UMES Extension: Spring Herb Webinar Series

UMES Extension: Spring Herb Webinar Series

Photos by Todd Dudek

With this webinar series, Henriette den Ouden teaches herb growers and future herb growers how to grow and process herbs.

About this event

Have you ever considered growing specialty herbs? Then, this series is for you. With four webinars and one field day, we will focus on much of what you need to know to be successful as an herb farmer.

Participants in the series will be able to consult with our herb specialist after each webinar. And, the series will continue after the field day with monthly webinars that offer additional information.

The webinars will take place from 12:00pm to 1:00pm, with an additional 15 minutes for questions and discussion.


Henriette den Ouden, Specialty Herbs Consultant, UMES Extension Small Farm Program

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WEBINAR DATES (and what to expect):

March 2 | Webinar I: Timing is EVERYTHING

Create a yearlong planner; know when to plant seeds, plugs or roots; know when to plant cover crops and when to improve your soil.

What to do next? Plant early seeds such as skullcap or chamomile and prepare your soil.

Examples of marketable, early herbs and receive a cost/profit estimate.

March 16 | Webinar II: Cover Crops and Growing Roots

Choosing cover crops for your specialty herb farm/garden.

Starting, growing, and harvesting a root crop. How to prepare your soil.

Examples of marketable roots and a cost/profit estimate.

March 30 | Webinar III: Leafy Herbs and Flowers

Starting, growing, and harvesting flowers and/or leaves.

How to prepare your soil for growing and harvesting.

Examples of marketable flowers and leaves and a cost/profit estimate.

April 13 | Webinar IV: Processing Roots, Leaves and Flowers from Harvest to Value-added Product.

How to process roots, leaves and flowers from harvest to value-added product and what you need to know to meet food safety and processing regulations.

Examples of marketable, added-value products.

April 30 | Field Day: Get Your Hands Dirty!

The UMES herb garden grows around 20 different herbs. Some are ready for smelling and tasting; others are still in their seedling phase. It is your chance to get guidance in a real herb farm setting, see an example of a design and participate in planting and seeding.

We will talk about the tools you need and how to use them, soil improvement and product making. Further details will be shared later. We promise it will be fun and tasty!

This field day is reserved for the series’ participants only.

Note: Monthly webinars that offer in depth information, answer questions that come up, facilitate discussion and share results will follow.



If you are in need of any special accommodations, contact Henriette den Ouden by Wednesday, February 23.


Henriette den Ouden; UMES Small Farm Program, at


University of Maryland Eastern Shore Extension programs are open to all citizens without regard to race, color, gender, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, or national origin.

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