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…
Sabino has worked at the Gaia Farm for 14 years, which makes him our veteran crewmember, as well as the Assistant Farm Crew Manager. His very important role on the farm is to cultivate the fields for new plantings. He’s been driving a tractor since he was 20, now he’s 58, and the most experienced at disking and adding organic amendments to enrich the soil for new crops. He began his farming career in El Refugio, Mexico growing hot peppers, corn, and tomatoes. Then to Austin, Texas growing ornamental flowers and tropical plants for big box stores such as Wal-Mart and Home Depot, as well as in the cotton and soybean fields. He much prefers the beautiful Gaia Farm, with its diversity of tasks, plants with a purpose and lack of pesticides.
Sabino relocated to the United States in the 1970s and enjoys a growing family including a daughter, Dulce that also works at Gaia Herbs. In his free time he visits with his eight grandchildren (soon to be nine, Dulce is expecting!), reads newspapers, his bible and listens to music. Sabino’s experience and loyalty is invaluable to the success of Gaia and we’re happy to have him in the family.