Medicinal Farming
Answered by: Conrad Richter
Question from: Gurdip Gill
Posted on: August 7, 2001

I have been involved in our family blueberry farming for the last 22 years and am looking to do something different. I do have a day job as a service technician and would like to purchase acreage on which I can grow herbs or do organic farming etc.

I need to get information as to whether this is the right business for me and what prerequisites ar required to get started. I am interested in your herb farming workshop on Oct. 6. It looks like you cover organic farming and medicinal farming etc. Does your workshop cover the initial investment required to get started and what the ongoing expenses are and who to sell the product to? Do we need to register first etc.? Will this be the right workshop for me to attend?

The workshop will cover investment required, marketing, etc. but it will not be a complete plan from start to finish. Rather it will attempt to cover selected topics that are essential for herb farmers. It will, however, serve as an excellent basis for making a decision on whether or not to enter this business. We anticipate that some of the attendees will be just like you: thinking about getting started but not sure.

Richard Alan Miller is the foremost authority on herb farming. His knowledge of the industry is extends to all aspects of herb farming from crop selection, equipment requirements, to harvesting, processing and marketing. His work as a herbs broker specializing in organic and wildcrafted herbs gives him an inside edge on herb sales trends.

Do I need to get soil tests done before I buy the land because I am looking to purchase property soon? Please let me know how much space is left in your workshop as I am very interested in attending.

Soil tests are important because some herbs have specific soil requirements. To grow the widest range, thereby giving you the widest market flexibility, you you should choose land with middle range pH, good drainage and good fertility. If you are growing root crops it is best to avoid heavy clay soils. But other crops require wet conditions, richer, heavier soil. Again, this workshop will help you. Because the worshop is being kept small there will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions particular to your situation.

As of the beginning of August, there are about 20 spaces left, but we expect those to fill well before the workshop date.

I was very pleased about your website as it provides alot of information. Your feedback section is also very impressive as it shows that customers are very happy with your product.

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