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We love herb businesses and herbalists.  These are people who really believe that plants offer themselves for food, medicine and just about everything and we only have to learn the plants' secrets.  And often herbalists are so  involved with the plants that they need some help in showing themselves off.  So we help.  We help our members grow herbs, market herbs and herbal products and be an herbalist successfully.  We know you can help your clients.  But we all need help promoting ourselves. 

 

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This month's Featured Businesses....check them out
Get your business listed in our Herbal Green Pages and find out more about this exceptional resource tool.
 

What is the Herbalpedia?

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August, 2013

Vol 15 - Issue 2


We're in the last third of summer.  And we should have all our plans on fall and the holidays.  Hard to think about when the weather hits 90 but making plans now, makes the last quarter breeze by. 

Are you spending 30-60 minutes a day on social media? And I don't mean chatting on Facebook.  Are you making your tribe a raving fan base?  And that time can consist of finding useful information which engages your clients and shows you are an expert in your field.  Do your followers refer their friends to you?  Do you have fantastic classes lined up to engage your customers this fall?    This useful information you find not only means your have posts, but new material for classes and ideas you can use for your clients.

For people just getting into an herbal business you'll find out that the business end of your new enterprise isn't as easy as your school made it out to be.  Regulations change constantly.  Governments much rather regulate natural products because Big Pharma is more willing and able to donate to political parties.  We're into herbs because we don't feel health care should be out of reach for people. 

If you want to follow me at Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and especially LinkedIn, I try to post research and tips you can pass on to your customers. 

 

 

      

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 ***************We're got The Herbal Green Pages Online up and running.  Stop in and see what types of herbal businesses are out there.  **************

It will always be a work in process but it's useful now.  It's one of the best resource guides available and is a unique way to find herbal products.   We try to list as many herb businesses as possible.  I'm always looking for new people to add.  If you're an herb business, drop us a line and we'll tell you how to get listed.   If you have a suggestion on what you'd like to see, we'd love to hear it.   Use it now, feel free to go ahead.  It's exciting.   

         Our online publication, the Bu$iness of Herbs is one of the benefits of membership in our network.   If you'd like to sample us, we're allowing everyone to have access to 4 free issues (mixed group).  We're hoping you'll find enough material to make an impact on your business and want to join us.  Just drop me an email and we'll send you links to four of our recent issues.  Click here.   Remember, this will not tell you how to start an herb business.  You'll find that in our shop.  It's information on marketing, latest research on herbs and articles on other herb businesses.  Actually, it's a lot of info on marketing.

        We also have a listserve for herb business folk at well.  It's usually limited to association members but we've found it's a great way to help increase the networking experience for all.  So give it a shot....join us by going here and signing up.. 

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We're starting an herb business group on Google+ and if you're on there, I'll add you on and we'll have Hangouts.   I'm not an expert but it's surprising what I'm constantly learning and am quite happy to pass on.  Drop me a note  All you need to join Google+ is a gmail account.

                  
               What kind of businesses are members?  If you check out our featured businesses this month, you'll see a wide variety....growers to manufacturers to retail shops. 
              
             We're always open to comments and suggestions, so feel free to write.       
         

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  Who we are.....
The Herb Growing & Marketing Network is the largest trade association specifically for the herb industry with around 900 members in existence since 1990.  We are an information service for our members offering material on anything related to being in an herb business (except for those pesky statistics....there are no good ones so don't ask).   But that's just the beginning......click here for our online secure order form.

Featured Businesses of the Month
In order to highlight some of the unique businesses that are members of our Network, we're focusing each month on 5 unique ones.  Click here to see what sites are hot!!   This month we're showing:  Alloway Creek Garden, Alternative Nature Online Herbal, American College of Healthcare Science, Ancient Earth Wisdm, BlackKat Herbals.  For all our member businesses (and nonmembers too)......check out The Herbal Green Pages Online :-)

Have you used our Herbal Exchange?  You may find just the product you're looking for.  

 

Herbal Green Pages Online
This is just the tip of the iceberg regarding our resource guide.  Here we list all herb businesses but members have much longer listings, larger type, thumbnails of their websites and more. 

Hosted Sites
HerbWorld is fortunate in hosting several member businesses. They offer a range of herbal products, services and publications. Want to be hosted?  Click here for details and benefits.

Herb Speakers' Bureau
Are you looking for a speaker on any aspect of herbs?  Or are you a speaker looking to promote yourself.  Here's your opportunity to be seen.  Network members get a free basic listing and full page listings with pictures are available for a small annual listing fee. 

Botanical Dictionary
This dictionary contains hundreds of plants with their scientific name, common names and as many different language variations as possible.  We're always looking for more so don't hesitate to make suggestions. (Slowly being added too)

Want to start an herb business?
We have a starter package of material to get you on the right track (or scare you away depending on your optimist level)  Proceedings from the Beginners' Day program at our last four conferences along with other helpful information. Available in Adobe Acrobat for $10 (get Acrobat Reader for free at Adobe and it can't be a hotmail account) or hard copy for $20.  I personally recommend the hard copy as easier to use.  It won't get buried on your computer.

The Weather Page
The weather page allows you to check national and local weather forecasts.

Herbal Exchange
Herbal classifieds covering everything you could want...plants and seeds, dried material, businesses for sale, help wanted, body care products, new medicinals...you name it, we've got it.  These classifieds are free to members of the network and a nominal cost to nonmembers.

Care to chat?
We have a continual discussion group going on herbal items.....mostly medicinal right now but if enough people are interested we'll establish them for separate categories...cooking, gardening, etc..

Herb Trade
This is an area we're working on that will be a shopping area for both wholesale and retail products.  If you'd like to display your products here drop us a line.  Prices are reasonable

Comments & Suggestions Click here to give us feedback on the site.....suggestions that would be helpful to you, problems with navigation, things like that. Please don't ask health related questions here....they should go on the bulletin board.

 

Herb Associations
Our directory provides listings for all herb related organizations, associations and societies.  If your group would like to be listed, let us know.  No charge and the listing also goes into The Herbal Green Pages.

Herb Press
Herb Press lists all publications related to the industry that are available by subscription....from major to newsletter.  No charge for the listing and also listed in The Herbal Green Pages.  Please contact us with your listing.  Herb books are also reviewed here.

Herbal Business Publications
We publish a series of conference proceedings that offer all that technical information on production and marketing that's so hard to find.  These are the papers presented by the speakers at our annual conferences.  For a listing of topics, click above. To actually order them go to our online order form

Herb University
Interested in schools, correspondence courses, apprenticeship programs that focus on herbs?  Check them out here.  And if you have a school/course (not classes...those are in the calendar section) drop us a note.

Calendar of Herbal Events
The Calendar of Herbal Events lists as many happenings and classes as we can find by location.  If you or your group are planning an event please notify us and it will be included.  No charge for this service.

Herb Source
Looking for specific plants and seeds?  Don't feel like searching through every catalogue?  This is the place.  We list by Latin name and common and who's selling them.  There is a charge to have your listing here but it's nominal.

Conferences - 
They were wonderful, but for now they are on hold since people don't have the funds to take off for 3 days.  If you are interested, write.  I'd love to have them again.
We'll let you know......

Potpourri
Where do I find....?  Here are all the great links to sites that are predominately informational....we constantly add and update but when you need information on anything from homeopathy to Ayurvedic....or you can't find Jim Duke's data base....or want to find Michael Moore's material.....check us out....we've got it.  If you've got a site to recommend, please let us know....but this is for strictly informational sites.

Herb Gardens
If you're a traveling type you'll want to check out these herb gardens that are open to the public...not only botanical gardens and arboretum but private ones as well.  And if your garden is open to view, drop us a note with a brief description.

  Herbalpedia(TM)
It's the 2013 edition of our  Herbalpedia CD.  This edition includes 2750 in depth profiles that include everything we can find on the subject: cultivation, history, culinary/medicinal/aromatherapy uses; recipes of all types along with color photos to make identification easier.   Our aim is to increase your knowledge and awareness of our green relations as well as increase your culinary and healing skills.  It comes in Adobe Acrobat PDF format and you can download the Acrobat Reader software for free from Adobe.  The disk is $80US and if you reorder each year, updated CDs are half price. They'll include at least 100 new profiles and any additions or changes to the old ones.  Profiles range from 2-10 pages depending on the plant.  Check out our Elderberry profile (2013 Herb of the Year).  And if you want to see our what's included, we've got an extensive list.   Order online



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