Columbines School

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    Our Instructors and Staff:

    Howie Brounstein has taught botany, herbalism, and wildcrafting extensively for decades, including at such herbal establishments as the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine. He is the co-owner and a primary instructor of the Columbines School of Botanical Studies and has a clinical practice in Eugene, Oregon. He is well known for his brilliant in depth teaching style and his passionate love of plants.

    Leah Kays Leah is a 2006 graduate of Columbines School of Botanical Studies and has been involved with the school since. She is an herbalist, botanist, and bartender from Portland, Oregon who has moved from a substitute teacher to a full time Columbines instructor.

  • First Year Apprenticeship Program

    What Equipment Will You Need for Field Work?

    • Flora of the Pacific Northwest by Hitchcock and Cronquist, University of Washington Press. Be sure to buy the new Second Edition.
    • 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, a metric ruler, and more.
    • Daypack
    • You will need a cutting board, pruning shears (clippers), sharp knife, 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.
    • 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 quart jars).
    • Carpooling expenses

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