Growing and Selling Fresh Organic Herbs

Question: Dear Luise: I was thinking about starting a very small cottage industry growing fresh organic herbs for the little family grocery store in my neighborhood. I am at a loss where to start. I know natural whole herbs are in demand, and I would love to supply people in my area, but I fear that I would be starting a business that would invite a lot of complicated paperwork to certify that I’m organic. I know you are not probably up on starting a business such as this. Guess I was just looking for some support, or ideas on how to keep this simple for me and still provide a benefit to those in my community. I get caught up in how to do something sometimes and never get anything done. Regards, Mel

Answer: Dear Mel: Getting caught up in how to proceed with growing and selling fresh organic herbs for fun and profit, (or hard work and profit), is a very good way to begin. The more you learn, the greater your chance of success. You can circumvent a lot of serious errors by talking with others who have done the same thing, and also reading what they have written about their experiences. Get as much information as you can in advance.

I assume that you have a green thumb and are currently growing your own natural whole herbs for your personal use. I must tell you that I don’t know anyone who does it for a business. My daughter grows them for herself and I sometimes get the overflow, but that’s very different. Have you talked with your local grocer about your interest in supplying him with herbal energy boosters? Why not get his take on it? There is also the possibility of creating a client list and delivering or of having a stand at your home if that’s legal where you live!

I have found a book for you at: http://homeharvest.com/incomegardeningbooks.htm . The title of the book is “Herbs For Sale” by Sturdivant. The above URL is a Home Harvest Garden Supply web site. I would be devouring that kind of data if I wanted to do what you have in mind.

You can read frequently asked questions at: http://www.freshcutherbs.com/faq.htm on the subject of Growing and Selling Fresh Cut Herbs. Sandie Shores has created that web site and answers questions, as I understand it.

So that’s my advice in a nutshell regarding growing and selling fresh organic herbs. If my interest lay there, I’d spend a lot of time studying up on it first. Blessings, Luise

4 Responses to Growing and Selling Fresh Organic Herbs

  1. Sandie April 5, 2006 at 3:47 pm #

    Hello, Luise –

    I found your site on Google since I, Sandie Shores, am listed on their search engine. Thank you for mentioning my web site to the person who wanted information about growing herbs to sell. I am the author of the only comprehensive book that teaches how to enter this business and be profitable in growing and selling fresh-cut herbs. My book is published by Ball Publishing (a division of the huge Ball Horticulture company). This is a “business” book.

    Thanks again, and your site is very wonderful!

    Be well!
    Sandie

  2. Gwen Hall June 16, 2006 at 4:50 pm #

    I will be looking up the links you give in this website. I am thinking of starting a small business in my community as something for my adult autistic son to take an interest in and would like to expand it so that other adult developmentally disabled people can possibly take part in. It is difficult to find things for them to do during the day and I thought this might be something I would try. I will certainly read everything I can before going any further with the idea. Thanks for the information.

  3. Luise June 24, 2006 at 10:59 am #

    Dear Gwen: I think you may be onto something here. What a great idea for your son. The book I mentioned is very comprehensive and easy to follow. A one-of-a-kind for this specific hobby. Creating something engrossing as well as profitable might be a deeply rewarding project for the two of you to share.
    Blessings, Luise

  4. A. February 17, 2010 at 2:20 pm #

    Hi! My comment is for the person Mel, who wants to grow and sell organic herbs, I grow my own organic herbs for my family as well as my business. I too am growing and selling my organic herbs. In my Oregon coast town I have a co-op store where I can take my herbs and vegetables to sell. Maybe look into that as well as maybe just set up a sale like a yard sale and see what happens. No matter what you decide to do just start! That is your biggest leap is just starting. I do believe that you will be surprised of the outcome. Email me if you like. Angela: latourgardens@yahoo.com

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