Herbal Apprentice Opportunity
“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master”
~ Ernest Hemingway
Are you looking for an herbal apprentice opportunity? Then look no further! Keeping the knowledge flowing from one herbalist and family to the next is vital to the growth and spread of holistic preventive health care in a community. This is the primary route of learning that has been experienced by our herbalists and we want to offer opportunities for others to share and learn from us and with us as we provide herbal products, herbal consultations, workshops and empowerment opportunities in our community.
Apprentices have the unique opportunities for learning experiences that support healthy stewardship in a holistic and supportive environment. We have several apprentice opportunities each season. Mountain Song Herbals is growing and we are now offering experienced apprentices an opportunity to become interns with Mountain Song Herbals. Interns have deepened their knowledge and skill sets in a way that requires less oversight. Interns do not receive a academic support in the same way that those participating in apprenticeships do. An apprentice is eligible for internships after completing 350hrs. of apprenticeship training with us and can show a solid working knowledge as a family herbalist, is able to perform a variety of work on their own and can embody the spirit of Mountain Song Herbals.
Here is the schedule for the apprenticeships this year.
The first day of apprentices starts on April 25th and will run till July 14th(this may extend to the 21st of July depending on our festival schedule. I may also have one traveling apprentice slot from the months of August-Nov. If a student is interested in traveling to NY and NC with me for two festivals to continue their apprenticeship please let me know and we can discuss this further.
For the summer farm apprenticeships,
- We will meet 3 days a week Tues-Thurs, 8am-1pm ending with a shared lunch and book study time for apprentices who have chosen academic work added to their apprenticeships.
First-year apprentices will be helping in the gardens, learning about building relationship with herbs and wild plants, the art of observation and helpful techniques for growing plants, participate in making herbals, formulating, attending any workshop that we host and if they want they can add academic work to the apprenticeship. which adds an extra hour a day each day, it is $150 for the season to add the academics to the program.
- The academics are formatted as a go at your own pace system. Each week you will receive work and if you finish it then we moveAcademic addition adds an extra hour a day each day, it is $150 for the season to add the academics to the program this year. The academics are formatted as a go at your own pace system. Each week you will receive work and if you finish it then we move on if you do not then you stay in the same body of work until it is completed. So some apprentices finish a huge amount of academic work in that short time while others utilize a much smaller amount of that work. It is all a personal growing process so it is up to each apprentice to decide what depths they will take their studies.
You will note that I ask a great deal of questions and encourage apprentices to utilize their resources to find the answers. As apprentices grow in their abilities they will be asked to teach each other and even help out at workshops so that they can solidify what they know by teaching it, in the process discovering what they do not know and what areas they need to keep working on. This is all a part of growing into a community herbalist. Starting out with learning how to tend to your own needs, the needs of your family and then the needs of our neighbors and friends is a very traditional method of learning this craft.
Please note: We encourage apprentices to wear long pants, good shoes and comfy socks. We are in the woods a lot so be prepared for mountain side hikes and walking through the bramble and brush. Bring a good pair of work gloves and a hat is a plus as we will be out in the sun a lot if you wear sunscreen bring it(badger makes a good organic sunscreen that works well), loose thin clothing helps if you just want to cover your arms and shoulders too. A change of clothes for the afternoon book work may be more comfortable than wearing your work clothes, especially if it ends up being a muddy day at the farm.
What to wear-We encourage apprentices to wear long pants, good shoes and comfy socks. We are in the woods a lot so be prepared for mountain side hikes and walking through the bramble and brush. Bring a good pair of work gloves and a hat is a plus as we will be out in the sun a lot if you wear sunscreen bring it(badger makes a good organic sunscreen that works well), loose thin clothing helps if you just want to cover your arms and shoulders too. A change of clothes for the afternoon book work may be more comfortable than wearing your work clothes, especially if it ends up being a muddy day at the farm.
Lunch- Pack a protein rich lunch for yourself as you will be hungry. We will provide water and tea for the day so no worries about bringing water.
Other things to bring- A notebook and a good pen, pencil as you will likely want to take notes along the way. If you are staying for the academics then bring a folder to keep your papers in for the first day. We will discuss the rest of the materials you will want at our first lesson. A nice pair of shears or knife is encouraged, we have some but having your own nice pruning knife or hand garden sheers will make a pretty amazing difference and you will feel so spoiled that the hard work will not seem so rough. No worries if you do not have one to start off with, I did not have a good pair either for many years, now I laugh about how amazed I am that I went so long without them.
Most importantly bring a light heart, an open mind and a willingness to dig in to the wonderful life of plants.
Are you itching to get started? For any apprentice wanting to get started sooner, we will be doing a great deal of work at the farm before the apprenticeships begin. So you can start joining us at the farm as early as the 5th or April, we will be doing a lot of our prep work and you will get to learn about some of the more challenging and in-depth aspects of getting a farm ready for the season. You will also learn a bit about biodynamic cultures for the soil and about initial garden bed preps. This is a very informal join us for work days kind of thing, it will include animal husbandry and many other farm aspects that will not be covered in the herbal apprenticeships. Contact is if you are interested in this aspect of a little bit more behind the scene reality of the farm. (if you are not an apprentice and live nearby and want to join us for some spring time at the farm, every day is a work day and we are happy to have folks out to help)
Not an apprentice yet? There may still be room for one more this year, just fill out the contact form and we will get back with you.
Thanks and warmest of Blessings