Wholesaling organic freshcut herbs

It is now customary for supermarkets to charge produce vendors slotting fees for shelf space. In addition, vendors may be asked for advertising and promotion allowances that can add up to thousands of dollars. There has been tremendous consolidation in the retail food sector in recent years, emphasizing economies of scale. Few independent grocers exist who can make their own decisions on stocking local produce chains stock their retail stores from regional warehouses, where volume and price...

Production scheduling

An important factor to keep in mind when scheduling plant production is not only how long it will take the plants to grow but also how long it will take them to be sold and moved out of your sales or production area. Other important questions include what plant species to grow, how much space is needed, and whether the plants will be grown from seeds or cuttings. If cuttings are to be used, space will be needed for the mother plants, and a mist chamber may be necessary. Most herbs will need 6...

Insects

Whiteflies, aphids, fungus gnats, spider mites, and thrips are the major insect pests affecting herbs. 8 ATTRA's series of greenhouse IPM publications includes general and specific information on managing these pests. Very few herb crops have either natural or synthetic pesticides labeled for their use, mostly because herbs are considered a minor or specialty crop. Biorational pesticides registered for use on herbs include neem, insecticidal soap, horticultural oil, pyrethrins, Streptomyces...

Books Directories

Brester, Gary, Kole Swanser, and Tim Watts. 2002. Market Opportunities and Strategic Directions for Specialty Herbs and Essential Oil Crops in Montana. Prepared for the Montana Department of Agriculture and USDA Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program. Watts amp Associates, Billings, MT. 64 p. Coleman, Eliot. 1999. Four Season Harvest. Chelsea Green, White River Junction, VT. 234 p. Inspired by Scott and Helen Nearing's garden in the late 1960s and based on the author's success with...

Growing media

Although it can be done, few herbs are raised in soil inside greenhouses. More often, they are raised in a soilless medium. Some farmers' markets now require this. Certified organic greenhouse-grown herbs must be raised in a certified organic potting mix. Commercial potting mixes typically contain wetting agents and synthetic fertilizers and are not allowable, requiring organic growers either to mix their own or to purchase a certified organic mix. See the ATTRA publication Potting Mixes for...

Herbs Organic ATTra Greenhouse Production

Herbs Marketing

A Publication of ATTRA - National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service 1-800-346-9140 www.attra.ncat.org By Katherine L. Adam NCAT Agriculture Specialist NCAT 2005 Integrated Pest Management IPM 11 ATTRA - National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service is managed by the National Center for Appropriate Technology NCAT and is funded under a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture's Rural Business-Cooperative Service. Visit the NCAT Web site www.ncat.org agri. html for...

Propagation Material

Herbs intended for fresh-cut sales are started either from seed or by a species-appropriate vegetative method often as plugs then grown out in bags of growing medium or in a hydroponic system. For information on the propagation method for a specific herb, see Table 1. For more information on organic plug production, see the ATTRA publications Plug and Transplant Production for Organic Systems and Potting Mixes for Certified Organic Production. Organically grown seed of all types is currently in...

Practices specific to herb production

Greenhouse production methods for herbs are similar to those for greenhouse-grown vegetables. There are some practices, however, that are specific to herb production. Fertility and irrigation, for example, must be managed somewhat differently. Too much water or fertilizer may result in poor establishment of slow-growing seedlings or semi-woody cuttings, excessive growth of species with rapid growth rates, or lower essential oil content, resulting in diminished aroma or culinary value. 10...

Industry overview

Potted Herbs For Sale

New producers interested in the organic greenhouse herb business should take the following into consideration. The organic premium in wholesale markets seems to be running about 33 . However, the market is segmented to such a degree that direct-marketed fresh-cuts can bring an organic premium of 400 or more. USDA Agricultural Marketing Service USDA AMS reports weekly wholesale prices for conventionally grown culinary herbs at 18 U.S. terminal produce markets. See www.ams.usda.gov. The Web site...