Herbal Apprenticeship Program

Echinacea 7-17-10 Enhance your herbal knowledge and experience with herbalist Tricia McCauley at Common Good City Farm. Apprentices will gain hands-on experience while working with approximately fifty different herbs in the farm’s medicinal herb bed. Participants will follow the herbs as they change through the season learning how to plant, transplant, maintain, and harvest.

In this program, you will:

-- Understand the foundations of herbal medicine;
-- Learn to work with the medicinal herbs growing on the farm;
-- Gain hands-on gardening skills, including plant identification, mindful weeding, transplanting, harvesting, and organic pest management;
(Note: participation in this program requires the ability to bend, kneel, and maneuver. The medicinal herb plots are not raised beds.):
-- Learn to dry and store herbs, and create herbal preparations including teas, tinctures, and salves;
-- Harvest a LOT of medicinal plants for home use;
-- Connect, ask questions, and share photos between sessions on our private Shutterfly site, where resources for further learning will be provided;
-- Get dirty and enjoy the sunshine. Most of our meetings happen outdoors on the farm, regardless of weather.

2016 details: the 10-session program meets Saturdays, 9:30am to 11:30am monthly on the following dates:

April 9: Meet the farm and gardening basics

April 30: Intro to herbs, plant identification, and mindful weeding

May 14: Herbal preparations: teas, vinegars, tinctures, compresses, oils, salves (indoors)
Participants will get a care package to take home, which includes an ounce of wax and a few ounces of dried herbs to make tea.

May 21: Seedling care

June 11: Harvesting and preserving leaves and flowers

June 25: Harvesting and tending

July 9: Pest management and soil preparation

August 6: Harvesting roots and review of information

September 10: Matching plants to people

October 24: Gleaning and winterizing

You are encouraged to bring your own garden gloves and bug spray, water, a sun hat, sunscreen, and paper bags to take home your harvest.

About the Instructor:
Tricia is the resident herbalist at the farm, where she has designed and tended
the herb beds since 2009. She holds a Masters’ Degree in Herbal Medicine from the Tai Sophia Institute (now the Maryland University of Integrative Health). She is a clinical herbalist, licensed nutritionist, wellness educator, yoga teacher, potion-maker, loud laugher, and lover of sunshine and green things.

$325 for the entire season. Scholarships spaces are available for income-qualifying individuals. If you are interested in receiving a scholarship to participate in the Herbal Apprenticeship Program, please complete this scholarship application: (http://docdro.id/o1INAvZ). Please contact josephine@commongoodcityfarm.org with any questions.

Enrollment details for 2017 coming soon.

You may also consider participating in our Herbalism Workshop Series.


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