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The Full 9-month Program Begins February 1, 2023

Because we're following the seasons, the full course only has one start date per year! Miss it, and you have to wait until 2024! (Our smaller courses can be started at any time)

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About me,

Jovie Hawthorn Browne

Unlike many herbal teachers you can find, I didn’t grow up on the land. I’d love to say I did, but I grew up poor in the Mojave desert in military housing. I didn’t have elders to teach me the traditions of my ancestors. I had books and professors to teach me how cellular biology and phytochemistry worked as I earned my bachelor's degree in Biology and post grad diploma in herbalism. I didn’t get to know plants through foraging and wildcrafting them. I got to know them through cultivating and tending to them in several gardens for over a decade. I will always continue learning. My path has not been traditional. And that’s okay. Your path doesn't have to look like my path at all (or anyone elses for that matter). I’d just like to share what I’ve learned so far with all of you, in a way that I’m hoping will feel safe, non-judgmental, and balanced.


See what students are saying:

“I love the fact that there is downloadable content that I can go back to, and that there is no deadline. The info is also very non-biased when it comes to modern medicine ”

Jamie B.

“I really enjoy how each plant profile gives you a bit of everything of the plant as in the who, what and where. I also enjoy reading the folklore and the case studies. The Hawthorne lesson was super cool with all the folk history which each part of the plant.”

Alicia Q.

“The amount of information provided is great, not too much, not too little. Despite there being a pre-defined order, it is so easy to go back to the previous lessons ”

Tessa F.

“Jovie is an amazingly inclusive human. I appreciate her word choices when referring to who these plants were cultivated by. She always takes special care to acknowledge those who have come before us. I am a white female and love that she is firmly giving credit to indigenous, non-white humans. I suppose closed-minded people could be uncomfortable, but that just means you are educating well! ”

Julie F.

“The fact that I can come back to the course and totally take my time is incredibly helpful. Sometimes I have to go back and glance at things so I actually retain everything. I truly appreciate how the course was set up. ”

Alicia Q.

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  • How much time will I need to dedicate to this?

    The course is designed to be easily incorporated into life for those who have work, school, or family that takes up most of their time. Lessons are not live, so you do not need to coordinate any scheduling. You can expect to dedicate one to two hours per week to reading and videos, depending on how much time you need to process and absorb material. There's no homework or tests, and if you fall behind, that's okay! You have two years to access the content for the full 9-month course, and one year for the shorter courses

  • Do I need to schedule time for live lessons?

    No! All of the content is pre-recorded and you can move through the lessons at your own pace. Due to the seasonal nature of *the full 9-month intensive*, lessons for this course and are released on a week-by-week basis. If you fall behind, that's okay. Catch up when you can and let me know how I can support you. If you're wanting to move faster, though, You won't be able to skip ahead.

  • Is there any homework or tests?


  • Can I enroll for toolkit shipments if I'm outside the US?

    You can! But I won't be able to include any seeds, since shipping seeds of any kind across state lines is illegal without a license. But don't worry, I wasn't planning on sending you $300 worth of seeds! The toolkits will mainly consist of medicine-making tools and equipment, dried herbs, and other ingredients. The price difference from forfeiting the seeds will be used to cover the additional shipping costs to Canada and Mexico, and there is an additional $15 charge to ship to Europe.

  • What if I have questions?

    Students in all courses will be able to reach me directly at

  • Which growing zones will the course apply to?

    A good portion of the perennials we will discuss will be hardy in USDA zones 3-10. Some are only hardy in zones 6-10, and a couple hardy to zones 9-11 that can be grown as annuals. If you're not sure what a growing zone is or what any of this means, that's okay! We'll be covering it in the course. The way we will be profiling the plants will be laid out mostly as they appear throughout the seasons in the northern hemisphere. ie: we'll be meeting the plants that pop up in the northern hemisphere's Summer during the northern hemisphere's Summer. So while those in the southen hemisphere will likely miss out on the aspect of walking outside and harvesting the plant they just learned about (if it's something that grows well in their growing zone), there's nothing wrong with learning about plants out of season! So long as you want to learn about plants that are mostly native to the US and Eurasia. On top of that, a large portion of the information you'll learn will be foundational (meaning how and why plants work, how to extract and make medicine with them, etc) so the seasonal aspect of the plant profiles can be worked around.

  • Is this a certification course?

    You will receive a certificate of completion after finishing the course! But unless you become a Naturopathic Doctor (ND), herbal certification really doesn't hold any legal ground no matter where you go to school. Any course that claims you will be a certified herbalist after is offering you the same thing I am, since state or national certification and licensure doesn't exist in the US! It shows that you completed formal training, but doesn't offer a credential. The only credential available in the herbal community (Registered herbalist RH) is through the American Herbalists Guild and is only recognized within the community, not by any governing bodies. Herbalism is a tradition, and involving governmental approval for something everyone should have access to is rooted in white supremacy.

  • Is there a way to connect with other students?

    Yes! There is a Rootcraft Online Community group that is somewhat like a Facebook group, where students can post comments, ask questions, share their successes, bounce ideas, etc.

  • What if I don't have space to plant things?

    There is a vast amount of information in the course that doesn't involve growing the plants! It's a nice bonus that many courses don't offer, but we will be covering all the foundational information for working with the plants as well, their folklore, the research that has been done on them, the best ways to extract them, how to make medicine with them, what time of year it might be best to work with them, their safety, and more. We do cover plants that can be grown in containers in case that ends up being an option! And you have access to the videos for two years in case your situation changes, plus downloadable plant profiles that can be taken with you for reference any time in the future. It was years after my initial herbal training before I started growing the plants myself, and many herbalists source their materials from herb suppliers. Even if you decide not to make the medicinal preparations yourself and buy them elsewhere as well, there is still plenty of information for how and when to choose which herbs to work with.

These courses might be a good fit for you if:

  • You’re new to herbalism but want a deep dive introduction

  • You consider your herbal knowledge intermediate but want another perspective

  • You like to learn the science, but aren’t trying to get your PhD in phytochemistry in order to read it

  • You appreciate a balance between herbalism and conventional medicine

  • You like some woo-woo, but take it with a grain of salt

  • You learn best from someone who is calm, serious, and introverted

  • You’re easily overstimulated by sounds and visuals

This training might *not* be the best fit for you if

  • You’re looking for in-depth wildcrafting or foraging training, 
because we’re going to focus on growing them ourselves.

  • You’re only looking for recipes, 
because we’re going to be learning the fundamentals first

  • You’re looking for advanced or clinical herbalist training, 
because, again, fundamentals.

  • You learn best from someone who is loud, bubbly, and extroverted, 
because if I wanted to fake it I would go back to working in the service industry!

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