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BORBA, Elder Tschoseck; HARTER-MARQUES, Birgit and CITADINI-ZANETTE, Vanilde. Organic production of marigold: a case study. Cienc. Rural [online]. 2012, vol.42, n.11, pp. 2099-2104. Epub Sep 04, 2012. ISSN 0103-8478. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0103-84782012005000083.
A characterization of the process of organic agriculture production of Calendula officinalis L. in the State of Santa Catarina is presented, evidencing particularities and discrepancies contrasting to the models already described in specialized literature, by field visits, participative observations and interviews with a medicinal plant producer. The main particularities identified were the health in the agricultural family, demonstrated by the practice of organic culture, besides pest control and the handling of production. The main evidenced problems or divergences were: soil characteristics; period of the marigold planting and its following stages, such as transplanting and flowering. Aspects of the crop were conflicting as for the period of the day indicated for the procedure, as well as the absence of information from the producer about the existence of other government incentives to the agricultural section. It is recommended to the rural extensions and/or competent institutions to seek for guiding the organic producers of marigold to promote adequate practices for the cultivation of this medicinal species.
Keywords : Calendula officinalis L.; Asteraceae; medicinal plant; family agriculture; organic crop.