In this series, we’ll spend our days learning in an established herb garden throughout the cultivating season.  Each class, we will tend to an array of medicinal plants as we explore the permaculture principles of garden design, discuss when and how to gather our medicine, and talk about how to keep our plants happy throughout the year.  We will cover key gardening techniques, such as root dividing, taking cuttings, and seed saving, giving students the tools to propagate their own living backyard apothecary.  Participants will also learn how to make a wide variety of herbal preparations with our bounty, including tinctures, salves, syrups, and mineral-rich infusions.  The unique healing properties and usages of the plants we work with will be covered as we make medicine and grow our bountiful gardens.

Participants can expect to take home plant starts, seeds, or cuttings for each medicinal plant we cover as well as tons of information to maintain their own medicinal landscape.  Each month, we’ll harvest seasonal herbs to take home, CSA-style, as well as create a different medicinal preparation with one of our focus plants.  This course is designed to stock the medicine cabinet as well as give students the herbs, skills, and knowledge to create and grow their own backyard apothecary.  All gardening and herbal backgrounds are welcome! 

This year we are offering TWO separate series! While they cover the same fundamental skills and the same amazing plants, each series will have a different medicinal garden to explore. The Saturday class will be taught in Portland and will focus on the urban backyard as a medicinary, utilizing space wisely and creating micro ecological niches for different plants. The Thursday series will be on a farm outside Oregon City, and with more room to roam, the class can investigate themes like forest gardening, mushroom cultivation, and larger-scale medicinal cultivation.

Gardening for Medicine is taught by Gradey Proctor. It meets six times through the garden season for a total of approximately 40 hours.

The total cost, including abundant herbal harvest and plant starts, is $650. There is a modest scholarship available to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, & people of color) students; please inquire for details.

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Gardening for medicine 2020 Portland dates:

May 9
June 13
July 11
August 8
September 12
October 10
Class is held from 10am-4:30pm on Saturdays, outdoors in the garden.

Gardening for medicine 2020 Oregon City dates:

May 7
June 11
July 9
August 6
September 10
October 8
Class is held from 10am-4:30pm on Thursdays, outdoors in the garden.

Gardening for Medicine: join us!

Registration for both series will open on November 1. Class size is limited, so we encourage you to contact us in early November to secure your place in the class.