Herb Farming

 
By Isabel M. Isidro

Herbs nowadays are very much in demand, particularly with the popularity of specialty foods and cooking, and homeopathic medicines. Many people are into aromatherapy, which uses herbal oils and fragrances. Culinary herb varieties, such as basil, chives, parsley, oregano, thyme, mint, rosemary, French tarragon and many others, are growing in use. One particular herb, the medicinal herb ginseng once grown in Asia, is now grown in some parts of the United States and Europe. The growing interest in alternative medicine and healing both in America and the rest of the world ensures that this is a market set to expand.

Small-time herb farming can be an ideal business for those who love farming, as herbs can be grown in almost all seasons, in greenhouses, sun rooms and/or outdoors in relatively small spaces. Dried herbs can also be sold to crafters and florists for wreaths, floral arrangements, etc. Your first step is to decide what area of the business you want to develop (e.g. plants, herb products, aromatherapy, etc.). You can sell your herbs wholesale to local grocery stores and specialty food markets, sell directly to customers on and off the Internet at retail prices, herbalists and aroma therapists, caterers and restaurants specializing in gourmet cooking, mail order, and several other channels.

Resources:
Herb Business Network (http://www.hbnherbs.com)
Herb Growing and Marketing Network (http://www.herbnet.com)


About the Author
Isabel Isidro is the managing editor of Power HomeBiz Guides, an online magazine designed to help home business entrepreneurs. For more information on starting a business, visit Power HomeBiz Guides at http://www.powerhomebiz.com today.

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