Sharing the Bounty: The Power of Community
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’re excited to showcase these exemplary organizations that are finding bottom-up solutions to strengthen local communities and support social change.
TOUR OUR PROFESSIONAL ALLIANCES
Harriet’s Apothecary is an intergenerational, healing village led by the brilliance and wisdom of Black Cis Women, Queer and Trans healers, artists, health professionals, magicians, activists and ancestors. The intention of Harriet’s Apothecary is to continue the rich healing legacy of abolitionist, community nurse and herbalist Harriet Tubman. They offer community healing villages that encompass free to sliding scale, body-affirming, love-drenched potions, prescriptions and customized individual and group healing services to restore and expand their community’s abilities to transform stress and heal trauma.
Chestnut School donated four Herbal Immersion scholarships to Harriet’s Apothecary in 2017 to support their work expanding access to health and healing resources for their community.
Soul Fire Farm
Soul Fire Farm is a family farm committed to the dismantling of oppressive structures that misguide our food system. A Certified Naturally Grown farm, they act as a community resource and vessel for education. They raise life-giving food and act in solidarity with people marginalized by food apartheid. With deep reverence for the land and wisdom of our ancestors, they work to reclaim our collective right to belong to the earth and to have agency in the food system. They bring diverse communities together on this healing land to share skills of sustainable agriculture, cooking, and natural building, and contribute to the movements for food sovereignty and community self-determination.
The Chestnut School annually donates three Herbal Immersion scholarships to aid Soul Fire’s educational outreach endeavors.
Grow Where You Are
Based in Atlanta, GA, Grow Where You Are provides Agro-Ecology training and life skills workshops to evolve urban dwellers into global stewards. They partner with organizations and individuals to bring food abundance to communities in need of real food. They plant fruit orchards, develop farms and assist in ecological restoration to enhance the economy, environment, and health of residents. Grow Where You Are has been training people in this dynamic form of urban agriculture for over ten years.
The Chestnut School annually donates three Herbal Immersion scholarships to Grow Where You Are, to support their work of empowering people and their communities.
United Plant Savers
United Plant Savers‘ mission is to protect native medicinal plants of the United States and Canada and their native habitat while ensuring an abundant renewable supply of medicinal plants for generations to come. The work of United Plant Savers involves research, education and conservation of native medicinal plants and their habitats. We hope that you will join the United Plant Savers in this worthwhile and important mission. UpS is a 501 (C)3 non-profit organization.
The Chestnut School is an Educational Member of UpS. Students of the Herbal Immersion Program receive a one-year student membership to this wonderful organization.
We support public botanical gardens and plant conservation through annual donations or memberships at the North Carolina Arboretum, Asheville Botanical Gardens, the National Tropical Botanical Gardens, and the American Chestnut Foundation. Additionally, the Chestnut School is a member of the American Botanical Council, the American Herbalist Guild, and the Herb Society of America.
Students in our courses also receive a discount on orders from Mountain Rose Herbs while they’re enrolled at the school. Mountain Rose Herbs is a great source of quality bulk herbs and supplies.
We offer need-based scholarships to our online courses that are selected around our mission of promoting diversity and inclusivity in the field of herbal medicine. They are designed for herbal enthusiasts from underserved populations who face barriers due to our unbalanced social structure – parameters such as race, class, sexual orientation, and gender identification/non-identification will be considered. Furthermore, we seek applicants who plan to use their education to provide further outreach in under-resourced communities.
Since 2016, we’ve donated over $430,000 through our scholarship program. To learn more and sign up for updates, visit our Scholarships Program Page.