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Have you ever dreamed of selling your herbs and crafts? Stop dreaming and start reading! In Growing Your Herb Business, Bertha Reppert shares the story of how she launched The Rosemary House, a Pennsylvania herb and spice shop in business for more than 25 years. In addition, Reppert details the experiences of 50 other herb business owners from across the country.

She explains how to:

-- determine a start-up budget

-- select a suitable location

-- build and track inventory

-- develop marketing strategies

Bertha Reppert shares her secrets for developing a broad range of herbal products. Growing Your Herb Business also includes imaginative ideas for effective packaging, hosting special events, and seasonal promotions. Reppert even suggests methods for expanding your business through wholesaling, mail order catalog sales, and newsletters.

About the Author

Author Bertha Reppert was the founder and owner of The Rosemary House, Inc., a well known herb and spice shop located in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, since 1968. Her book Growing Your Herb Business was based on over 25 years of experience at The Rosemary House purveying herbs and spices, and it captures her dream of turning a hobby into a profitable business. Bertha was an instructor for an Herbs 101 course at a Pennsylvania Community College, was a contributing editor to The Herb Quarterly, and wrote for The New York Times and Rodale's Organic Gardening as well. She was the first honorary member of the Heartland Herb Society Group, a member of the Herb Society of America, President Emeritus of the Penn-Cumberland Garden Club, and life member of the Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania, among many others. After she retired, Bertha wrote, taught, and lectured on her experience. Bertha was born in Reading, Pennsylvania. She was married for 47 years to her husband, Byron, who was former mayor of Mechanicsburg. They had four daughters. Bertha passed away in June of 1999 at the age of 83.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (January 7, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0882666126
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882666129
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #354,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of the nicest sources for creative selling that I have read. It is packed with so many motivating, and unique ideas from what to grow, and how to sell it. The author seems to be a very experienced herbalist. I can't wait till my garden grows so I can put some of her ideas into action. If you are first starting an herb business, this is a great one to read.
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Most herbal stores will not have this book. Why? Because it is to good!!!!! Your finger will be on the pulse of the Herb business when you read this book. It has everything from bookeeping and permitting to actual growing and stocking your store or business. Read this and you can not fail.
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As a amateur herb enthusist, I purchased this book and even with my limited time and sometimes limited concentration level I was unable to put this book down. I was able to take a number of Bertha's ideas and suggestions and implimented them on a small scale and with wonderful results. I feel this book and it's author is a asset to the gardening community.
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"Growing Your Herb Business" is a quick, chatty read consisting of herb talk (25%) and business talk (75%). I loved the anecdotal information about different herbal start-up businesses, even though much of it sounded like ad copy, and when the author got to talking about herbs, it was like chatting with an old neighbor over the fence:

"My Aunt Bertha went to her grave with jet black hair thanks to the sage dye bath she boiled in an old iron skillet. I tried her trick and, by Jove, it also cleans the skillet."

Thanks to this book, I now know why my rosemary topiaries keep dying, how to plant mint so it doesn't take over the whole garden plot, and how to start tarragon (NOT from seed).

Do not expect too much detail about herbs--only the top thirteen (a baker's dozen) are discussed in any detail. There's also none of that fuzzy New Age business about cutting veronica in the dark of the moon and putting in your true love's mead. This author is primarily a businesswoman:

"'Oh Rosetta,' I protested, 'you'll never make money this way.' 'But I'm so happy,' was the soft reply."

Rosetta didn't have a business plan, didn't pay attention to marketing her product, labeling her herbs, and restocking them. Basically, she had a hobby that she enjoyed, not a business.

This book has got literally hundreds of tips on how to make your herbal business a success. If you just grow herbs for your own enjoyment, Bertha and her friends still have a lot of great information for you in this book. You might even want to try boiling a few sage leaves in your skillet after you read it.
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I am thinking about starting a business with herbs. This book has been easy to read and understand. It was full of information that will let me contact other people for further information. The book was also full of titles of other books that were equaly a good.

I would recommend this book to anyone starting a business.
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The author clearly demonstrates her early years of establishing her herb business and shares with us what has worked for her and what has not. It is a lessons learned oriented view point. She offers guidelines, stories of others who have started their herb businesses, samples of worksheets, tax considerations and many other practical elements that are worth noting when looking to start a herb business. This book is definitely a keeper and to have as a reference material.
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Growing Your Herb Business will provide you with tons of ideas on products you can make and services you can offer to earn a living growing and selling herbs, herbal products, and herbal knowledge.

Bertha Reppert shares her list of 13 most-popular herbs to start with, and provides information on finding your niche, determining startup costs, selecting a sales location, pricing and packaging your products, controlling inventory, paying taxes, hiring staff, preparing for holiday sales, selling retail and wholesale, wholesale purchasing, planning events, marketing and more.

Throughout the book you'll read 50 stories about others who are successfully earning a living from their passion with herbs. While these stories are indeed inspirational, they are too short, and after a while they all started to sound the same. There's also a chapter that includes 50 profitable product ideas, some which seem to overlap. An Appendix includes a few resources, newsletters, wholesalers, product suppliers and a list of addresses for all the businesses in the 50 stories.

But these are minor complaints. I'm sure that after reading Growing Your Herb Business, you'll have more ideas than you'll know what to do with. This is a great book for stimulating creativity. Recommended.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the publisher.
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By SweetPea on September 26, 2013
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This is a very good book, and it is also very detailed. I look forward to reading it again. It is full of awesome ideas from a lady who was very successful. I know some things have changed since she wrote this book some time ago, but it is still good sound business advise, and the business she started is still going strong today with the principles she taught her children.... Enough said!
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