Our Farm

Healing is inherently rooted in Nature.

At St. Francis Herb Farm, we work obsessively with nature to understand, nurture, and extract these healing compounds.

We are herbalists. But not your average herbalists. We are multigenerational herbal artisans who have spent 30+ years researching and cultivating our knowledge and trade. We are obsessed with herbs and the wisdom they unlock in our bodies to heal and nourish naturally. We believe that the whole plant is special and that there is a unique way of getting the best out of it. That is why we created our Holistic Herb Approach™, which customizes our method to each plant.

We are also farmers. Proudly Canadian organic farmers who believe in a wholesome back-to-basics way of living. We would never give you something we would not give our own family. The farm is where we work and where we live, it is our way of life.

And we are family people who love our community and believe in an enriching way of life that supports both.

For over 30 years, our family has been driven by cultivating and extracting the finest quality herbs available, so that you can feel the difference of well-made plant medicine.

Welcome to our Farm.

Paul Rivett-Carnac washing marshmallow root at the St Francis Farm

The “farm” in St. Francis Herb Farm

by Paul Rivett-Carnac

I was a farm kid, pulling weeds, squishing potato bugs, harvesting wild herbs, watering the greenhouse beds. We grew 55 different kinds of herbs then, and so my love of herbs seeped in early on – growing them, tending them, seeing how my parents used them to craft herbal medicines using the ancient traditional ways. It was a great way to grow up. As I look back, I see how much taking care of the farm was part of the way my parents, who founded St. Francis Herb Farm, lived their lives and ran the business. Life on the farm was, then and now, about staying close to the land and staying healthy with herbal medicines and simple wholesome foods.

Today, as the second-generation owners of St. Francis Herb Farm, my wife Caitlin and I have our own 52-acre farm tucked into the beautiful Madawaska Highlands in Ontario’s cottage country just outside of Barry’s Bay (population: 1300). We knew we wanted our sons to be farm kids too, and for our own farm to be a green and growing part of St. Francis Herb Farm. The first time I stepped onto our property, I could practically see that dream unfold. It’s a healthy and vibrant spot, teeming with wildlife like beavers, ducks, wild turkeys, turtles and frogs, with a beautiful creek running through it. We love it. It’s a place to get our hands dirty, to explore with our boys and connect with nature, and yes, to grow herbs.

Rivett-Carnac Family by their barn at St Francis Herb Farm
Paul and Jude in the greenhouse

We are a certified organic farm. It is a careful step-by-step process, and there’s a lot more to it than just saying “no pesticides or herbicides.” We work on principles like soil care, crop rotation, and building raised beds and wind barriers. We’re also learning about approaches like permaculture, which means planning the farm and the crops so that they imitate what’s happening in nature.

Our organic herbs are used in St. Francis Herb Farm herbal medicines; herbs such as valerian, burdock, nettle, sheep sorrel, and marshmallow, all of which naturally thrive in our climate. It’s extremely important to us as part of our Holisitic Herb Approach that we know where our herbs come from and how they are grown.

Running the business of St. Francis Herb Farm is endlessly interesting and challenging, but getting out on the farm in the fresh air gives me a balance for which I am grateful.

Our farm feels like a circle is being completed, from farm kid to herb farmer and herbal business owner. Growing herbs and using them to craft herbal medicines—well, that’s our life’s work… and our passion! 

Paul & Caitlin

Our Holistic Herb Approach​

Each herb has a part that provides us with the most benefit and there is a unique way to harness the power of the medicinal parts so that we feel the most benefit. That is why we created and perfected our Holistic-Herb™ Approach, to get the most out of nature so that you can feel your best.

Our Holistic Herb Approach​

Each herb has a part that provides us with the most benefit and there is a unique way to harness the power of the medicinal parts so that we feel the most benefit. That is why we created and perfected our Holistic-Herb™ Approach, to get the most out of nature so that you can feel your best.

POWERFUL PLANT MEDICINE

We develop leading formulas that combine all the right herbs for your specific health needs, providing the simplest and most powerful solutions.

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Careers at St. Francis

At St. Francis Herb Farm, we have a fantastic, hard-working team. We are truly passionate about our work, and that shows in the effort that goes into crafting, selling and telling the world about our herbal medicines and whole food products.

We are currently looking for:

Industrial Cleaner (Office) – Position Details

Industrial Cleaner (Plant) – Position Details

If you are interested in applying, please complete the form and attach your resume below.