Follow us through the year as we share what's happening at Gaia Farm.
Green Business PartnershipsContinue
How Our Shipping Boxes Fund Green Initiatives As manufacturers, we receive materials in cardboard boxes just like you. We…
In the Spirit of GivingContinue
Gaia Herbs is a company with a cause. Actually, make that causes. A deep respect for people, plants and…
How Gaia Herbs’ fiber products help to fund vocational training for people with disabilities Gaia Herbs’ work with Transylvania…
GaiaKids® on the FarmContinue
Echinacea, bees & bamboo! Tractor rides, organic snacks & herb games too! A group of our Gaia Kids had…
Biodiesel at Gaia HerbsContinue
Recycled cooking oil helps to power our business It takes power to grow herbs and then manufacture and transport…
Supporting Community HealthContinue
The Gaia Farm Produce Program The Gaia Farm Produce Program delivers fresh organic produce to Bread of Life Center,…
Sustainability Starts at HomeContinue
Visitors to Gaia Farm are often surprised to see that among the fields of herbs, which go in our…
Everything is planted! Gaia’s greenhouses and hoop houses are emptied and all the herbs are thriving in the 250-acres…
Farm Season in Full SwingContinue
The growing season is ramping up here at the Gaia Farm. Of course there’s the usual herb seedling graduation…
A Welcoming of SpringContinue
It’s very exciting; we’re breaking ground for spring here at the Gaia Farm. There’s much to be done in…
A Change of SeasonsContinue
We’re winding down from the height of the growing season here at Gaia Farm. Fall is a good time…
Herbal Leaders Visit Gaia FarmContinue
Ric gave a personal tour to herbal leaders that are teaching at this weekend’s Medicines from the Earth Symposium…
Check out these photos of today’s planting of Valerian! These precious plants have moved from greenhouse to hoop frames…
Cilantro in the FieldContinue
Today is a gorgeous day to be out on the farm. It’s all “farm-hands” on deck as they hand-plant…
Seeding Holy BasilContinue
It’s seeding time in the Gaia Greenhouses. First steps are underway to make our seeds ready for germination. A…
Farm Season in Full Swing
May 1st, 2011
The growing season is ramping up here at the Gaia Farm. Of course there’s the usual herb seedling graduation from greenhouse—to hoop house—to ground. Our second planting of Echinacea angustifolia- contributed to a total of one million Echinacea plants on our farm this month!
Nettle leaf has just been picked; the California Poppy has its true leaves; and we just wrapped up the hand-harvest of the leaf and flower bud clusters of our Hawthorn trees. The buds and attached leaves are carefully selected in the bud stage just before the flowers open. This precise window allows Gaia to harvest the trees when the bioactive constituents are at their peak.
And we can’t forget the emergence of the Tiphia Wasp…a Gaia Farm friend! This is the time of year that the wasps feed off the nectar of the tulip poplars surrounding the farm. While they’re in town they also paralyze the underground Japanese beetle larvae (an insect that destroys a variety of agricultural crops, including herbs), lay a wasp egg that eventually hatches and ingests the rest of the Japanese beetle. This is organic pest management as it’s best: sit back and let nature’s cycles do the work to create a balanced system.