Apprenticeship Interest Form
Do you want deepen your connection with plants and people?
Take this next step in your herbal education to bring health and healing into your community.

Michelle Soto and Cutting Root Farm are offering a free 400 hour herbal apprenticeship program for the 2020 season. This program will include a unique blend of experiences in the herb world including classroom experiences, herb farming, medicine making, marketing, and clinical skills experience. These positions will run from March- October 2020.

Apprentices should already have a foundational knowledge of herbalism OR gardening/farming and have at least 1 year experience in one or both of these fields. Participants must be able to participate in field and classroom work which includes standing for up to 4 hours, walking up to 1/4 mile at a time, carrying up to 50 pounds, working outside in the sun or light rain and sitting in a classroom. Each participant will commit to working TUESDAY OR THURSDAY AND WEDNESDAY, usually from 9-5 (two days/week- either Tuesday+Wednesday OR Wednesday+Thursday). Make up work and classroom time can be arranged for absences, but must be done so in advance of the absence.

The program will include classroom time which will focus on western clinical and energetic herbalism and include:
** Field Work (botanical identification, plant walks and herb cultivation techniques)
** Materia Medica (identification, current uses, phytochemistry and folklore)
** Anatomy and pathophysiology
** Energetics
** Clinical Skills (intake, providing person centered care, questioning, formulation)

We will also be running a fully functioning herb farm during the height of the growing season. You will have a chance to personally get to know 100 different herbs, how they appear (during all stages of growth), what they need to grow, how to care and cultivate these herbs, and best practices when harvesting. This work is physically hard (no joke!) and is such an intimate experience into these plants which alone will teach you so much.

Apprentices will receive free herbal CSA shares and enough fresh plant material to stock their personal apothecaries. Menstruum, such as oil or alcohol will not be provided.

Please contact Michelle Soto @ michelle@cuttingroot.com or 615 804 0064 BY DECEMBER 24 2019 with any questions.
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