Ontario’s herb growers share a small but valuable niche market

Though exact figures are hard to come by, one estimate is that it is between $10 and $20 million. And research is ongoing to enlarge it


Connie Kehler, the executive director of the Saskatoon-based Canadian Herb, Spice and Natural Health Product Coalition, can take you on a tour of the entire country and tell you the strengths of each province.

For example, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick are big producers of fiddleheads. In P.E.I., it’s hawthorn berries and rose hips. In Ontario, there is a wide, hard-to-pin-down range but there is also a lot of research being done. Yet, if you want to know how many farmers are planting how many acres of what crop and earning how much from it, that information just isn’t out there.

Better Farming - December 2011