Our Educational Partners and Schools

Looking to further your herbal education?

Check out these exceptional herbal schools (offering both online and in-person options) that we partner with from around the country. 

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Arbor Vitae School of Traditional Herbalism

(Brooklyn, NY) 

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The ArborVitae School is rooted in the wisdom of the natural world and the many traditions that have honed the craft of botanical medicine. They appreciate a holistic approach to healing and to general wellbeing that seeks balance in all aspects of the individual, including food, lifestyle, and spirit. They offer a full, professional program and diverse curriculum to future practitioners. The school provides training by qualified teachers, and is a community resource and space to gather and share for the public in New York City, state, and the Northeast region. ArborVitae's first year students gain a foundational knowledge of herbal medicine, and the full three-year course of study is ideal for people who wish to pursue clinical herbal knowledge and practice.

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Cedar Mountain Herb School

(Seattle, WA, and Sandpoint, ID)

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Cedar Mountain Herb School has been serving herbal students for 30 years. This makes it one of the longest-running herbal schools in the Pacific Northwest. Cedar Mountain Herb School guides students to better health via hands-on integrated botanical programs and community workshops centering on wild medicinal plants and their applications, science, grounding, sun, limiting EMF exposure, bio hacks, diet, stress management, and awesome times with fellow members of the CMHS community. Studying at the Cedar Mountain Herb School is your in to be a part of wilderness culture!
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Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine

(Asheville, NC)

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The Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine is located in the botanically rich Appalachian Mountains of Asheville, NC. Their passion is helping folks create a direct relationship with healing plants. They offer several online opportunities to learn, including the Herbal Medicine Making Course, the Foraging Course: Edible and Medicinal Wild Herbs, and the Herbal Immersion Program. Take a peek at their Course Comparison Chart to see which learning option is the best for you! All of their programs are suited to both herbal beginners and experienced practitioners alike. 
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Commonwealth Center for Holistic Herbalism

(Boston, MA)

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The CommonWealth Center for Holistic Herbalism has video courses at all levels - so whether you're just beginning your herbal journey or seeking advanced study and mentorship, there are courses and programs for you. All of the courses and programs include:
- self-paced video lessons: all courses are taught by video so that it's as close to "being there" as possible
- audio files of each video are provided for review, along with printable quick guides, resources, and quizzes
- plenty of projects to do at home: you can share them, along with any questions, in the discussion threads!
- twice weekly live Q&A sessions by video conference, so you can ask your questions live and in person!
  CommonWealth is offering friends of our farm a 20% discount on their Family Herbalist course with code fosterfarm.
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East West School of Planetary Herbology

(Ben Lomond, CA)
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Teachers of teachers, founders of the American Herbalist Guild, and educating for 40 years, they have over 80 years combined clinical herbal experience with more than 10,000 students worldwide. Many of today’s well-known practicing herbalists trained at East West! The Planetary Herbalism energetic teachings of the East West Herb Courses are based on the oldest, living, extant herbal medicine systems, TCM and TAM, each of which have over 5000 years of experience and practice. These energetic systems are only tools, yet they have proved to be the most effective, efficient and alternative approaches to allopathic herbalism and medical diagnosis and treatment. The Planetary Herbalism system provides a rational assessment methodology system on which to base which herbs you choose for treatment, an approach unfortunately lost in most Western herbal training systems. The East West Herb Courses also teach energetic diet and food therapy along with tools to tailor your own health-supportive diet along with preparations, remedies and other healing tools, techniques and therapies.
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Green Path Herb School

(Missoula, MT)

Imagine you are walking through the forest near your home. As you look around you, you start noticing the plants growing nearby. Imagine knowing each of these plants; understanding how to use them, when to harvest them and which parts to use. Envision being able to make these plants into medicines such as salves, oils, pills, syrups and tinctures. How would it feel to help others use these herbal medicines for healing purposes? These are the skills of an herbalist. Are you ready to follow the path less traveled? Are you interested in deepening your connection with plants and the earth? It is time to get excited about plants and awaken your passion for natural healing! Green Path Herb School empowers students to use medicinal plants for themselves, their families and as professional herbalists. They offer several herb programs designed for the beginning student to the advanced practitioner. Students foster a life long relationship with herbs as they explore the healing power of plants and the study of herbal medicine. Offerings include community herb classes, herbal workshops, wildcrafting trips, online herb certificate classes and programs, a school for training professional herbalists, herb books and free herbal information! Their three main courses are Herbal Foundations, an Herbalist Certificate Program, and an upcoming On-Line Program.

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Heart of Herbs Herbal School 

(Reidsville, NC)

Heart of Herbs Herbal School has trained over 35,000 students as herbalists and aromatherapists. Their students are just like you and come from all over the world. When you decide to become a Certified Herbalist or Certified Aromatherapist, they will work with you to give you the support you need to succeed. They have a great student group so you can meet your fellow students and interact with them. Check out all of their education programs, all infused with up-to-date education that balances tradition with the modern world.
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Sacred Plant Traditions 

(Charlottesville, VA)

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Sacred Plant Traditions is a center offering classes in herbal medicine from the beginner to the accomplished practitioner. Each offering is crafted to deepen your understanding and relationship with plant medicines. From Director Kat Maier, "I have been teaching now for almost 30 years and with each Foundations and Clinic course I am still blown away by what the plants continually reveal to me through each student, project, journey, tasting or tea." Take a look at all of their offerings. The Six Week introduction course is a favorite to start with, followed by Foundations. The class meets in the evening, during the spring and fall, and returns week after week to watch the garden unfold. Folks learn how to make salves, elixirs, syrups and other preparations to begin their home apothecary right away.
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Wintergreen Botanicals 

(Allenstown, NH)

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Maria Noël Groves, RH (AHG), clinical herbalist, runs Wintergreen Botanicals, nestled in the pine forests of Allenstown, New Hampshire, surrounded by Bear Brook State Park. Her business is devoted to education and empowerment via classes, health consultations, and writing with the foundational belief that good health grows in nature. 
Maria offers three core herbal study programs that, together, comprise her Herbalist Training Program. The Home Herbalist and the Beyond the Home Herbalist Series cover the major body systems, common health concerns, and the most popular herbal remedy-making techniques. They help new herbal students become more comfortable and skilled working with herbs in the home, for themselves and their families. The Advanced Intensive Herbalist Training Program takes it a step further with more diverse offerings covering basic botany, plant identification, more advanced health topics and remedy making techniques, clinical skills, regulations, formulation, phytochemistry, energetics, herbal history, and more. Maria is the author of the award-winning, best-selling Body into Balance: An Herbal Guide to Holistic Self Care and Grow Your Own Herbal Remedies. Body into Balance is now used as a core textbook in herb schools across the country. Her website is loaded with free information about herbs including selected class notes, videos, and podcast recordings  a virtual herb walkblogrecipes, and links.