Announcing an Essay Contest for BotanoLogos Students!

Win a $500 scholarship towards any BotanoLogos School of Herbal Studies 2021 program! 

 About the Essay Contest Topic: Sustainability in Herbalism

 Sustainability in herbalism is a critical issue that all herb users should be aware of when sourcing herbs. We must ask questions such as: Where do these herbs come from? Are they from wild sources or cultivated? How are they grown? How are they harvested in the wild? What economic and environmental factors affect herb resources? These are questions we all need to be asking about every herb we use. Share your understanding of one aspect of this critical issue to win a $500 scholarship for any of our 2021 programs.

This essay contest, sponsored by our friends at Frontier Coop as part of their Partners In Education program, is a chance for you to write about an area of sustainability that impacts herbalism and receive a $500 scholarship. Some possible topics might be:

  • Sustainability issues for a specific herb or species.
  • Sustainability and conservation issues of a particular bioregion or habitat. 
  • The impact climate change has on one particular herb.
  • Exploration of conservation efforts to restore a native plant or plants in a specific habitat.
  • The role small scale growers play in creating sustainable supplies of a specific herb or cultivated herbs. 
  • Describe where we get a specific herb or essential oil and any related sustainability issues that should be considered.

 The contest guidelines allow you to focus on an area you know about or are interested in researching. However, your focus should be on a specific sustainability aspect and not a general overview of this issue. 

Frontier staff familiar with sustainability issues in herbalism read all essays and choose the winner. Note: BotanoLogos staff does not play a role in choosing the winning application. 

Be sure to do your research so that your information is accurate! A few organizations with reliable information about specific aspects of this issue include The Sustainable Herbs Project, American Botanical Council, American Herbalists Guild, United Plant Savers, and others.

Essay Guidelines:

  • One essay submission per person.
  • Essay length: One to two pages, typed, using Calibri or similar font, 12-14 points.
  • Essay format: Word document with the following information on the first page’s header – PIE Essay Contest YOUR NAME.
  • To submit your essay, email as an attachment to
  • The submission deadline is midnight on January 15, 2021.
  • On January 27, 2021, the winner will be chosen and notified by email with details about how to apply your scholarship funds.

Questions? Please send us an email.