Seed to Medicine Program: Growing and Harvesting Medicinal Plants

Dates and Times:

February 10, march 9, April 6, May 4, June 1, July 13, August 10, September 7, October 5 
10am – 4pm the following Saturdays

For Registration and Payment click HERE.

This is an experiential hands-on class where learning is through creating with our own hands. We will generally meet in the gardens of Wildroot Botanicals one Saturday per month, with field excursions to other growing sites possible. We will be implementing systems and witnessing how the herb business grows and utilizes the plants. We will be working together through an entire growing season from growing seeds to processing the medicines. This class is appropriate for beginning growers or those looking to expand their knowledge and experience growing medicinal herbs.

Below is an outline of topics of focus by season:

SPRING – seeding, planting, transplanting, site selection and preparation, soil fertility.

SUMMER – irrigation, pest management, weed management, site maintenance, harvest, seed collection.  

FALL – harvesting and processing, seed saving, propagation from root divisions and cuttings, planting bulbs, winterizing. 

About the Teachers

This course is co-taught by Leah Grupp-Williams and founder of Wildroot Botanicals Leslie Lekos. For more information about the teachers visit the about page.

Being Prepared for the Weather

We will be outside rain or shine.  It is important to always come to class prepared to be outside.  Good shoes are important as well as layers and rain gear for cold weather months.  Sunblock and hats are important for summer months.  It can also be useful to bring something to sit on and a water bottle for the day.

Lodging for Out of Town Guests

Several of our students come from out of town. We are located between Bellingham and Burlington/Mount Vernon so staying in either location is where students often choose to stay. 

COVID-19 Safety

If you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID or have any symptoms, please refrain from attending class and consult your healthcare provider. 

Adverse Conditions

Please note that if there are events beyond our control, such as illness, forest fire smoke, or extreme weather that compromise student safety then the school may reschedule a class to another date.

Cost: $ 1200 Register here

(1) Regular price is $1200 due before the start of class.

(2) Payment Plan – you have the option of a payment plan of $300 deposit, plus 4 payments of $250 (total of $1300)

(3) Early Bird Pricing $1100 is available if you register by January 1, 2024.

(4) If you register for any two 9 month programs (any combination of the Foundations Program, Wild Foods Connections Program and Seed to Medicine Program), you receive a $100 discount. $200 Discount for registering for all three programs.