By: Lilian Schaer
Published: Alberta Farmer, Oct 18, 2013

photo credit: Kathleen Farley

There may be opportunities for Ontario farmers to grow medicinal and culinary herbs, as well as other non-traditional crops, for the health market — but the first step is determining whether it’s possible to grow these crops in Ontario.

That step was the basis of a Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)-led project at the research station at Simcoe.
“We knew there were a lot of questions about different herbs that people might want to grow, but there’s not a lot of information available,” says Sean Westerveld, ginseng and medical herbs specialist with OMAFRA. “We wanted to showcase the challenges and opportunities and show different principles of herb production through this project.”
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