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We seek and accept apprentices year round and are looking for special people passionate about growing woodland botanicals. Eagle Feather Organic Farms is a twenty-eight year old farm growing medicinal plants and trees. We provide opportunities to learn about North Carolina woodland nurseries and the marketing of herbs as finished products.

Eagle Feather Organic Farms is an organic farm that uses permaculture practices and biodynamic preps and beneficial insects. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains bordering the Pisgah National Forest in Marshall, NC, is a haven for herbalists, naturalists, and seekers of agri-tourism excellence. The Eagle Feather Organic Farm, owned and operated by Robert Eidus is home to the North Carolina Ginseng and Goldenseal Co.

Among their many acclamations, the Eagle Feather Farm has been designated as a Native Botanical Sanctuary by United Plant Savers, and is also a designated North Carolina Nursery by the NC Department of Agriculture. Since 1993, the NC Ginseng and Goldenseal Company has been growing organic medicinal herbs such as ginseng, goldenseal, and a variety of other woodland botanicals in a natural hardwoods cove.

Madison County is home to some of the most potent and high quality ginseng in the world, and the Eagle Feather Organic Farm has a reputation for excellence. From here we distribute everything from roots, seeds, and rhizomes to tinctures and capsules, all the while practicing sustainable agriculture. In a closed loop system from the earth to the client

Robert Eidus, owner, holds farm tours (by appointment only) as the interest in this form of agriculture is growing, and agri-tourism has added its name to the list of reasons for folks to come on out to this beautiful countryside. We now have individual and small group classes on growing woodland medicinal plants, as well as youtube channels with various medicinal plant topics at PlantFriends and Eagle Feather Organic Farm.

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  • Offers workshops and event spaces, as well as farm tours by appointment.
  • Specializes in Ginseng and Goldenseal, including tinctures, capsules, powdered goldenseal, dried American Ginseng roots, plants (in the spring), roots, seeds and rhizomes (in fall).
About purchasing from Eagle Feather...

“Robert has been a steady solid member of the farming community for years with wildcrafting ginseng, goldenseal, and other plants. He was part of several plant rescue operations when development was taking so much land several years back. He is a true blue and has a heart of gold!”

- Dave, customer

Our work schedule…

While all days here are different, the daily work is determined by the two day moon cycle. The moon cycles generally are weeding, planting/transplanting, harvesting, and pruning.

Basic farming including planting, harvesting, weeding, watering, etc.*

Farm upkeep including organizing, cleaning, arranging supplies, composting, road maintenance, and bank restoration.

*Although some farm work may require lifting, no work will be required of any guest that is beyond their capability or comfort level.

Compensation offered...

There is no compensation for apprentices, but they are also welcome to attend special events. . All guests are provided an indoor European heated shower, and composting toilet. There are also on site hiking trails, fishing at the river (walking distance for those that are adventurous), and bird watching.

There is an equipped kitchen for use with a stove-top and grill. There is no oven or microwave available. There is no public transportation to and from the farm. There is occasionally a shared meal, usually on Friday evening.

Visitors need to bring their own bed linens/sleeping bags and towels. Campers must provide all their own equipment and supplies. Wifi is available only at the deck on the office.

Our location...

Downtown Marshall is within 15 minutes from the farm which is a small but friendly community with a small health food store, cafe, restaurants and farmer's market as well as a small creative studio space on the "island." You'll also find laundry facilities and a major grocery store. The French Broad is within walking distance of the farm and is a major water sports attraction. Asheville is also within 30 miles from the farm. Everybody knows how great Asheville is, as a food, brewery, art and culture destination. Hiking and camping spots galore between the farm, Asheville and surrounding area. Hot Springs, another popular destination, is only 11 miles away. The farm itself is a private and secluded forest retreat and farming operation.

Applicants should have a vehicle if they want to be able to get to and from the farm and enjoy the local community. While it is easier to have a vehicle, it is not a requirement as long as they make travel arrangements. Qualities that will help you succeed here are good work ethic, enthusiasm for working and the ability to stay organized. Preferred but not required is experience with growing herbs and organic farming. There are no domesticated animals at the farm.

To inquire about employment opportunities, please contact us by phone between 9am and 5pm Monday through Friday or visit our website and send an email but with questions to get started it is best to call 828-649-3536.

About working for Eagle Feather...

“I was fairly new to herbs and plant medicine when starting the apprenticeship and learned a lot throughout. It is a beautiful farm to be at and it has a lot of the herbs it uses growing naturally on the property. Robert is very knowledgeable and was great to work for.”

- Ed, former apprentice

“I have served as an intern to Mr. Eidus for last year [2015]. He has become a life mentor to me. He constantly strives for quality in all areas of his personal and professional life. I have learned so much from him about ginseng and goldenseal and organic gardening.”

- Thomas, former employee

We offer workshops and event space, as well as farm tours by appointment.

Find out about our current offerings on our farm’s Facebook or website.

About purchasing from Eagle Feather...

“Robert has been a steady solid member of the farming community for years with wildcrafting ginseng, goldenseal, and other plants. He was part of several plant rescue operations when development was taking so much land several years back. He is a true blue and has a heart of gold!”

- Dave, customer

About working for Eagle Feather...

“I was fairly new to herbs and plant medicine when starting the apprenticeship and learned a lot throughout. It is a beautiful farm to be at and it has a lot of the herbs it uses growing naturally on the property. Robert is very knowledgeable and was great to work for.”

- Ed, former apprentice

“I have served as an intern to Mr. Eidus for last year [2015]. He has become a life mentor to me. He constantly strives for quality in all areas of his personal and professional life. I have learned so much from him about ginseng and goldenseal and organic gardening.”

- Thomas, former employee


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