Blue Dragon Herbal Internships
What is an Herbal Healing Garden?
Our gardens are an interactive meditation on herbal healing and design, engaging with color, smell, touch, and taste. We build gardens that expand herbal education and access in venues that attract people at diverse levels of knowledge and experience. Our productive healing gardens are a resource for students of herbalism, low-cost clinics, and practitioners. Our sites include agricultural and community spaces, commercial properties, and the home.
Past partnerships and collaborators in Massachusetts: Blue Dragon Apothecary in Greenfield, Harmonic Gardens in Hadley, MA, Milk & Honey Herbs and Plant Nursery in Shutesbury, Funny Farm in Whately, Bear Root Farm in Easthampton, Gardening the Community in Springfield, and Park Hill Orchard in Easthampton!
WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR IN AN INTERN
We are looking for committed, inventive, hard-working, and enthusiastic individuals with interests in organic farming, herbal medicine, and community empowerment. Interns must be solution-oriented team builders who possess passion and capacities to focus, troubleshoot, and pursue projects with initiative. Our community of herbalists is growing, our community of students is diverse. The internship is self-directed and mutually supportive. We are so glad to offer flexible hours and schedules.
This internship can be a lot of physical work, but work that is rewarding and challenging. Our approach to herbalism and herb cultivation is interactive and experimental. We seek balance between production and design because herbalism is a creative and personal avenue to healing and empowerment.
If you are interested in applying for an internship contact Emma Donnelly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcoming Interns for Fall 2018 & Winter 2019
Blue Dragon partners with students of all ages and community based agriculture, herbal medicine, and education projects.
The internships are about experimentation and collaboration, as well as self and community empowerment. Depending on season and capabilities interns will work with gardeners and herbalists to design and implement educational and productive herbal healing gardens. Interns will use their harvest to make medicine at Blue Dragon Apothecary.
Gardens & Work Sites
Blue Dragon Apothecary (medicine making)
Park Hill Orchard (1/4 mile herbal meditation labyrinth)
Funny Farm (1/4 acre intensive mini-farm)
This internship celebrates the intersection of agriculture, holistic health, design in apothecary and horticultural work. Interns will be involved in the research and implementation of long-term and short-term projects, with opportunities to break out into areas of expertise/work groups.
Major projects include:
Rainwater collection systems
Harvesting and processing herbal medicine
Seed saving and storing
Research and helping run the low-cost herbal clinic
work and learn Trade
Herbal Medicine: Expectations: 2-3 hours 1-2x per week in the apothecary and 3-6 hours in the gardens during the growing season. There isn't class time, besides independent study, and we often do research-based zines and social media posts with our interns. The structure is experiential, work-based during our clinic and retail hours. In the gardens students learn to identify and care for the plants, as well as to harvest, process and make medicines. Medicine making includes harvesting, drying, extracting, and preserving. Preserving includes drying and infusing, extracting and preserving. We do a lot of infusing with honey, alcohol, glycerine, and oil. We will learn to create various products based on the season and the demand of the community we serve. This includes digestive bitters, cordials, aromatherapy and massage oil infusions, and salves. This work and learn trade, allows for students to get a hands on approach to medicine making. Students will also research, teach and reflect back to the group during meetings. Interns make products at Blue Dragon Apothecary and often take home medicine to begin building a home apothecary.
Learning with the Seasons: As the seasons change, we will study changes in the medicinal plants and when to harvest roots, leaves, and flowers. We will consider the benefits of living with the seasons and how seasonal changes affect not only the earth and plants, but our own bodies and health as well.
Fall 2018/Winter 2019: September-November, December-March (helping make retail products, cultivation of native, and eastern and western herbs - many roots, wildcrafting, medicine making, and apothecary event planning)
Spring 2019: April-June (bed building, planting and mulching, greenhouse work, medicine making, and apothecary event planning)
Summer 2019: June-August (cultivation of native, and eastern and western herbs, drying herbs, medicine making, and apothecary event planning)