Organic herbs: another hotspot for green jobs?

Unemployment’s still high, jobs are scarce, and companies are holding on to their cash… that’s the narrative we’re hearing constantly. Don’t tell that to the folks at Shenandoah Growers in Harrisonburg, Virginia, though. A major supplier of organically-grown herbs to East Coast retailers, the company just opened a $3 million greenhouse for year-round production of “USDA-certified organic basil, thyme, sage, rosemary and other herbs.”

That’s good news for the company, and reflects a growing demand for organic herbs even as the economy’s relatively flat: the Richmond Times-Dispatch notes that Shenandoah Growers has seen an 800% in sales over the past ten years. It’s also good for the local labor market: the expansion brings with it 31 new “green” jobs, in addition to the current 150 company employees.

Good news on the employment front… and more proof that green jobs don’t automatically mean installing solar panels or weatherizing houses (if those things aren’t within your skill set). The company’s doing well with keeping web workers employed: their site looks likes a mother lode of information and community on what to do with those organic herbs.

Know of other green job opportunities popping up in your area? Share them with us…

via Employment News


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