Iwata Family without agricultural chemicals, Tsukigase Health Green Tea is certified organic by the Government of Nara Prefecture, Japan.

Many Americans are now aware that green tea is a health-giving, mildly stimulating drink.  Yet it is difficult to find green tea that is both organic and good-tasting.  Now, in limited quantity, we can bring you the best from the Japanese organic farming movement.  Click to visit the Iwatas in their Tsukigase Health Tea Garden.

Click here to access  Other sites of Interest: The Worldwide Seaweed Net . Thanks to Professor Mike Guiry of the University of Ireland at Galway, we're connected with marine algae/seaweed/sea vegetable information from around the planet Earth.

Now come with us to explore harvesting and cooking with a wild sea vegetable.  Click here to visit either the  White Head Island Dulse or the  kombu (laminaria digitata & setchelli) of both coasts of North America.

Check out  Recipes for some of our favorite sea vegetable cooking concepts.

 Ocean Protection is part of the Lewallens' life with seaweed.  You can help keep the sacred sea vegetable habitat pure.

Family Life in the Tidepools offers my late wife Eleanor's writing as a mother, ocean protection activist, and seaweed harvester.

A Healing Food for our Era presents some of John's writings on sea vegetables.

We'd love to hear from you.  Please drop us a quick  email note with your responses to our website!



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