Essential Oil Distillation for West Virginia Herb Growers: A Smell-Good Project

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2001: $6,035.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2002
Matching Non-Federal Funds: $12,626.00
Region: Northeast
State: West Virginia
Project Leader:
Myra Bonhage-Hale
La Paix Herb Farm


  • Additional Plants: herbs


  • Crop Production: conservation tillage
  • Education and Training: demonstration, display, extension, farmer to farmer, networking, on-farm/ranch research, participatory research
  • Farm Business Management: new enterprise development, budgets/cost and returns, cooperatives, marketing management, feasibility study, market study, value added
  • Natural Resources/Environment: biodiversity
  • Pest Management: compost extracts
  • Production Systems: holistic management
  • Soil Management: organic matter
  • Sustainable Communities: new business opportunities, employment opportunities, sustainability measures

    Proposal summary:

    Oils abstracted from herbs may appeal to new markets and encourage more growers to diversify. This project will explore marketing feasibility for distilled herb products, with the dual goal of connecting growers and finding new markets for herb products, including by-products of the distilling process such as floral waters. A pest plant, the autumn olive, will be also processed experimentally to see if it can be converted to commercial use as a fragrance.

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