How long? The program will be 9 months long and will begin April 6th, 2019.
Who should apply? In the age of technology, with information at our fingertips, we forget that immersion, mentorship, and time is really the best way to learn anything. Maybe you have done online courses in the past. Think about how much you actually retained or use now on a daily basis. I keep seeing people do online herbal schools or just doing weekend intensives 1 x monthly and they end up feeling ill-equipped or like a hobby herbalist. Taking a short course online is a great place to start learning something but when working with something that you will be ingesting (like herbal medicine) and using to aid in your health it is important to honor the amount of time that you need to work with something in order to become truly confidant.
Malcolm Gladwell in his book Outliers talks about how it takes 10,000 hours of doing something to become a master. If you truly want to feel secure in helping your family — the learning process takes time. We just can’t expect to be proficient herbalists with 100 hours of online learning. Unless you are spending some solid time in experiential and tactile learning then we will be forever in the space of just educated enough to be dangerous. You have to take time to learn, you have to actively pursue, you have to spend time doing. We are not here to give you a crash course. We are here to guide you, to teach you, form a relationship with you, to equip you to help your family and those closest to you, and feel confident doing so. We honor that and recognize that slow, deliberate learning, in a hands-on way is THE BEST WAY to retain information and become competent.
How many hours of class time/education? 20 hours per month is the base time that we expect you to be in class, harvesting, or medicine making but you could get up to 50 hours (or more) monthly if your schedule allows for it. You will have 4 hours of monthly class time to cover course material.
We also allow you to join us in harvesting, gardening, medicine making, and at our market stand. Our scheduled dates for mentoring include:
Medicinal Gardening — Saturdays and Tuesday or Wednesday weekly
Harvesting and Identification — Thursdays and some Saturdays weekly
Medicine Making — Tuesday - Saturday 12-5 pm available weekly
Farmers Market Assisting — This is very educational as you get to see 5 minute counter consultations/on the spot formulations and learn scope of practice/appropriate language usage. (Schedule below.)
Where? Classes are held in Montevallo, AL in our store-front and teaching space.
When do I begin? Students have a mandatory Orientation April 7th in Montevallo, AL.
When are scheduled class times? 1 x monthly Sunday classes from April 2019 to December 2021 (first Sunday of the Month) from 9 am - 2 pm.
Will I receive a certification? You will have a Harvesting and Identification Certification
Call or Email to Apply!
Harvesting & Identification
Clinical Herbalist Cameron Strouss RH (AHG), FH
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:
You will be able to decipher the language of botanical terminology.
You will be able to correctly identify any plant utilizing a dichotomous key.
You will be able to recognize key botanical families at a glance allowing for easier identification.
You will learn how to press plants and create herbarium sheets.
You will know how to ethically harvest plants and simultaneously cultivate them in the wild for years to come.
You will become an empowered participant in your natural environment.
You will learn to identify many medicinal plants native, naturalized, and invasive.
You will learn how to utilize organoleptics to identify compounds, asses properties, and the medicinal strength of your harvests.
You will learn how to properly process, preserve, and document herbal medicines and wild foods.
You will get field experience in the habitats, identification, harvesting, garbling, processing, storing, and cataloging of local herbal medicines.
You will learn harvesting techniques and utilize tools for harvesting all manner of plant goodness.
You will be getting 4 hours of lecture in this concentration per month.
Unit 1: Wonders of the Plant World
Plants as Sentient Living Beings
Understanding Ecological Relationships Between Plants, Animals, Insects, and People
Phytochemicals as Communication
Bioregional Herbalism & A Sense of Place
History of Herbal Medicine in Traditional Western Herbalism— Honoring our Elders
Unit 2: Ways of Interaction
Plant Spirit Medicine
Herbarium Book Creation/Collecting Herbarium Species
Putting it all together- Introducing yourself to a plant
Cultivating Relationships with Healing Plants in the Field
Unit 3: Recognizing the Low Dose, Toxic, and At- Risk
Recognizing & Stewarding At-Risk Plant Species
Recognizing Toxic/Low Dose Botanicals
Unit 4: Wildcrafting & Harvesting
Ethical Guidelines for Foraging and Wildcrafting
Identification of Common Wild Herbals and Edibles
Gear and Techniques for Harvesting
Order of Operations for Plant Interactions
Unit 5:Processing & Preservation
Drying & Storing Herbs
Cataloging Inventory/Record Keeping
Unit 6: Plant Identification Skills
Introduction to Botany: Plant Classification, Scientific Names and Key Terms/Plant Morphology and Taxonomy
Floral and Reproductive Parts
Leaf and Vegetative Terminology
Introduction to Common Medicinal Plant Families
Using a Dichotomous Key
Unit 5: Down & Dirty
Foraging through the seasons
Darryl Patton- The Southern Herbalist
Dr. Mike Hardig-
Zac Napier- Botanist
Required Supplies & Materials List
Book: Manual of the Vascular Flora of the Carolinas
Book: Plant Identification Terminology
Book: Common Weeds Coloring Book
Book: Botany in a Day
Pruning Shears & Holster
Hori-hori/Digging Knife & Holster
Clinical Herbalist & Master Farmer Alyssa Dalos, FH
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:
You will get hands-on experience preparing and shaping a garden bed for planting
You will participate in direct sowing and transplanting crops
You will learn the fundamentals of starting and maintaining a compost pile
You will learn the basics of proper irrigation for a variety of crop needs
You will take an active role in the management of pests and weeds in the garden space
You will be introduced to best practices for continuing to build soil fertility over the winter months
Welcome to the Program
Introduction and Welcome to the Garden
What defines Organic Gardening?
Choosing the right crops//What we grow
Unit 1: Start-of-season Bed Prep, Direct Sowing & Transplanting Crops
Preparing a space to receive seeds/seedlings
Direct Sowing vs. Transplanting: when to choose which and why
Proper sowing technique (depth, spacing, moisture level, etc)
Maximizing germination rates & transplant care
Unit 2: Managing Weeds
What is a “weed?"
Mechanical Weed Management
Unit 3: Irrigation Basics
Options for irrigation methods on a garden scale
General Irrigation Rules
Estimating soil moisture by feel
Unit 4: Intro to Compost
Benefits of Aerobic Hot Composting
Carbon: Nitrogen Ratios and other Key Considerations
Ecology of a Compost Pile
Monitoring, Turning and Applying Compost
Unit 5: End-of-season Bed Prep, Intro to Winter Crop Care for Perennials
Preparing a space to lie fallow
Building soil fertility in winter
Intro to Perennial Pruning
Required Supplies &
Harvesting & Identification & Mentorship Cost :
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Saturday, April, 6th 9 am- 5 pm
Sunday, April 7th, 9 am - 5 pm
All Classes are from 9 am - 2 pm the first Sunday of the month.
Every Thursday & Saturday available from 9 am - 3 pm. Any Thursday we are rained out we will be garbeling, processing, and making.
Every Tuesday/Saturday from 8 am -12 pm.
Any Tuesday - Saturday 12-5 pm
Pepper Place Dates