Certificate in Herbal Enterprise Management

Herbs have a history almost as old as man himself. Used as much for medicines and foods as their colours and scents, herbs have a practical charm unmatched in the world of plants. No garden is complete without them and no kitchen could be considered fully stocked.

Course Overview

The scientific definition of an herb is a plant which has no persistent stem above the ground; that is, the leaves and stem die back to the roots after a period of growth. By this definition, strictly speaking, you would call plants such as daffodils and dahlias herbs along with plants such as mint and garlic. The more popular definition of an herb is any plant whose roots, stems, leaves or flowers are used for culinary flavouring, medicinal or perfumery purposes. Herbs then, are essentially plants which are grown because of the beneficial characteristics of the oils or other chemical components to be found in their tissues. Herbs have been gathered or grown and used in all parts of the world for thousands of years. They are some of the easiest, hardiest and fastest garden plants to grow and there is generally little cost involved in growing them, apart from your own labour. These factors, coupled with a growing preference today for natural alternatives to chemicals, have resulted in a revival of interest in the use of herbs.

What you’ll learn
  • Understand the binomial system of plant classification and to develop resource contacts for information about herbs.
  • Develop a broad perspective of the scope of herb species and varieties, their culture and uses, and an insight into which varieties are more commonly available.
  • Make a detailed study of the most commonly grown herb varieties.
  • Know how to make a wide range of herb crafts and cook a wide variety of herb flavoured foods.
  • Make an awareness of medicinal and toxic chemical properties of herbs (both in general and selected specific terms).
  • Develop an awareness of the work procedures involved in operating an herb farm and how to harvest and provide post-harvest treatments to herb produce.
  • Develop knowledge of how to plan and manage a maintenance program in an ornamental garden or park.
  • Design and implement a marketing program for a business operating in the herb industry.
Requirements

Candidates must;

  • Have at least a pass in English and Mathematics/Statistics at WASSCE, SSCE or GCE “O” level or NECO
  • Have access to either a computer or smartphone with Internet Connectivity.
  • Be equipped with quality webcam and headphones
Duration & Fees
  • Regular – 12 Weeks – ₦200,000
  • Fast-Track – 10 Weeks – ₦300,000
Program Dates
  • December, 2023 – February, 2024
  • March – May, 2024
  • June – August, 2024
  • September – November, 2024

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