Excited about the prospect of going to Herb School, but not sure how to pay for it? Why not crowd source your tuition? It’s not just a great way to raise funds, but it’s also an excellent study tool! Imagine it like this:
You’re going to school to learn all about herbs, how to work with them to stay healthier, and how to make all the different types of herbal preparations. That’s information that lots of people would like to have, but they might not have the time to actually go to Herb School. That’s where this plan comes together! You could run a crowd funding campaign offering a monthly Herbal Support Box for everyone who contributes. Let’s do some math: at our school, our first year Apprenticeship Program/community herbalism program costs $3,000 for 200+ classroom hours over 9 months – which means 9 payments of $350. If you could find 11 people willing to support you at $35/month, that would completely cover your tuition AND the materials you need for the monthly Herbal Support Boxes.
Herbal Support Boxes
Let’s say that you offer Herbal Support Boxes that include one herbal preparation along with three “Herbal Tip” cards, delivered each month during your Apprenticeship. You might make a tea blend for relaxing before bedtime, for example, along with a nicely formatted card detailing the herbs in that tea blend and why they’re fantastic. You might also provide a second Herbal Tip card that talks about your favorite herb from the Materia Medica that month, and how to use it for some every day situations. And you might offer a third Herbal Tip card with your favorite recipe for incorporating a tasty herb into regular cooking, to encourage people to get more herbs into their daily life!
You could be creative and artistic, making pretty labels for your preparations, and creating handy cards that can be kept in a keepsake box. Or maybe you’re more minimalist, so instead of tangible cards, you create a private blog for your Funders, incorporating pretty photos with the information you want to share with them! Blogs are easy to start for free these days, and not only does making the preparations and creating the printed or digital content fulfill your deal with your Funders, but it ALSO provides you with an excellent opportunity to immediately put into practice the things that you learn each month, and to organize your notes and thoughts to create the written part of your monthly Herbal Support Box. (Not only that, but if you should decide to make herbalism a career, you’re building a client/customer base right from day one!)
Of course, you can structure your Herbal Support Boxes any way you like – you could offer larger boxes with multiple herbal goodies, you could host an herbal party each month where your Funders get to help you make the preparations you’re planning, you could even offer to customize the boxes – a ginger lovers box, a peppermint lovers box, whatever floats your boat! You can celebrate an herb of the month that grows locally so that folks who are funding you can learn more about the plants in your region, or you can be elaborate and exotic. You can go the extra mile and decide to grow as many as the herbs yourself as possible, or get them fresh from a local farm. You could even create a foodie Herbal Support Box – incorporating your herbs into cookies, chocolates, jams, chutney, ferments – the list is endless!
Monthly boxes are very popular these days, and it’s a fun way for people to watch your progress while enjoying the fruits of your studies!
I think this is a great idea even if you don’t need crowd funding for your herb school tuition: knowing that you’ve got a project each month will really provide you with motivation and structure for keeping your studies front and center!
And the greatest thing about it is, you don’t ever have to stop! You might love making the Herbal Support Boxes so much that it could become a whole business all on its own!
Want to share YOUR ideas about funding Herb School?