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How to sell your organic vegetables and herbs

Updated on July 8, 2012

Growing and selling organically can be easy!

Growing and selling organically isn't as complicated as you think. I buy organic seeds. I reuse my seeds every year I save some seeds from the best plants I grew that year for next year. That way I am raising the best quality plants. I also save seeds from plants that produced the best too. I have put some great tips on organic growing and links to how to get started selling your stuff!

What is organic gardening?

The ofpa, Organic Foods Production Act has loads of information about going organic. Essentially gardening without synthetic fertilizers and pesticides and only organic fertilizer from organic animals or organic compost. Raising animals without drugs or chemicals, growth hormones or antibiotics. There is a USDA National Organic program too.

1. You cannot use pesticides in your garden. The alternative is to have chickens around to eat the bugs, spray your plants with water in the morning and wash off any would be bugs. spiders and frogs are you friends in a garden, they eat bugs too. Usually while I am watering, I let a couple chickens in the garden to eat the bugs while I am there, so I can make sure they don't eat the garden stuff and then let them out. Works like a charm.

2. Cover crops and green manures and composting, like hamster and rabbit you can use immediately, use leftover veggie scraps and foods (no meats or fats)

3. Renewable resources, water conservation and composting.

The Next step is to....start selling at the Saturday market!!

You can also sell plants on Craigslist to people in your City.

But you can get certified wit the NOP National Orgainc program. Once you are certified you can sell to restaurants and other places like nursing homes and assisted living facilities, country fairs and Saturday markets to the public, you can even produce products for the stores.

In Oregon if you arent selling more than five thousand dollars a year you don't have to be certified. It cost 250.00 for the original certification. Plus an annual renewal fee of 100.00 once a year they come out during growing season and inspect the place. The laws are changing all the time so be sure to check out what it is for your state and local governments.


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    Mindy 5 years ago from Cottage Grove, Oregon

    Thank you all so much! This was a fun hub to put together, many people don't realize how easy it is to grow a garden. I have a few ideas for some more hubs on gardening & another idea for you! Call your local foster homes and assisted living and ask if they need produce, especially the activities director, we love to buy corn for our residents to schuck!! Sometimes donating a few items might get you in the door so to speak. Good Luck!

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    Mindy 6 years ago from Cottage Grove, Oregon

    Thank you its getting time to plant your herbs and peas and spring salads!! :)

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    Suzanne Sheffield 6 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

    Very interesting hub. I grow everything organically, the birds eat the squash bugs, and the environment has killed everything else.

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    Sherry Duffy 6 years ago from Here. There. Everywhere. Currently: Portland, OR

    Thank you for writing this! It was very informative and inspiring!

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    Mindy 6 years ago from Cottage Grove, Oregon

    Thank you Ann, that sounds like a great idea, community gardens are really fun! The school set one up locally and people pay 20.00 per plot.

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    Mindy 6 years ago from Cottage Grove, Oregon

    Thank you Gary, Best of luck to you!

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    Mindy 6 years ago from Cottage Grove, Oregon

    Thank you! We also have a dog that scares anything away at night that might want to creep in the garden and eat. They are really good at scaring off deer. Aphids are what gets me so I spray them with water and the soap on a stick seems to help too.

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    Ann 6 years ago

    Thank you for this information so very much. I have a 1 acre vegetable garden and raised beds and a 50 foot greehouse. I have been wanted to make a market here on our property. Im calling the county to see if anyone would be interseted, and if anyone is I'll send letters to the farmers in this county. And then... ? LOL One step at a time, right?

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    Ruth R. Martin 6 years ago from Everywhere Online ~ Fingerlakes ~ Upstate New York

    Hi -

    I find your article interesting, as we have been organic growers for a few years now. It is only recently, however, that we started raising organic things to sell. My husband is the more active gardener between us, and his latest and largest project is growing organic garlic to sell. He put in over 2,000 bulbs in fall, and now is anxiously awaiting spring to see how his first planting survived the winter :)

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    Deborah-Diane 6 years ago from Orange County, California

    We grow our own organic oranges and lemons. I'll have to spread out to more produce soon!

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    Gary Rowell 6 years ago from Florida,USA

    This is a great hub. I like to grow organic and Im thinking about growing much more soon. Thanks for the information!

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    Annie Fenn 6 years ago from Australia

    I am growing vegetables organically and rarely buy seed as like you I save seed for next years crops. My biggest problem is pests. I have made both garlic and chilli sprays but they don't work on all pests. It is a small problem however because just having chemical free, fresh produce is wonderful. Great hub with useful information. Thank you.