First Year Apprenticeship Program

What Equipment Will You Need for Field Work?

Spring Term

  • Flora of the Pacific Northwest by Hitchcock and Cronquist, University of Washington Press. This is sometimes available used. Please obtain this book early, as it becomes nearly impossible to find in March, and will require special ordering.
  • Medicinal Plants of the Mountain West by Michael Moore, Museum of New Mexico Press. We will use the new 2003 revised edition.
  • The tuition includes a copy of the Class Workbook, handouts and notes for the Apprenticeship. We will also provide a complete botanical identification kit consisting of a hand-lens (loupe) or magnifying lens, a sharp razor knife, a dissecting tool, and a metric ruler.
  • Daypack
  • You will need a cutting board, pruning shears (clippers), sharp knife, a vegetable brush, and other harvesting and processing supplies during this term.
  • Foul weather gear: This is exceptionally important, and includes rain coat, rain pants, rain hat, change of shoes, and waterproof boots for walking in mud and standing in 6″ of water.

Summer Term

  • Medicinal Plants of the Pacific West by Michael Moore, Red Crane Books.
  • Camping gear: We will be car camping, so bring all the camping gear necessary for your comfort.

Extra Expenses

  • You will be making a variety of herbal preparations, so be prepared to buy gallons of alcohol, a gallon and a half of olive oil, and a few cases of wide mouth mason jars (1/2 pints, pints, and perhaps a few quarts).
  • Carpooling expenses: Drivers will receive a per trip maintenance reimbursement from the school for wear and tear on their vehicles. The gas expense is shared with the passengers in the car.

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