Our classes are organized with social justice and health justice principles in mind. We strive to make the space safe, comfortable, and accessible for everyone who is interested in learning about herbalism. We request that all teachers and participants treat each other with respect regardless of gender, class, race/culture, religion, immigration status, political views, age, mental ability, and appearance.
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Check out FAQ at the bottom of this page!
We are currently accepting students for:
- ONLINE Herbal Foundations
- IN-PERSON Herbal Foundations- Summer Session 2022
REGISTRATION HERE Saturdays 10am-4pm- May 21, June 11, July 9, August 6, September 3, October 15
The Herbal Foundations Certificate Program is our most popular program. This program is a series of classes focused on the how-to of Western Herbalism.
This class is taught by Farmacy's own Mary Blue. She has been teaching this class 2- 3x per year since 2006.
This program offers the student:
Everyday uses of over 50 plants and introduces concepts of nutritional healing. Plant walks (season dependent and herbal garden activities.
Herbal protocols for: dental health, immune health, endocrine health, digestive health, reproductive health, respiratory health. Herbal Protocols for: Elders, children, Transgender, and health/herbal support for specific imbalances.
It covers: In-depth coverage of herbal actions and herbal terminology, regulatory and legal guidelines, local plant ID, herbal first aid, dosages, and herbal body system support.
The how-to of: Concepts of solvency and medicine making: decoctions/infusions, tincturing, syrups, salves, linaments, creams, poultices, infused oils, flower essences.
Class size is around 15-18 people.
This is a hands on program focused on Western Herbalism terminology and the technical aspects of herbal medicine making.
Throughout this program, the student is encouraged to work with herbs to address health imbalances or to just improve health.
This program offers a Level 1 Herbalism certificate of completion.
This program comes with:
- Samples of herbal products made in class (tinctures, salves, poultices, syrups, herbs)
- Access to Herbal Foundations Online; 20 hours of video lectures, questionnaires, and notes
- Mary Blue's Herbal Foundation book
- A "Certificate of Herbal Education"
- In class herbal formulation and exercises
- Hands-on training, garden time (weather/ season permitting)
IN -PERSON PROGRAM PRICES
$1000.00- $1500.00 sliding scale
|Yearly Income||Price of program|
|Under $20,000 per year||$1000|
|$20-$30,000 per year||$1200|
|Over $30,000 per year||$1500
50% deposit to hold a space in the class
We do accept payment plans
We accept scholarship applications ANNUALLY in January. Scholarships are awarded in March for the year.
Farmacy's Herbal Scholarships are for:
- minorities/ people of color who have historically been denied access to herbal education and health care.
- transgender folks
- deaf or blind folks
- people who make under $10,000 per year (not available to college students whose parents pay for school).
Send in your scholarship applicaiton form by January 1 to be considered for the following years program. Farmacy Herbs Scholarship Application
Internship/ Work Trade
We accept work trade as a payment for our level 1 class.
We only have a certain number of spaces available for each work trade slot.
Work trade hours are completed through our internship program.
ALL HOURS MUST BE COMPLETED BEFORE THEY CAN BE USED FOR CLASS CREDIT
What students are saying…
"My classes at Farmacy Herbs have always been both relaxed and highly informative. Since studying with Mary, I have gained a stronger awareness of the plants that grow around me and about the way these plants can help people live in a more healthy way. Something people often overlook when describing their learning experience is how much the tone Mary sets influences the participants in her classes. I've never studied with a more congenial and supportive group."
Carmen Mendoza-King-Winter 2010
"Coming across Farmacy Herbs and getting to take the Herbal Education And Training (HEAT) class largely impacted my sense of what's possible for herbalism in an urban context; it was inspiring to see how Farmacy is a self-sustaining project with community support. Since having moved to Providence just to be part of the HEAT class four years ago, I am continuously inspired by witnessing the growth of Farmacy Herbs. The impact of the short yet fulfilling experience as a student and through the work-trade continues to resonate within my life. What I learned from Mary, from the interns, and from the other students at Farmacy created a solid foundation in better understanding herbal medicines/plant allies and how to integrate herbs into my daily life for self and community healing. One of the things that I respect and admire most about Farmacy and Mary Blue's approach to herbalism is that it is grounded in principles of social justice, or the idea that health and wellness education/services are not a privilege--that they should be available to all, especially people from communities who have faced systemic oppression & may be of limited resources. The work-trade model allowed it for me to be possible to take the HEAT class at Farmacy, and I am grateful that this option exists so that anyone who is interested in classes through Farmacy can have access to them."
Khym Carmichael-Winter 2013
"Wow. Where can I begin? Mary Blue has changed my life for the better. I took HEAT levels 1 and 2. Level 1 was spent with 8 other herb enthusiasts in Farmacy Herbs Providence headquarters by a wood stove through the winter. We developed a lovely community bond through Mary's curriculum. We learned so much with each other and practiced on each other to learn how to do consultations. My health is better than it has been in years and I feel empowered by the education I received from Farmacy to address my own conditions and act accordingly. I am thankful for such a rewarding experience and feel blessed that I can buy the herbs that I need right here in providence. I know they are grown and harvested with love and sourced with our best health intentions in mind. Thank you Mary for all your hard work. You rock!"
Paul Mercier-Summer 2014
"Learning about herbs, face to face, with Mary has been an invaluable experience for me! Knowing the importance of quality plants and herbs to support your body has been life changing. Studying the herbal actions and contraindications has given me the confidence to make herbal tinctures, teas, infusions and salves. Although I must say Mary has all that in her store and it's local! Her wealth of herbal knowledge and her willingness to answer any question I might have about a specific herb has been a valuable resource I trust for me and my family. Did I mention she is also available for herbal consultations? Keep up the great work Mary!"
Jenn Baumstein Winter 2009
"I participated in the HEAT program in the Winter of 2009 - 2010, as a work-trade participant (which was SUPER helpful at the time). I learned the basics of making plant medicine, but beyond that, truly began my journey of learning how to listen to and heal my body as well as supporting others. I was welcomed in to the rockin' radical plant lover community with open arms and have continued to grow relationships with people who care deeply about the earth. I have since moved a few hundred miles away, but a part of Farmacy is with me at all times...partially because I always have a few tictures in my bag, and partially because the lessons learned are deep within me."
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I sign up for the Herbal Foundations Certificate Program?
Fill out the registration form linked to this page, with a $300.00 deposit to hold your space. Due to the popularity of the program, we can't hold a space if you do not put a deposit down.
How can I make up a class if I miss one?
Due COVID restrictions on how many people we can have in our classroom, and the popularity of the program, students only have access to the class during the session that they sign up for.
What does "certification" mean in the Herbal Foundations Certificate Pogram?
Our program awards students who complete the program with a "certificate of completion". THIS DOES NOT MAKE YOU A "CERTIFIED" HERBALIST. This is a level 1 program, and earning a certification of completion from our program allows you to confidently move forward in the world as a beginner herbalist. There are no goverment regulations regarding certification for herbalist, and there is currently no standard of herbal education amoungst herbalists in the US. The certificate of completion with Farmacy Herbs and Mary Blue carries the reputation of this 15 year old herbal program in New England and beyond.
To receive a certificate, students must:
- Attend all in person classes
- Complete all homework assigments
- Complete the final project.
How do I apply for a scholarship?
We will have our scholarship applications available in February & March for the following years programs. Click here to check out if we are accepting applications.
Where are the classes held?
90% of the summer session is held at our classroom/ shop in Providence (we have a 1 class on the farm). 100% of the winter session is held at our classroom/shop space in Providence. 28 Cemetery St. Providence, RI.
How long are your classes, and how often do they meet?
Level One in person Herbal Foundations program meets one Saturday a month from 10:00AM to 4:00PM from May to October in the summer and November to April in the winter. Specific dates are listed above. Students are welcome to shadow in our production kitchen 1x per month. Herbal Foundations Online releases an hour of videos, notes and quizes every Monday for 6 months.
Do you have a payment plan?
Yes we do. You need to put $300.00 down to save a space and payments needs to be paid in full by the middle of the program. We set up individual plans when you sign up for the program.
How does the sliding scale work?
See the scale on the above page under the "Price Section".
See our "Sliding Scale" page for a full description.
We do not require any proof of income. It is on the honor system.
If you are a student and your parents pay your expenses, then you fall under their income level.
What is your refund policy?
Cancellation 2 weeks before class: full refund
Cancellation 1 week before class: 75% refund
Cancellation 1 day before class: 50% refund
Cancellation day of class/ through the first week of class: 25% refund
After one week of class: 0% refund
Can I do work trade?
Work trade needs to be completed before the hours can be used as payment. This requires pre-planning and starting your work trade 6-8 months before the program begins. Work trade for the level 1 is only available between the months of April - November. Therefore, you need to start your work trade in April to apply them to the November-April winter program. Work traders need to go through an interview, have references and have their own transportation.
How do I know if the program is full?
We usually keep a note on the top of this page if the program is full. If the registration link is available on this page, there is space. There are sometimes last minute cancellations and we will have a waiting list form posted if there are cancellations.
Can someone answer my specific questions?
Yes! Give us a call 401-270-5223. Come by the shop, see our classroom! All of the folks working here have been through the programs here and are happy to answer questions.
Email us or call with any questions!