Emerald Earth LLC is an organic nursery, licensed and certified with the North Carolina Dept. of Agriculture #8482 located in the Appalachian mountains in Nantahala National Forest WNC. We specialize in the propagation of native, endangered and medicinal plants and trees and go beyond organic practices by working with the models of permaculture and biodynamic gardening which are much more enjoyable and rewarding in comparison to conventional farming. No pesticides, herbicides or synthetic fertilizers have ever been used on our land in the past 9.5 years of our stewardship. We are currently in the process of becoming certified organic but wish to obtain more 'Beyond Organic' certifications in the future.
Currently we are growing an abundance of different species of Comfrey for permaculture farming. This is one of our most popular plants which many have been using for making green manure as well as a great natural tiller. Our True Comfrey is used for making skin ointments and fodder for our chickens. We are in the process of adding new native and medicinal species and hope to have them for sale in a year. Many we are propagating from seed from plans from our land which are in limited supply. Please keep checking our updates!
Our services also include non conventional landscape practices with the focus being on native garden creations. We have been transforming conventional landscapes back to the native scape, creating spaces which attract native pollinators, hummingbirds and other native birds and animals. Please inquire within if you are interested in a consultation which will include a visit to your land, plant identification and a possible landscape plan. We look forward to beautifying your land!
***Update: We have removed many plants from the website for shipping bare root as they are breaking dormancy. Please feel free to inquire about pickup for potted plants which we have in stock. Currently we do have striped maple, fraser magnolia, sourwood, elderberry, ginseng, sumac, black raspberry, raspberry, passionflower, goldenrod, purple stemmed aster and clematis for sale. We can ship out comfrey year round if it is in stock***
****GINSENG update: Permits for collecting ginseng are currently suspended for the next few years due to critically low numbers in the forest. We are now required to have certificates for our wild simulated grown ginseng. Your plants will come with certificates stating they originated from a licensed grower. ****
****Our nursery is soon to be certified organic. We are really excited for this next step as this will ensure cleaner plant material. Our goal is to eventually acquire biodynamic certification since we do not use any chemicals or synthetic fertilizers whatsoever. Future plant material will have these labels. We are also currently applying for a native plant conservation certification. Our vision is to eventually transform Emerald Earth into a botanical gardens where we can educate the local community on the importance of cultivating natives as well as sharing the beauty and inspiring others who wish to follow a similar path.****