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…
Some jobs at the Gaia Farm are just plain fun. Vicente’s favorite is to ride on the back of the transplanter to establish the new herbs. And he likes Valerian best because of the way it smells when it’s dug up…and of course he sleeps really well after a day of harvesting Valerian!
When Vicente is not farming (or sleeping) at Gaia he likes to travel to the tourist destinations near his home in Hidalgo, Mexico. He and his friends work hard and play hard, traveling to waterfalls in search of “sweet water” or fresh water swimming areas frequented by tourists. These adventures include treks to Prismas balsatics, a natural wonder of hexagonal prism rocks curtained by 150-foot waterfalls. Hidalgo ranks second in Mexico for the number of thermal springs: they exist due to rivers of magma that flow under the surface.
Vicente’s the youngest of the farm crew at 21 years old. A bit of a thrill seeker, he also likes to ride bulls. Rodeoing is popular in his state in Mexico and according to Vincente they offer an opportunity to win the attention of a lady.