The Tea Project: Growing an Herbal Medicine Garden for Tea in the Classroom, Barger & Kiefer, Spring 2019

Course Number: EDU 5527 C04
Instructor: Angie Barger & Joseph Kiefer
Location: Marshfield & Montpelier, VT
Dates and Times: January 13-June 7, 2019. Weekend workshops, weekday on-site consultations. Exact dates to be determined by the group.
Credits: 3 Graduate Credits
Tuition: Set by Luna Root and payable to Luna Root

Note: Course payment is due and payable to Luna Root. For more information contact course instructor Angie Barger.

Course Description

What kind of school garden gives more and more each year? A perennial medicinal herb garden.


In this course, we will learn experientially with an herbal gardening mentor and clinical herbalist to build and design a perennial herb garden for your school. This garden will grow to supply your classroom with a monthly supply of herbal teas throughout the school year so you can have a locally harvested tea corner to supply your daily cup of tea and mindfulness practices.


The perennial garden is suited to the school year, with harvest season offering itself as students return to school the next year. Plant medicinal herbal starts from seed indoors and nurture them to the garden right as the school year is culminating. Learn the medicinal actions of the specific plants in your garden, as students continue the practice of drinking herbal tea in the classroom and reflecting on its pathway and course in their bodies. May our experiences inform our lives.

Course Goals & Objectives

Throughout the workshops and group conversations the following topics from within this realm will be introduced and explored:

Identifying Edible and Medicinal Plants in the wild and the garden

Designing & planting a perennial medicine garden





Drawing Plants (Botany),

Concept of plants having medicinal actions in the body

10 plants and their uses

5 medicinal preparations for local wild abundant plants

Spring Ephemeral Flowers (woodland)

Developing an inner knowledge of taste

Mindfulness and Tea Drinking

Course Objectives: Students will become familiar with sources to access current research on herbal use and experimentation.

Students will brainstorm, develop and create standardized (NGSS and Common Core) to accompany the primary goal topics of their choice.

Required Texts

Required texts are not included in the course tuition.

The Medicinal Herb Gardener by Richo Cech

 Other Suggested Readings/Texts:

Alchemy of Herbs, by Rosalee de la Foret

Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health, by Rosemary Gladstar

A Kid’s Herb Book, by Leslie Tierra

For additional course information

Angie Barger
(802) 595-2512


For additional registration information

Bethany Sprague
(802) 468-1325

Register online now!