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7159 Wallace Drive
Brentwood Bay, BC, V8M 1G9

Welcome to Fireweed Farm & School! We grow rare and hard to find organic medicinal herb plants and seeds, craft high quality herbal products, and provide education on herbal medicine, wildcrafting, herb growing, and nature-based arts. Fireweed is located on the beautiful Saanich Peninsula near Victoria BC on Southern Vancouver Island.



Before I entered into Fireweed Farm’s herbal apprenticeship program, my knowledge of plant medicine was limited to general information I’d picked up from textbooks. Following eight months of highly experiential learning, my life has been transformed by the relationships I’ve formed with both classmates and local plants. I feel confident these connections will deepen every year as I now have the ability to identify and work with the plants in their various life stages. The course was supported by comprehensive written materials and time spent sitting in silence with select plant beings, providing a holistic view of their medicines. Jessy and Harmony are excellent facilitators; knowledgeable, fun, creative, and active stewards of the land here on Vancouver Island. A unique course that empowers one to continue learning and practicing as a lifestyle.
— Skye, 2018
This [apprenticeship] has literally been the best experience of my life. Jessy is extremely knowledgeable, I could study with her for years and still not know the half of it. Jessy’s assistant Harmony is equally amazing. Not only is she another wealth of plant knowledge, but she’s amazingly talented in astrology. Her monthly horoscope sessions are so rewarding. The farm they’ve created is the most exceptional and beautiful gift I could imagine. Jessy is providing access to hundreds of medicinal plants that otherwise, we would have no living contact with. The ability to work hands on with these plants, in such a positive and nurturing environment is irreplaceable.
— Stephanie, 2018
I started the course wanting to understand how better to use herbs for the health and wellbeing of my family. What actually happened was something akin to an awakening. I have learnt so much about these amazing plants and also myself in this process. I have deepened my connection to the natural world and have a developed an even greater respect and appreciation for these herbal wonders. Jessy has so much knowledge to share and being able get hands-on experience in how to grow, connect, harvest and transform these herbs into powerful medicines has been empowering and life changing. My confidence and curiosity is at a whole new level and I am excited to see where the journey goes from here. I am truly grateful for the opportunity and for all Jessy’s wisdom and experience.
— Katherine, 2018
Fireweed Farm and School’s Apprenticeship program is a wonderful journey of learning and connecting to plants and yourself. Jessy creates a welcoming learning environment. She is generous beyond measure and welcomes you to connect, harvest and tend to the plants she grows on the beautiful property. This aspect of the learning cannot be undervalued, having the ability to meet and connect with the plants right where you are learning about them is profound. Jessy shows that growing your own plants as medicine can be done and this helps ensure we are not perpetuating over-harvesting of indigenous plants... I would recommend this course greatly.
— Fiona, 2018
Jessy’s love and advocacy for plants and the natural world is truly inspiring. As a teacher, she communicates through her passion to create a holistic and deeply connected learning environment. Her knowledge of medicinal plants and herbs is backed by years of dedication and her own personal experiences. She encompasses biological understanding, herbal energetics and plant spirit medicine into her teachings which has made my learning experience incredibly enriching. Jessy’s apprenticeship program is a reflection of her deep seeded knowledge and I would highly recommend this course to anyone who wishes to strengthen their relationship with ‘self’ and our ancient plant allies.
— Justyne, 2017
How grateful I am to have Jessy as a teacher. She is a sensitive, generous, bad ass human being and she holds a wealth of knowledge. Her love for the plant world shines through in her teaching and as a herbalist. The balance between hands on medicine making, fact filled theory and spirituality keeps classes interesting and rewarding. I hope to continue studying with Jessy for years to come.
— Annie, 2017
I recently read a post somewhere describing herbalism as a form of activism and, having finished Fireweed School’s Herbal Apprenticeship Program, I couldn’t agree more. The program has helped me cultivate a deeper and far more meaningful relationship with plants than I ever could have gained simply by reading reference books, with the relationships and first-hand knowledge I’ve acquired spurring a meaningful change in my own personal life. The time I’ve spent with Jessy learning about plants – how they grow, how they heal, and the powerful part they can play in enriching our lives – has been transformative. For me, Jessy’s Herbal Apprenticeship Program has served as a form of activism in the very fact of empowering me to take an active role in my own health and that of my community. Herbalism is often called ‘the peoples’ medicine’, and I believe the Apprenticeship Program offers students an invaluable link between knowing this, and experiencing it firsthand.
— Megan, 2016
The program is the most inclusive I have found in terms of covering much more than text book theory. Every class is packed with information on topics like materia medica, plant spirit medicine, cultivation, energetic theories and systems, wildcrafting, clinical application, and hands-on medicine making (lots!), and Jessy’s tips from her years of experience. The days were well structured to include both theory lectures and discussion, and hands on application. The little assignments and class exercises were a good way to confirm and consolidate the material, without feeling overly stressed about being evaluated or graded based on what you can memorize. I wholeheartedly recommend this program to anyone seriously wanting experiential knowledge of the plant medicines they are working with.
— Dawn, 2016
This program offers a hands-on curriculum which includes wildcrafting, medicine making, an introduction to plant spirit medicine and a broad range of information on materia medica, particularly focusing on our local native plants. The course is set up perfectly from spring seeding to fall harvest and everything in between; structured yet held in a casual and friendly atmosphere, with room for class discussion and group learning. I now feel comfortable making a wide range of herbal medicines... My family and friends are benefitting from my knowledge and I have even managed (under Jessy’s direction) to prevent the use of antibiotics with my son, which was a huge milestone for me. I got much better with plant identification, and love that every day of class included time outdoors instead of being stuck in a classroom... including but not limited to beaches, forests, farms, fields and orchards.
— Dee, 2015
The Fireweed Herbal Apprenticeship Program deepened my connection to community and taught me a new way to communicate with the people and plants around me. Spending time with like-hearted classmates in farmlands, fields and forests was nothing short of magical and deeply healing in it’s own right. Under Jessy’s tutelage we learned to identify, harvest and harness powerful plant medicine to help heal ourselves and our community. Well- paced, accessible and thoughtful, the curriculum was flexible enough to accommodate different skill levels and interests. I am so grateful for my time in this program and look forward to studying with Jessy again in the future.
— Jennifer, 2015
This course is essential to anyone looking to enrich their lives through experiential knowledge-based learning. From growing plants, to wildcrafting; medicine making to astrology; body systems to plant walks....It is honestly impossible to put into words all of the special qualities of this program. It is unique, and the thing about being unique is that there is nothing else to compare it to -one of a kind; rare. Jessy is fostering something extremely special with her school, farm, workshops, and everything in between... doing so with complete reverence for the earth. Not only is she herself a wealth of knowledge, but the space given for direct plant perception and communion allows for a very special type of learning, one of individual proportion. Most notably, is the lovely way this apprenticeship intrinsically creates a safe and open environment for everyone to share. Together as a class, we hold a beautiful space that enhances that heart-centred vibration we are each looking to re-kindle at our core.
— Harmony, 2015