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Sustainability Starts at Home

September 21st, 2011

Visitors to Gaia Farm are often surprised to see that among the fields of herbs, which go in our products, is an organic produce garden for employees and our community. The Gaia Farm Produce Program supplies thousands of pounds of vegetables for a weekly share to all employees. A portion of the harvests goes to a local charity too—Bread of Life—a food bank and community kitchen serving Brevard, North Carolina, home of Gaia Herbs.

Employee Produce Benefits – By the Numbers
$46,000- The approximate value of organic produce provided to employees in 2010
19,727- The pounds of organic produce grown for employees in 2010
131- Gaia Herbs’ on-site employees, all of whom can participate in the program
84- The varieties of fruits and vegetables offered employees in 2011
2- Times each week produce is delivered from Gaia Farm in season
$0- The amount employees are charged for their organic produce

This program’s effect goes beyond improving our food quality compared to the standard American diet. It delivers an environmental, social, and economic impact.

All of Gaia Farm’s produce, from arugula to zucchini, is grown organically and then travels feet (not miles) to reach Gaia Herbs employees.

“I’m so grateful to this day to watch all the faces and the sound of happy chatter as people come through to load up (with vegetables). What a blessing!” – Teah (11 year employee)

In 2010, the average employee took home over 150 pounds of organic produce worth over $350!

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