Our school is part of a great community!
We've teamed up with a fabulous group of activists, non-profits, and reputable companies who are devoted to building a culture of ecological abundance for all.
Here at the Chestnut School, we believe herbal medicine should be available to all people! We’re committed to supporting our sisters and brothers who work tirelessly to keep plant medicine alive in their culture and within everyone’s reach.
We support many wonderful projects and organizations—since our online school launched in 2016, we have donated $37,660 in in-kind and cash donations. Additionally, we’ve donated $81,219 through our partnerships and scholarship program.
Swannanoa Women’s Prison Garden
Incarcerated women are gardening, growing and transforming their lives in the Swannanoa Correctional Center for Women Garden program. This vital program seeks to provide tools to inmates to empower themselves while reducing North Carolina’s 40% recidivism rate by:
-Providing a pathway for inmates to connect with nature and the community
-Providing opportunities for inmates to build skills in the field of agriculture
-Offer job training and entrepreneurship education
Chestnut School donated two Herbal Immersion enrollments to their campaign–find out more on their fundraising page.
Herbalista and the Herb Bus
The Herbalista Free Clinic provides free herbal care via their mobile clinics, the Herb Bus and the Herb Cart, to underserved communities in Atlanta and around the country. In addition to clinical services they also offer herbal education, training other herbalists on how they can start up mobile clinics in their neck of the woods. Chestnut School will be matching donations and contributing enrollments for their upcoming annual campaign.
Plants and Healers International
The mission of Plants and Healers International is to celebrate and further the work of Frank C. Cook IV by connecting communities and supporting activities that promote his vision of advancing human culture in harmony with the natural world. PHI facilitates knowledge exchange, skill building, inspires individuals and equips communities with tools to transition to a sustainable society that is in harmony with the natural world. Their interactive website, documentaries, international herbal resource centers and the published writings of Frank Cook are some ways in which the organization hopes to make a profound and positive impact on the world. Chestnut School is contributing $1,000 to an upcoming trip to China that is a collaboration with PHI and Joe Hollis of Mountain Gardens. Joe has been cultivating Chinese medicinal herbs in the Appalachian Mountains for decades and will be collecting seeds and knowledge on this voyage.
Standing Rock Medic + Healer Council
With funding organized in part by the Herbal Action Network, these inspiring water protectors coordinated medical and healing supplies, human resources, and other types of medical/healing aid for the NoDAPL resistance camps. Learn more here. The Herbal Action Network connects herbalists around the country in support of social and environmental justice.
Southeast Women's Herbal Conference
Southeast Wise Women offers renowned educational events for women to learn, connect and deepen into the Wise Woman Tradition, inspiring women to deepen a connection to ourselves, the Earth and each other. Chestnut School donates Medicine Making Course enrollments to the annual conference raffle to raise funds for their scholarship program.
Organic Growers School
Organic Growers School is the premiere provider of practical and affordable organic education in the Southern Appalachians, building a vibrant food and farming community by boosting the success of organic home growers and farmers in our region. Chestnut School donates a Medicine Making Course enrollment to their annual conference raffle.
Sustainable Herbs Project
The Sustainable Herbs Project is an interactive documentary following medicinal plants through the supply chain to provide you with the information needed to feel more confident about the herbal remedies you purchase. With interviews, stories, videos, and facts, they’ll bring the supply chain to life. Chestnut School donated an Herbal Immersion scholarship to their Kickstarter campaign.
1 Million Redwoods Campaign
For The Wild is planting millions of trees, native plants and fungal companions to mitigate climate change and rapid species loss. Chestnut School donated three Medicine Making Course enrollments to the campaign. Read more here.
The Natural Way Birthing Project
The Natural Way Birthing Project’s mission is to help lower the infant mortality risk factors and nurture families through education, advocacy and support during pregnancy and beyond. Chestnut School annually donates an enrollment to our Medicine Making Course. Learn more.