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Our Passion, Our People

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    Adolfo
    Adolfo came to the farm in 2007 from Rio Verde, Mexico. His favorite crop is Echinacea because it is…

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    Adrian
    Weed eating is a big job at the Gaia Farm. Luckily, Adrian likes to weed. Organic farming can be…

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    Alejandro
    Alejandro has been farming since he was 13 years old. In Mexico he works in the fields growing maize…

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    Daniel
    Daniel likes to pull weeds, a task many farmers would rather not tackle. He says it’s because he can…

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    Jorge
    Jorge, also known as “George”, manages our Gaia Farm crew. His roots go back to the start of the…

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    Lucio
    Lucio enjoys harvesting at the Gaia Farm. Digging roots allows him to work directly in the soil, which is…

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    Luis
    Every job here at Gaia is special. But Luis favors picking the vegetables for the Gaia employee CSA (community…

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    Ric Scalzo
    Founder and CEO As one of North America’s most respected herbalists and botanical researchers, Richard “Ric” Scalzo has more…

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    Sabino
    Sabino has worked at the Gaia Farm for 14 years, which makes him our veteran crewmember, as well as…

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    Sergio
    Juan and his brother, Sergio, came to work at Gaia together. Story has it that when the Luciano brothers…

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    Servando
    Otherwise known as the “Man of 101 Uses” around the farm, Servando takes care of Gaia’s drying rooms, where…

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    Vincente
    Some jobs at the Gaia Farm are just plain fun. Vicente’s favorite is to ride on the back of…

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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.

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Sergio

Juan and his brother, Sergio, came to work at Gaia together. Story has it that when the Luciano brothers arrived to the United States and were asked where they would be working, they just said, “cucumbers”, in response. So now the two are nicknamed just that, ‘pepinos’! These days, they’re familiar with all sorts of herbs and vegetables, but Echinacea purpurea is Sergio’s favorite because of the plant’s beautiful blooms and its health benefits.

Sergio likes to swim at Maya Luna, the lake near his home, and spend time with his family during the off-season. The second-to-youngest child of nine, he knows how to get along with others, a skill that helps him work well with the Gaia farm crew. When he’s not helping his father building commercial businesses in Mexico, he takes care of over 20 roosters and 15 laying hens. He’d like to operate his own farm one day, perhaps growing a variety of chili peppers. The Luciano brothers are hard workers and Jorge, our farm crew manager, is glad to have these cucumbers on the farm.

 
Ecologically Harvested is a term that describes all herbs sold by Gaia Herbs that are not Certified Organic. Ecologically Harvested herbs include herbs that are harvested in their natural habitat, (i.e., wild harvested) according to specific guidelines for harvesting these herbs (i.e., away from roads and industry, as well as guidelines to avoid overharvesting). Our term, Ecologically Harvested, also includes herbs that are grown in managed woodland areas, fields designated for specific herbs, and herbs that are grown by indigenous growers, such as Kava Kava. All Ecologically Harvested herbs pass pesticide and heavy metal testing as well as microbial testing, prior to release.