Module 17 Experiential Projects

Complete the following experiential projects and record your descriptions into the fillable PDF linked from the green button below. Record your descriptions into the fillable PDF linked from the green button below (or you can print this PDF, hand-write your answers, and scan it to create a digital file). Do not record more than 2 sentences about each project, unless otherwise noted in the instructions (you can do this elsewhere for your own records)

You can send us your Experiential Project Checklists as soon as you complete them.

When you’ve finished one of the checklists, you can send it to Sara at sara@chestnutherbs.com for review. Please only submit your checklist once all projects are complete for a module. We ask that you send us no more than six checklists at once, so that we can give ample attention to each one.

Some of these projects have seasonal components, so don’t try to complete all of them before beginning the next module. Just make a note to yourself to come back and finish up during the appropriate season. We’ll send you reminders along the way!

You’re welcome to contact us through the Q&A Form if you have any questions about these projects.

The following is an outline of the experiential projects that can be found in the fillable PDF form on the course home page. Please refer to the Experiential Project Checklist PDF for the complete projects. These projects are only required if you are pursuing a course certificate, but they’ll really help you integrate the material!

Now that you’ve reached the end of this course, you’ve been truly immersed in the art of growing medicinal herbs. No one knows better than you all the nuances and niches of your personal paradise garden, which can only be understood by a gardener’s patient hand. It’s helpful to learn from other gardeners—such as the writers of the Regional Profiles in this module—to see how their trials and triumphs match your own. This is a good time to reflect back on your own experience as well, to honor the time you’ve so lovingly devoted to this program, and to make a plan for the future.

While the rest of your checklists may be submitted at any point during the program, this one will be completed last, after you’ve finished all the coursework from Modules 1 through 16—this includes your review worksheets, quizzes, and checklists. You can submit this assignment along with your Core Garden Project Journal and Certificate Submission Checklist.

Read through the Regional Profiles and choose the one that best describes your region. It’s very likely that none of these bioregions will be a perfect fit, so choose the one that’s closest. Which profile do you think is most similar to your region?

Take a look at the plants highlighted in the regional profile you’ve chosen, and review the Habitat Lists that could be applicable to your garden or homestead (Wetland and Water-loving Herbs, Shade-Loving and Shade Tolerant Herbs, Arid Climate Herbs, and Hot and Humid Climate Herbs). Which of these plants have you already grown? (It’s okay if you haven’t grown any yet!) Which of these plants are you excited to grow next year?

Look back at your Experiential Project Checklist from Module 2, and reread what you wrote for the “Planning Your Dream Garden” project. It may be helpful to reread the accompanying lesson as well. When you started this journey, why did you want to grow medicinal herbs? How has that changed?

Did you create any new niches in your garden to expand your range of habitats? If not, what niche might you like to create now that you’ve completed the course? For example, start a woodland garden where you could plant shade-loving herbs or create a pond to grow wetland herbs…

Did you meet the goals you laid out for yourself? How has your vision of your garden changed now that you’ve completed this program?

What aspect of your garden are you most excited about? How would you like your garden to continue to evolve now that you’ve completed this program?

Is there an aspect of herbalism that has caught your attention? Foraging, medicine making, botany, nutrition, or…?

Since embarking on this program, you’ve completed an impressive amount of work, from medicine making to gardening. Of all the things you’ve learned and created, what have you done that makes you most proud?