Connie Kehler, Executive Director, Saskatchewan Herb and Spice Association feels that across the country and around the world, the herb, spice and natural health product industry is developing from the field to the shelf. Along the way, states Connie, are critical factors such as production education, regulations, business development, relationship building between partners up and down the value chain, research, marketing, discovery and public acceptance.
Ontario's herb industry stakeholders have an opportunity to play a key role in the development of the Canadian industry. By working together provincially, Ontario based businesses, suppliers and growers can take advantage of opportunities designed for the herb industry. They can address critical factors such as producer education, research and marketing as well as identifying barriers to market expansion. There are new laws and regulations affecting the herb and spice industry in Canada. A provincial organization could help facilitate keeping industry partners well informed of new legislation.
Ontario herb growers, producers, manufacturers, wildcrafters, and interested stakeholders are being extended an invitation to attend an inaugural meeting, opening for discussion, the topics and issues relative to the herb industry within the province. Efforts being undertaken to establish a new association will be presented and members of the industry are invited to share their ideas and expectations of a new professional association representing their interests.
The evening meeting will be held in Guelph, Ontario on February 17th in conjunction with the National Herb and Spice Conference and Trade Show. The conference, which is being held February 17th-19th at the University of Guelph, will seek to address industry issues ensuring Canada's strong role in this very important industry.
"Our industry members will find that the location and timing of this inaugural meeting allows them to take in the conference activities during their visit to Guelph, making it a worthwhile and productive session" explains Ontario Herb Growers and Marketers Initiative Project Coordinator, Janette Oliver-Rodgers. "This is an exciting time to have the premier National Herb and Spice Conference hosted here in Ontario. The opportunities for networking and to advance our knowledge in an industry that is constantly developing are in abundance." The Ontario Herb Growers and Marketers Initiative Project has been made possible through funding from the CanAdapt Small Projects Initiative.
For more information about this meeting, or any of the conference activities, please call Janette Oliver-Rodgers at 705-793-3276 or email info@OntarioHerbs.com. Visit the new website at: www.ontarioherbs.com