There has been an increasing demand for organic produce, and growing organic herbs is relatively easy. Most herbs are not picky with regard to their soil, they are pest-resistant, and they can thrive with little attention. Becoming a certified organic herb producer requires adherence to strict guidelines set forth by the USDA National Organic Program.
Growing Organic Herbs
Mix one part organic compost with two parts potting soil in a large container.
Pour each container to within 2 inches full with mixed soil. Avoid packing or settling the soil.
Using a spray bottle, water lightly--the soil will settle naturally. Avoid saturating the soil. You want the soil moist, which will allow the seeds to sprout.
Place seeds on top of the moistened soil, leaving adequate space between them. You can scatter or sprinkle them on top of the soil, but chances are you will have to thin more after seedlings emerge.
Avoid mixing different types of herbs in the same container.
Cover seeds with 1/4 inch to no more than 1/2 inch of soil.
Moisten the top soil thoroughly once again and place in a sunny location where plants are allowed to receive at least six hours of sunlight.
Monitor closely and do not allow soil to become dry. The soil must remain moist for seeds to sprout.
Water less frequently after leaves appear and plants begin to grow. Allow the top soil to dry somewhat in between watering.
Selling Organic Herbs
Decide which organic market you want to enter. Selling organic herbs as a small-scale vendor to local restaurants and fresh markets may make extra side money, while becoming a USDA certified grower will enable you to sell herbs at a higher price and the potential for significant income.
Determine demand by seeking fresh markets, restaurants, individuals and specialty shops. Ask which varieties owners buy and offer a listing of organic herbs available. Include pricing, contact information and availability.
Obtain a listing of businesses from your local chamber of commerce. Research the list to determine potential markets. Contact each one to determine an interest and/or demand.
Advertise in local papers and on the internet. When contacted, be willing to establish long-term relationships with customers. Consider offering contracts that secures business for six months to one year.
Participate in a nearby farmers market. This is perhaps one of the best ways to get your name and produce items into the commerce arena and network with other growers in the merchandising market.
Make a sign to place in your yard advertising organic herbs for sale.
About this Author
Patricia Hill is a freelance writer who contributes to several sites and organizations, including eHow, Associated Content, Break Studios and various private sectors. She also contributes to the online magazine, Orato.com.