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…
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…
Founder and CEO As one of North America’s most respected herbalists and botanical researchers, Richard “Ric” Scalzo has more…
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…
Otherwise known as the “Man of 101 Uses” around the farm, Servando takes care of Gaia’s drying rooms, where the medicinal herbs are dried before processing, as well as the irrigation system. When he’s not fixing things Servando has been known to kick around a soccer ball during breaks, a game he’s loved since age seven. He’s quick to express his gratitude to Gaia for helping send his three children to school.
Back home in El Refugio, Mexico, Servando sings in a band named, “The Quattro Amigos”, that can be heard on the radio playing Cumbia, a traditional Columbian style of music. During the off-season he works as a brickmaker and spends time with elementary school-aged boy and girl, his teen daughter, and his beloved wife who he speaks of with admiration in his eyes.
Servando loves the majestic mountains of western North Carolina and says that he “feels like an eagle soaring” when up on the Blue Ridge Parkway. “Sometimes I feel like the happiest man in the world”, says Servando. His positive attitude and deep gratitude make him invaluable to Gaia Farm family.