Herbs From the Ground Up

115 hours, Mondays 9:30 am – 3:00 pm, May 5 through October 13 with two weeks off in August (8/4 and 8/18); taught by experienced gardeners and herbalists, Larken Bunce and Joann Darling; $900, $100 deposit

For more information about Larken and Joann, visit the staff directory page.

Note: We apologize for any disappointment regarding recent changes to the format of this course. Our short course offerings are ever-evolving based on the feedback we get from our community. In 2014, Herbs From the Ground Up will be offered with the same format and content as in past years, as described below. Stay tuned for new developments, likely to include an expanded version of this course, in 2015! 

This apprentic20120806_132542eship class focuses on home herb gardening for the purpose of growing and maintaining one’s own apothecary in accordance with the natural rhythms of the plants and the year. Students work in a 3-year old garden, learning about soil amendment and seed starting, moving through garden design and co-creating with nature, planting, tending, harvesting, drying and medicine-making, composting, and ending with root harvest, seed-saving, and putting the garden to bed. Students go on field trips to local farms/gardens and wild-crafting sites of interest to round out local medicine knowledge.

As a true apprenticeship-style learning environment, this course emphasizes learning by doing, spaciousness within experience, and connection with plants, with little didactic time. Students will learn through embodied practice of being a garden steward, wild-crafter and medicine-maker, which is hard work, but also exceptionally fun and rewarding. Discussions of plant use and lore will occur while we work, weed and harvest, with attention to bioregional plants easily gathered or grown and prepared for self-care. Growing Asian medicinal species and learning about their uses is an additional unique opportunity.