Herbaculture Intern Program

We are committed to the future of herbal medicine by educating and inspiring tomorrow’s herbalists, farmers and naturopaths. Our Herbaculture Program offers a rigorous and intensive hands-on immersion into the cultivation and use of medicinal plants at our certified organic herb farms nestled in the heart of the Siskiyou Mountains in GMO-free Josephine County, Oregon.

Program Sessions & Dates

The 2017 Herbaculture Program offers applicants a choice of three sessions*:
SPRING SESSION: March 30th – June 8th (FULL)
SUMMER SESSION: June 15th – August 31st (FULL)
FALL SESSION: September 7th – November 16th

* Applications can be for multiple sessions although you may attend only one session in a calendar year.

Hands-On Herbs

Students spend an average of 28 hours a week: learning from professional herbal farmers, cultivating and harvesting over 70 different medicinal herbs grown on the farm and maintaining our formal 1.5-acre Botanical Education Garden and additional planting areas.

Focused and Intense – Be prepared

You will be challenged both physically and mentally – working on the farm is demanding. Therefore, students be in good physical condition and mentally prepared to work, study and live with 9 other like-minded individuals from a wide range of educational, cultural and experiential backgrounds.

Classroom Training

Our classes take place Tuesday and Thursday evenings, Fridays and several Saturdays. They are focused on plant identification, ethical wildcrafting, traditional western herbal energetics, ayurvedic herbology, ethnobotany, plant communications, therapeutic herbalism, medicine making and physiology.


Herbaculture staff includes Herb Pharm scientists and herbalists as well as practicing naturopathic physicians and herbalists from the area. Teachers and classes are subject to change. See Herbaculture Curriculum


There are no fees assessed for participation in this program. Dormitory styled housing is provided in a large, modern guesthouse. However, students are responsible for their own food expense, consumable household items, transportation and maintenance of the guesthouse. Students must contribute a minimum of $150/month towards communal food purchases. We strongly advise that students carry health insurance and/or set aside an emergency medical fund for the duration of your stay.

How to Apply

Click here to download the 2017 Application Form.
Applications are welcomed at any time; there are no session deadlines. Please see below for recommendations on the latest date to apply for each respective session to ensure consideration when space is available. Applications can be filled out electronically and emailed to mkelfarm@herb-pharm.com OR printed out, handwritten and mailed to: Herbaculture Program, PO Box 116, Williams, OR 97544. Two letters of recommendation are required and may be sent with the application or separately. For more information about this program, contact Maya Wauters, Program Coordinator, at mkelfarm@herb-pharm.com. Click here for FAQs.

2017 Session Dates Application due (recommended only) Session filled by (estimate only)
Spring: March 30-June 8 Nov 15th Dec 18th
Summer: June 15-Aug 31 Feb 14th March 14th
Fall: Sept 7-Nov 16 May 1st June 1st
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