Herb Production & Processing for Business

Are you interested in agriculture, specifically the production of herbs?  The herb industry is larger and more diverse than what people might imagine. The perfume industry uses oils that are obtained from herbs to make perfumes. The pharmaceutical industry derives significant raw product from herbs, and the food industry obtains flavourings of all types from herbs. Even the mint that flavours our tooth paste comes from herbs. There are many alternative therapies that attribute medicinal properties to plants – aromatherapy, flower therapy, herbal medicine, to name but a few.

Learn how to grow your own herbs or how to use these valuable plants more diversely, from cooking and medicinal herbs to aromatherapy and herb processing, this course will give you all these. You will learn how to grow, harvest and use herbs for personal enjoyment in cooking, crafts or therapies and then go on to develop these skills for business purposes.

This course is designed for people who are involved, or wanting to become involved in the business of herbs. It covers less horticulture and is focused more strongly on herbs. It is more appropriate for the small business operator who not only grows herbs but also harvests and value adds (eg. perhaps producing herbal products like body and hair creams, etc). It is ideal for anyone wanting to make a serious business or career from herbs as: a herb grower (producing dried herbs, herbal oils, fresh cut herbs, etc); a herb manufacturer (growing and/or producing herb products -edible, culinary or aromatic); a herb marketer (eg. herb shop owner, herb product distributor); a herb nursery proprietor; and a landscape designer or contractor, specialising in herb gardens.

Learn about Herb Production and Use

Most people who grow herbs, are likely to be self-employed. Whether you plan to begin on a modest scale in your back yard or to make a substantial investment, careful forethought is needed.  The herb industry is larger than just the growing of herbs though. Marketing, processing and manufacturing are all involved in aspects of this industry as well. Consider the perfume industry alone.

This course deals with all the points that need to be considered before you start; stressing at every stage the various decisions which should be taken to avoid problems later on.

This course not only multiplies your chances of success, but aims to give you a foundation from which to build proper and appropriate knowledge, skills and business contacts; that will serve you for many years to come.

Course Structure and Content:

1. Practical Skills Training:

This part of the course is offered to give students all of the practical skills required to grow and produce herbs and herbal products to a high standard and of saleable quality.

Students will learn the following:

Introduction and overview of Herb Varieties

  • Herb Propagation Techniques
  • Pests & Disease Control
  • Harvesting Herbs
  • Preserving Herbs
  • Processing Herbs -Using Herbs for cooking & medicinal purposes
  • Herb Farming
  • Producing herbal products such as creams and ointments


2. Business Skills Training:

This part of the course will take students through the necessary steps to turn their Herb production and processing into a business. A very dynamic and practical approach is used to give students the maximum hands on experience as they develop their own individual, business plan. Students are given the opportunity to explore and develop their own networks. Students will learn the following:

  • How to start my business
  • Assets, Stocks, Cash and Credit
  • Balance Sheet
  • Quality and Value Add
  • Marketing My Product
  • Production, Sales and Costs
  • Income Statement
  • Managing Cash Flow
  • Growing My Business

Course Duration: 5 days

Monday to Friday from 8.30am-4pm

Course Cost: R1200

Included in the Course Fees:

  • Herb Seedlings and Products made during the course
  • personal manual
  • 4 hours of private business coaching once the course is completed
  • certificate of completion
  • membership to the Green Business College
  • tea and coffee at break

What is not included in the course fees?

  • snacks, lunch and drinks (other than tea,coffee and water)
  • transport to and from college
  • stationary and pens for writing

What to bring:

  • notebook and pen for note-taking
  • food and drinks (other than tea,coffee and water)
  • entrepreneurial spirit and lots of energy! 🙂