Level 1 Herbal Foundations Certificate Program

In-Person Herbal Foundations Certificate Program

The Herbal Foundations Level 1 Certificate Program is our most popular program. It is organized as a series of six weekend classes focused on the how-to of Western Herbalism and taught by Farmacy’s own Mary Blue. She has been teaching this class 2-3x per year since 2006.

Upcoming Program

Our next Herbal Level 1 Program will run 10am-4pm on the second Saturday of the month from November, 2022 to April, 2023. Join us in-person on November 12, 2022, December 12, 2022, January 14, 2023, February 11, 2023, March 11, 2023, and April 8, 2023.

This program offers: This program comes with:
In-depth coverage of herbal actions and herbal terminology, regulatory and legal guidelines, local plant identification, herbal first aid, and herbal body system support

The how-to of solvency and medicine-making, formulating decoctions/infusions, tincturing, syrups, salves, liniments, creams, poultices, infused oils, and flower essences

Herbal protocols for dental health, immune health, endocrine health, digestive health, reproductive health, respiratory health, elders, children, birthing people, and transgender people

Everyday uses of over 50 plants and an introduction to concepts of nutritional healing

Plant walks and herbal garden activities (season dependent)

Access to Herbal Foundations Online, including 20 hours of video lectures, questionnaires, and notes to advance your herbal education

Samples of herbal products made in class, including tinctures, salves, poultices, syrups, and bulk herbs

A hardcopy of Mary Blue’s Herbal Foundations book to advance your herbal education

Hands-on-training and exercises supporting plant identification, herbal formula making, and product formulation

A certificate of herbal education

Payment Options


The in-person Level 1 Herbal Foundations Program is offered at a sliding scale. A 50% deposit is required to hold a space in the class. We do accept payment plans.

Yearly Income


Under $20,000 per year


$20-$30,000 per year


Over $30,000 per year



Farmacy’s Herbal Scholarships are for people of color, immigrants, and people who have been structurally denied access to herbal education and healthcare, transgender, queer, and gender nonconforming people, people with disabilities, and people who make under $10,000 per year (not available to college students whose parents pay for school). We accept scholarship applications for our programs annually in January. All scholarship placements for our 2022 programs are full. Apply here for the 2023 scholarship program.

Internship/Work Trade

We accept work trade as payment for our Herbal Foundations Level 1 class. We have a limited number of spaces available for each work trade slot. Work trade hours are completed through our internship program, and all hours must be completed before they can be used for class credit. Learn more about our internship/ work trade program.


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, inclusive of gender, class, race/culture, sexual orientation, religion, immigration status, political views, age, ability status, and appearance.

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