Helping us tend to the 30 to 40 crops that represent approximately 25% of our raw materials each year, the workers on our 250-acre western North Carolina farm follow strict Certified Organic standards from seed selection and soil preparation to cultivation and harvesting. Their dedication to our Principles of Purity and furthering the bonds between plants and people is more than a commitment—it’s a passion. Meet our farmers by clicking on any of the profiles to the right.
Our Passion, Our People
Adolfo came to the farm in 2007 from Rio Verde, Mexico. His favorite crop is Echinacea because it is…
Weed eating is a big job at the Gaia Farm. Luckily, Adrian likes to weed. Organic farming can be…
Alejandro has been farming since he was 13 years old. In Mexico he works in the fields growing maize…
Daniel likes to pull weeds, a task many farmers would rather not tackle. He says it’s because he can…
VP Global Sourcing A degreed and published plant biologist, Jackie Greenfield works directly with farmers and wild crafters—nationally and…
Jorge, also known as “George”, manages our Gaia Farm crew. His roots go back to the start of the…
Lucio enjoys harvesting at the Gaia Farm. Digging roots allows him to work directly in the soil, which is…
Every job here at Gaia is special. But Luis favors picking the vegetables for the Gaia employee CSA (community…
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CEO/President/Founder As one of North America’s most respected herbalists and botanical researchers, Richard “Ric” Scalzo has more than 25…
Sabino has worked at the Gaia Farm for 14 years, which makes him our veteran crewmember, as well as…
Juan and his brother, Sergio, came to work at Gaia together. Story has it that when the Luciano brothers…
Otherwise known as the “Man of 101 Uses” around the farm, Servando takes care of Gaia’s drying rooms, where…
Jorge, also known as “George”, manages our Gaia Farm crew. His roots go back to the start of the farm in 1997 and he’s essential to the successful operation of Gaia Herbs. Jorge assigns farm tasks to the crew to ensure an efficient herb harvest. He also provides grandfatherly advice and support to the crew in times of need. His favorite crops are the Gingko and Hawthorn trees because they remind him of some of his favorite people, like his father, whom he feels could have benefited from the medicine of the trees. He feels good about the products we provide here in hopes that they will help many people.
Jorge made the United States his home in 1981, making seasonal farming rounds between North Carolina (vegetables), New York (Christmas decorations) and Florida (oranges) before settling down here in Brevard, N.C. at the Gaia Farm full time. He says, “It feels like home here” where he lives with his wife, Martha, who was born just down the road from the farm. In his free time he likes to take his two grandchildren to the park, on walks in the nearby National forest or to sit leisurely in front of the local Mexican store to enjoy a Popsicle and shoot the breeze. His friendly smile and dedication to Gaia are really appreciated.