Cultivation of officinal plants, a practice to be interested in and dedicate oneself to, as a hobby, of course, but also as a profession. It is a world to be discovered and not dismissed as if it were a simple sector in which you can operate by remembering grandmother's advice or hearsay. That's why, whoever plans to delve into the Cultivation of officinal plants it is better that you follow a professional ad hoc course, letting yourself be intrigued from a good text but not staying to leaf through the pages dreaming with open eyes.
Officinal plants: what they are
Before understanding if we are interested in dedicating ourselves totally or part time to Cultivation of officinal plants let's learn what they are. When we talk about medicinal plants, or herbs, we mean those elements that have always been present in nature that boast healing properties "by nature". If they were people they would have "a natural talent".
Man has been studying them since ancient times: today we also have the option of drugs but once they were the only effective remedy against diseases. Also there Cultivation of officinal plants has its own history and it is not recent, the apothecary in the workshop worked them by extracting precious essential oils, or perfumes, herbal teas and "medicines". Obviously natural. Based on the definition given by the WHO, we can include those containing substances used in this category of plants for therapeutic or curative purposes.
Cultivation of officinal plants: a good starting text for hobbyists
For who starts from ABC, a softer approach is better to test if it is a passing trend or a real interest, even professional. I don't want to slice anyone's legs, but there Cultivation of officinal plants it is a practice that requires passion and patience. Better to browse through an interesting text like this handbook of officinal plants, available on Amazon for 7.57 euros, to lay the foundations. And then, cultivate them, together with the plants.
Cultivation of officinal plants: a professional course dedicated to farmers
October and November are the months in which the opportunity must be taken to seriously learn the art of Cultivation of officinal plants, in Rome. On 8/9 and 22/23 October, 5/6 November and 19/20 November there is a course for those who see this discipline as a professional possibility, to register and participate it is better to have a minimum preparation basic on agricultural issues why the themes and the level of teaching it has not been designed for hobbyists or simple enthusiasts.
It is a "Introductory course to the cultivation and transformation of medicinal plants", It is perfect for farmers who intend to deal with this type of production because it provides them withABC for the cultivation of medicinal plants and their first transformation of medicinal plants. Even if you are already dealing with these plants by participating in the course you will be able to update yourself on a double front, the technical side and the “business” side.
Introductory course to the cultivation and transformation of medicinal plants: objectives
Once it is clear who can sit between the desks, let's move on to the objectives of the course Cultivation of officinal plants. The participating agricultural and professional operators will come out with a very rich experiential baggage regarding production, in view of a complete supply chain project.
To organize it is FIPPO but it is not necessary to be a member to participate, during the Roman and officinal days the students will be shown the possible production chains so that it is then possible to build a project that fits perfectly on what is our reality and our inclinations.
Sure in speaking of FIPPO officinal plants cultivation he is not silent on the critical points to be addressed, on the contrary, he will make sure to provide answers and suggestions so that, after the course, you have an extra gear.
Introductory course to the cultivation and transformation of medicinal plants: structure of the course and topics covered
In 4 modules of 16 hours each, distributed as anticipated, on 4 weekends between October and November, the FIPPO course covers all the topics that may be of interest to a professional of Cultivation of officinal plants or who is about to become one.
In the first module you begin to explore the world of medicinal plants (definition, numbers, diffusion, geography, uses) then taking a closer look at some forest products (buds, berries, resins, fruits, leaves, barks) and studying medicinal plants as agricultural plants, learning the factors that affect quality , the practices of mechanization and those for the fight against weeds.
The second module is dedicated to the corporate transformation of medicinal plants and dried herbs with an interesting focus on innovative processing models and a few hours on essential oils. Moving on to the third weekend, those who attend the course will be able to hear the best ways to access the market and business development as a start-up.
In the same module he will also talk about business plan development, market approach and product placement strategies. And then, always more pragmatically, how to promote the product on sales channels. The topic of the last weekend of Medicinal Plants Cultivation is that of the quality of the herbs, also in terms of safety, so we will talk about regulations, pharmacognostic and organoleptic criteria. Finally, some notions about herbal teas and extracts for liqueur use.
Introductory course to the cultivation and transformation of medicinal plants: teachers
Interesting topics, but the quality of the course depends a lot on who teaches them, because you don't improvise as experts in Cultivation of Medicinal Plants. THE teachers of FIPPO they are all technicians and experts in the sector and you can check it for yourself, here are the names.
Andrea Primavera, agronomist expert in the production of medicinal plants, Marco Valussi, herbalist, expert in distillation and essential oils, Valeria Lugani agronomist expert in the production of medicinal plants, Matteo Cacciaglia, expert agronomist in the design of irrigation systems, Isabella Gambini, professor, communication and sales expert, Laura Ederle, herbalist, formulation expert, editor of the InHerba website. For more information on the course, to know its details and costs, visit the website of FIPPO.
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