Outreach at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst



HerbFest is our annual celebration sponsored by UMass students in the Spring session of Stockbridge School 280, Herbs, Spices, and Medicinal Plants.  During the course of the semester, each UMass student in the class selects a specific area of plant/herb of interest and develops a presentation; demonstrating the ways in which herbs, spices, and medicinal plants are used in society.  Projects generally include herbal tinctures used in medicine, baked goods flavored with spices, and an assortment of candles, soaps, and aroma-therapy products. Herbfest 2014 is scheduled for Tuesday, April 22nd in the UMass Student Union Ballroom. The event is open to the general public from 11:30am-1:30pm. Other herbal workshops and presentations will be posted as scheduled.

Internships and Research Opportunites

Aside from the opportunities at UMass, we have connections with a number of different schools, programs, and organizations, both local, across the United States and the world! Please contact us if you are interested in learning more or if you are interested promoting your herbal business.

United Plant Savers Sanctuary Internship Deadline: April 14th for Spring (May-June), August 1st for Fall (Aug-Oct)

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Deadline: Rolling Admissions (September-December)

Volunteer at Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Deadline: Ongoing

Local Herbalists (Ask these herbalists about apprenticeships!!)

Jade Alicandro Mace at Milk & Honey Herbs (Shutesbury, MA)

Brittany Wood Nickerson at Thyme Herbal (Amherst, MA)

Kristen Avonti at Windy Roots (Shutesbury, MA)

Emily French at Sweetgrass Herbals (Sterling, MA)

Chris Marano at Clearpath Herbals (Wendell, MA)

Katja Swift and Ryn Midura at Commonweatlth Cente for Herbal Medicine (Boston, MA)

Guido Mase at Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism (Montpelier, VT)

Local Herbalist Schools :

Milk and Honey Herbs (Shutesbury, MA)

Tree of Dreams Sanctuary (Shutesbury, MA)

Blazing Star Herbal School (Ashfield, MA)

Boston School of Herbal Studies (Arlington, MA)

Commonwealth Center for Herbal Medicine (Boston, MA)

Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism (Montpelier, VT)

Sage Mountain Herb School (Barre, VT)

Herbal Stores:

Acadia Herbals (Northampton, MA)

The Herbarium (Chicopee, MA)

Goldthread Herbal Apothecary (Florence, MA)

Scentsibilities (Bolyston, MA)

Generations Healing Center (Oxford, MA)

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