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…
September 26th, 2012
How Gaia Herbs’ fiber products help to fund vocational training for people with disabilities
Gaia Herbs’ work with Transylvania Vocational Services (TVS) embodies our belief in social sustainability through local partnerships. While our liquid extraction takes place in the Gaia Herbs facility, blending and packaging of powders such as ChiaFresh Daily Fiber and Rejuve Gentle Daily Fiber take place in TVS’s 60,000 square foot plant which is located in our same town of Brevard, NC.
TVS is a nonprofit organization committed to providing skills development and career opportunities for people with disabilities and has their own rich history of sustainability.
Pounds of food which TVS donated in 2011 to humanitarian efforts in Haiti
Number of people employed by TVS, most of whom are disabled and can be offered vocational evaluation, work training, and life skills training through TVS.
Years in which TVS has operated to enrich the lives of the disabled
Group homes operated by TVS. Each home provides a family atmosphere for adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and a live-in manager.
The distance from door-to-door of our two facilities is less than 7 miles. Transporting finished product from TVS to our warehouse creates a very small carbon footprint.
Becky Alderman, Operation Director at TVS, sums it up best. “We’re a small business with a social mission. The more profit we make, the more people we serve.”
TVS and Gaia Herbs are two of the larger employers in our community. By working with each other, we help to strengthen the economic security of not only our two companies, but our local economy as well.