Medicinal and Culinary Herbs


Do you want to grow, market or learn more about herbs? Discover new varieties, cultivation techniques, sources of market information and herb lore.

Organic Gardening: A Guide to Resources. 1989-September 2003

USDA. NAL. Alternative Farming Systems Information Center.

Intended for organic gardeners and small-scale organic farmers. Discusses gardening techniques, plant varieties, geographic locations and philosophies. Addresses landscaping, soil fertility, edible plants, ornamental plants, pest control and various aspects of an "organic lifestyle." Updates Organic Gardening, a guide to resources published before 1989.

Horticultural Crops

National Center for Appropriate Technology. ATTRA - National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service.

Production and marketing information for herbs, edible flowers and specialty cut flowers is available under the Herbs and Flowers section.

Herbs Directory

Penn State University. College of Agricultural Sciences.

Basic cultivation and culinary information for herbs searchable by use, plant type and plant family.

Horticulture Information Leaflets: Commercial Specialty Crops

North Carolina State University. Cooperative Extension Service; North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Cooperative Extension Service.

A set of publications covering production information about and sources of basil, caraway, chives, ginseng, goldenseal, lemon balm, luffa, ramps and shiitake.

Medicinal Herbs for Commerce Project

North Carolina State University. College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Business planning information for farmers exploring the economic feasibility of medicinal herb production.

Flowers and Herbs

Oregon State University. Oregon Small Farms.

Source of information about the production of culinary, medicinal, aromatic and ornamental herbs and flowers.

Henriette's Herbal Homepage

Kress, H.

Gives information on growing, harvesting, gardening with and using herbs. Also provides photographs, discussion forums, full text of classic herbal works and extensive links.

Fruit and Vegetable Market News: Herbs

USDA. Agricultural Marketing Service.

Provides wholesale prices for a variety of culinary herbs on a regional basis by commodity. Data is available in text format only for herbs in the Wholesale (Terminal) Market Price Reports by location.

Southwest School of Botanical Medicine

A large collection of materials compiled by school director, Michael Moore, including instructional materials, plant images and many historic documents available in full-text online such as Fenner's Complete Formulary and Handbook (1888), The Dispensatory of the USA, 20th Edition (1918) and those on topics such as eclectic medicine, materia medica, pharmaceuticals, herb production, Thomsonian medicine, ethnobotany and traditional plant uses.


American Botanical Council.

Provides science-based research on medicinal properties and uses of herbs. Some information will be of interest to herb growers.