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Growing Together

St. Francis Herb Farm began nearly 30 years ago with a young family, a small farm and a simple idea: to craft herbal medicines using traditional methods that have been used for hundreds of years, because that’s the way that yields the best results. The company was founded by Monique and Jeremy Rivett-Carnac, who built a business that is respected for its integrity, and for the care and intention it brings to every step of the process to create products that work really well. Today, their son and daughter-in-law Paul and Caitlin Rivett-Carnac are the new owners of St. Francis Herb Farm. They’re proud to continue building on that foundation—a young family, a small farm, and that same simple idea—for the next generation.

1977
1977
Jeremy begins working at his mother’s store, Mercia’s Health Food Store, in Duncan, BC
1978
1978
Monique manages a herbal centre in Victoria, BC
1979
1980
Monique and Jeremy each receive a Certificate of Herbology from the Academy of Botanical Medicine in Victoria, BC
1980
1980
Monique starts a job at an organic biodynamic farm on Vancouver Island and meets Jeremy
1982
1984
Monique and Jeremy produce their first two tinctures: Propolis and Echinacea
1984
1985
Monique and Jeremy begin selling herbal products to naturopathic doctors on Vancouver Island
1985
1986
Monique and Jeremy develop Milk Thistle Combo (now known as Hepato DR)
1987
1988
With a $12,000 loan, Jeremy and Monique purchase a 178-acre farm in Cormac, Ontario and start St. Francis Herb Farm
1988
1988
Astragalus Combo is launched. Later renamed Deep Immune, it becomes our flagship product
1990
1992
The farm achieves certified organic status
1996
1998
St. Francis Herb Farm moves to Combermere, Ontario
2000
2005
St. Francis purchases a second location in Combermere and expands its operations
2005
2006
St. Francis receives its manufacturing site license from Health Canada
2008
2010
Manufacturing facilities achieve certified organic status
2011
2012
Paul earns his MBA (Carleton University) and begins to take over management of the business
2012
2013
Caitlin Currie and Paul Rivett-Carnac marry
2013
2014
Paul and Caitlin become owners of St. Francis Herb Farm
2014
2015
Paul and Caitlin buy their own farm property, Living Creek Farm
2015
2016
Paul and Caitlin plant their first herbs at their farm (soon to be used in St. Francis Herb Farm products!)
Skill, expertise, craftsmanship: At St. Francis Herb Farm, we work together with care and intention to make products to be proud of. And there`s a lot of heart and laughter in the building too, which makes us more than just a team and a little closer to a family.
Sharon Markwick
Materials Manager, employee for 17 years
Samantha Feltmate
Quality Assurance Manager, employee for 3 years
Sheila McCullough
Order Processing/Customer Service Manager, employee for 14 years
Lisa Madigan
Distribution Centre, employee for 20 years

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