Goldthread Apothecary

Farm to Pharmacy

Our Most Popular Program now in its 8th and Final Year Expanded for 2014 - Two Exciting Courses Now Enrolling

Farm to Pharmacy is a revolutionary approach to herbal education that takes place at Goldthread Herb Farm and Apothecary in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains in Western Massachusetts. Deeply informative and life-changing, Farm to Pharmacy provides the chance to play a pivotal role in the Grassroots Healthcare Revolution, awakening the healer within through unparalleled communion with medicinal plants as well as community that emphasizes sustainable healthcare grounded in organic agriculture.

Goldthread's multi-dimensional curriculum offers the rare opportunity to learn both traditional medicine and herb cultivation, within a personalized, contemplative and reciprocal relationship with the plants as the teachers. Students attend classes in medicinal theories, participate in capacity-building workshops and spend an abundance of time outdoors in Goldthread’s lush fields, home to over 100 varieties of healing plants.

2014 will be the last year running our Farm to Pharmacy internship and we're making it our best yet with an expanded schedule and two new teachers.

Students at Farm

The classic Work Study Program will run each Wednesday as it has for 8 years, and feature a blend of class time and work in the gardens giving interns that rich and unique experience that's made it our most popular program. Work Study interns spend an additional day on the farm each week tending the living medicine and building deep relationship with the plants. It is an invigorating and rewarding program designed for those that recognize and appreciate the challenge, value and benefit of first-hand experience and service-based learning.

New this year, we're offering the same revolutionary curriculum in a Weekend Immersion format for those living at a distance or with schedules that can't accommodate a mid-week commitment. The weekend course will include two exciting new teachers in a truly multi-dimensional learning experience that presents a complete picture of Traditional Medicine theory and application.

Both Courses Follow the revolutionary Farm to Pharmacy Curriculum. Read more about what makes this program so unique here

2014 Program Offerings

Farm to Pharmacy - Work Study Internship 2014

We are happy to announce that our signature 7-Month program is now enrolling for the 2014 season.

Interns combine working with living herbs in the soil, studying the theories and philosophical foundations from various Traditions, with hands on medicine making for practical healing purposes. In this way Interns gain a truly holistic understanding of the power of plants.

Over the course of this experiential seven-month program Interns will spend two days per week on the farm, with one day focused on instruction and the other devoted to practice. The class day will be divided between classes in herbal theories and supervised work with the plants in over 3 acres of fields. The day for practice will allow students to apply their new skills consistently to build mastery. The Work Study Program is vitally important to the healthy functioning of Goldthread Herb Farm, Interns playing a pivotal role in the grassroots healthcare revolution! It is not only an opportunity to gain experiential knowledge about growing and using medicinal herbs, it is also an exploration into your own personal growth and development.

** Students who are unable to commit an additional day per week will have the option of paying a tuition to attend the weekly class day.

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Weekend Immersion 2014

Goldthread is thrilled to present our new Weekend Immersion Series. Spend one weekend a month on the farm, immersed in the aesthetics, alchemy and application of botanical medicine.

Following the Farm To Pharmacy Curriculum, this multi-dimensional, hands on learning experience will engage students on all levels culminating in both a comprehensive scholastic and deeply-felt understanding of botanical medicine.

Three esteemed teachers come together for a truly multifaceted learning experience: Students will experience and participate in the full cycle of the growing season, stewarding the plants from seedlings through harvest while the atmosphere of the farm revives and restores. Lectures, group work and hands on capacity-building activities form the cornerstone of a strong philosophical and practical foundation of grassroots herbalism.

Goldthread's Farm to Pharmacy Weekend Immersion is ideal for non-local students, or those that work full-time.

Goldthread Apothecary - 3 Deerfield Ave, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370
(413) 489-3137 |