four seasons of herbal learning

The Phytofarm Apprenticeship offers a thorough instruction in the growing, harvesting, processing and manufacture of a wide range of herbal products. Students in the programme are encouraged to develop and explore personal areas of special interest and build confidence with medicinal plants that grow easily.

our unique approach to herbal education

Phytofarm  has been developed over the last ten years by herbalist and naturopath Valmai Becker as a repository of plants and learning centre. The gardens, manufacturing and drying sheds have been purpose built to provide a practical learning experience in herbal medicine. The four seasons are celebrated with the students from discovering culinary herbal delights of the spring garden, to exploring the abundance of the summer garden and blending quality products from the drying room during the autumn and winter seasons.

Hands-on learning

The apprenticeship is open to anyone who has an interest and passion for learning about medicinal plants. This is a practical learning experience and will include out door activities in the garden and time managing plant material in the drying room. There will be 168 hours of instruction, 24 days, with 6 days for each season and 80 hours of home study, 20 hours to be completed at the end of each season. On successful completion of the apprenticeship the participants will be awarded a Phytofarm Certificate in Herbal Apprenticeship.


Valmai Becker has had many years of experience in graduating students into the healing profession, gardening projects, and has been successful in the management of four businesses that reflect her enthusiasm and love all things natural.


Attendance: 8 Weekends, two each season – once a month Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Hour: 10am – 4pm
Total Attendance Hours: 144

Home Work: 20, Hours each season: 80

Total Hours: 224

Spring 2019: 15-17 November, 13-15 December. Summer 2020: 17-19 January, 14-16 February. Autumn 2020: 13-15 March, 3-5 April. Winter 2020: 5-7 June, 3-5 July.

Student Information

  • Applications completed by 1 November 2019
  • All applications advised in writing by 10 November 2019
  • Apprenticeship Fees due by 31 October 2019
  • Fees paid in advance for the full year $4,500
  • Seasonal Payment $1,250

Download the information PDF here:
PHYTOFARM 2019-20 prospectus

Download the application form here:

PHYTOFARM 2019-20 application