Once you know the language of Botany there is a whole world open to you. We want open your world!
— Clinical Herbalist Cameron Strouss RH (AHG), FH

Mentorship, much like a traditional apprenticeship, is one of society’s oldest forms of experiential education. In many cultures, herbal training occurs almost exclusively in a setting where experienced herbalists work closely with others to share their accumulated wisdom. The structure of these relationships varies widely, but all have in common the desire to share information while offering support, guidance and critical feedback.
— American Herbalist Guild


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

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Concentration Curriculum

Harvesting & Identification

Clinical Herbalist Cameron Strouss RH (AHG), FH



  • 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

  • Plant Observation/Interaction

  • Herbarium Book Creation/Collecting Herbarium Species

  • Drawing 101

  • Organoleptics 101

  • 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

  • Garbling

  • Processing

  • 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

Guest Teachers

  • 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

  • Magnification Loop

  • Pruning Shears & Holster

  • Pruning Saw

  • Pocket Knife

  • Hori-hori/Digging Knife & Holster

  • Back Pack

  • Belt

  • Cloth Hat

  • Boots


Clinical Herbalist & Master Farmer Alyssa Dalos, FH


  • 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?"

  • Cultivation Techniques

  • Mulching 

  • 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

Guest Teachers

  • TBA

    Required Supplies &

    Materials List

  • TBA

Harvesting & Identification & Mentorship Cost :

$120 Monthly

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Mandatory Orientation

Saturday, April, 6th 9 am- 5 pm

Sunday, April 7th, 9 am - 5 pm

Sunday Classes

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.

Medicine Making

Any Tuesday - Saturday 12-5 pm

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