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, Ayurveda, and biodynamic and organic herb gardening. Indoor and outdoor classes occur in our beautiful garden and newly built 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.
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. With current studies showing that 36% of people living in the United States use healing herbs, the demand for locally grown herbs and herbal training courses is growing.
The Herbal Classroom needs to be completed so we can meet the requests of students and health care 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.
We are currently seeking tax-deductible donations to finish the classroom building and support the development of new educational programs, including both classes on-site and distance-learning courses available online.