Herb Production in Organic Systems
The term “herb” is very broad—generally applied to plant species (both annuals and perennials) used for culinary, medicinal, fragrance, or certain landscaping purposes. Methods of production include forest farming, greenhouse/hoophouse, field, raised bed, hydroponic, or pot culture.
Federal regulations now control the labeling and marketing of organic products. Certification by a USDA-accredited certifier is required in order for producers and processors to display the USDA seal. ATTRA’s Organic Farm Certification and the National Organic Program provides an overview of organic certification. NCAT’s Organic Crops Workbook provides guidance for applying USDA regulations to the basic techniques and methods used in organic growing.