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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.

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

SOCIAL SUSTAINABILITY
“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)

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

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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.