The Herbal Classroom

What is The Herbal Classroom?

The Herbal Classroom is a non-profit, 501c(3), educational center situated on the same property as Avena Botanicals. The Herbal Classroom offers classes in herbal healing and Biodynamic and organic herb gardening. Indoor and outdoor classes occur in our beautiful garden and octagon-shaped classroom with a mission to encourage students to use their hearts, hands and minds to engage in learning the healing ways of plants.

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The Herbal Classroom's Mission

The Willow House Classroom

The Herbal Classroom's mission is to train individuals and health care providers to work as educators, herbal practitioners, farmers, and gardeners in providing herbal knowledge and high quality herbs to their community in responsible, earth-friendly, and community-minded ways.

With several generous tax-deductible donations, we constructed a 1200 square foot community classroom on Avena's farm in 2008. Though not completed, we have hosted many successful educational programs over the years since. With increasingly more people using healing herbs in their wellness routines, the demand for locally grown herbs and herbal training courses is growing.

The Herbal Classroom building needs to be completed so we can meet the requests of students and healthcare providers seeking to serve their families and communities with herbs. As the cost of health care continues to rise, nutritional and herbal knowledge is becoming ever more important for supporting healthy communities.

Looking ahead at 2022 and beyond, the Herbal Classroom will be focusing its efforts on:

  • Offering two paid garden internships each year for Black, Brown, or Indigenous gardeners/farmers and herbalists.
  • Gifting herbal teas and plants to different Indigenous-led apothecaries.
  • Gifting Calendula salves to projects serving women and children challenged by domestic violence.

In 2021, the Herbal Classroom had its first two-week intern, and we are looking forward to growing this project. In 2022, the Herbal Classroom will launch its own website; stay tuned -- we'll link to it from here.

Your support of the Herbal Classroom means so much. Every amount given will strengthen our ability to offer meaningful programs and herbs to folks who have historically been marginalized.

We are currently seeking tax-deductible donations to finish the classroom building, support the development of new educational programs, support two yearly BIPOC internships, and support the gifting of herbs to Indigenous-led apothecaries and projects serving domestic violence survivors.