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Lauren F
North Bend Rd.
(Greater Cincinnati)
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the project

Herbalism has surged in popularity. Across the country new schools and practitioners are reviving traditions that we haven’t had great access to in our area since the Eclectic Medical Institute in Cincinnati, the last school of herbal medicine, closed in 1939. Countless folk and tribal practices declined as well, as communities with rich herbal histories struggled to find access to land and traditions. Those community-based practices are the heartbeat of modern herbalism. We need more people with traditional knowledge working in their communities during this revival of herbalism and natural wellness.

We are partnering with ioby to start a scholarship fund. Our goal is to send people from underrepresented groups to an established, in-person, herbal medicine school with the funds for tuition, and additional money to assist with living expenses. Please consider donating or attending a class with us at Tikkun Farm to help raise money for our 2024 scholarship fund.

the steps

Most of the work needs to happen prior to receiving funds. 2023 goals include:
1. Creating a diverse advisory committee
2. Researching appropriate herbal schools and the areas they are in
3. Asking schools if they would consider offering reduced tuition
4. Creating and distributing the scholarship application
5. Reviewing applicants and awarding the scholarship in the beginning of 2024

why we're doing it

Groundwork Herbs was started to increase access to medicinal herbs and knowledge about medicinal herbs in southwest Ohio. We believe that creating supportive structures that funnel access to skills, information, and resources back to the people it came from is foundational to a healthy and thriving community.


Scholarship recipients will choose a school from a vetted list. Tuition and living expenses vary widely but expectations are tuition will range from $4,000 to $10,000. The remainder of the money will help cover living expenses. This budget breakdown will be more precise after the organization of an advisory board and creation of a school list.

Scholarships: XXX

Living Expenses: XXX

ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $815
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)
Donation processing fees apply to donations only. 100% of match funding goes to projects. Please note, fees are estimated here and final numbers may change based on the final amount raised and amount of match funding applied to this campaign.  


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