Our mission is to create and nurture healthy connections between plants and people. We do that through finding and maintaining strong global relationships in addition to championing personal and environmental sustainability here at home, on our own organic farm.
global involvement through herbs
Some herbs grow best in other parts of the world. And as we seek them out, we mindfully develop relationship opportunities with far-reaching cultural, educational, and environmental benefits.
Each year, we donate herbal supplements to Dr. Andrew Lustig, whose work in the Kenyan village of Maji Moto supports girls with rescue shelters, schools, and holistic health.
A portion of our Kava root purchases from the island of Vanuatu have funded projects such as homes for the elderly and widows, spiritual growth seminars, and a community dispensary.
This group of Naturopathic Physicians delivers medical aid to developing countries. In 2012, our donation of herbal products went to a clinic in a remote area of Nicaragua.
supporting a conscientious country
Stateside, our aim is to drive awareness of health and well-being through programs that evolve farming practices and a healthier planet, as well as lend a helping hand when needed.
We donated our products and our investment partners provided funding to build a healing center for families, teachers, and first-responders after the tragic events in Newtown, CT.
As part of our plan to reduce our own carbon footprint, we purchase renewable energy credits and help support the growing wind power industry—helping avoid up to 1,027 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.
We travel around the country to build relationships that assist with organic training, sourcing organic herbs, and supporting the expansion of organic farming and production.
Our donation to the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, AZ helped establish a botanical medicine clinical research program.
Gaia contributed to the Osha Sustainability Research Project, an effort to wildharvest the species responsibly and avoid over-collection.
cultivating a bountiful backyard
Blue Ridge Biofuels produces biodiesel from cooking oil waste—some of which comes from restaurants in Brevard. Our tractors and trucks use this fuel to generate fewer greenhouse gas emissions than petroleum-based diesel.
Each year, we deliver thousands of pounds of fresh organic produce – all grown on our farm – to support Bread of Life, our local community food bank.
We partner and execute special projects with Transylvania Vocational Services (TVS), a nonprofit that provides career opportunities for those with physical or mental challenges.
As one of the largest employers in our area, we sponsor local events and schools with product samples, volunteers, and donations. We also host our community on our farm with annual tours, kids’ activities, and more.
living our values
Our efforts around the world would mean less if we didn’t start at home. The mission of organic farming, good health, and environmental sustainability are practiced here every day.
We provide organic produce grown on Gaia Farm for our employees and their families. In 2012, employees took home more than 36,000 lbs of fresh, free, organic fruits and vegetables.
Our farm is not the only part of Gaia Herbs inspected and certified organic each year. We take the extra step of having our production facility certified organic as well.
Our solar panels provide power to hot water heaters at our offices and manufacturing facility. We installed our panels, in part, through a grant funded by Farm Bureau FEEP Program.
We develop and conduct workshops to help our employees learn more about sustainable living. Past workshops include beekeeping and growing shitake mushrooms.
We send our cardboard box waste to a regional cardboard manufacturer that converts it into our 100% recycled shipping cartons—saving around 700 trees and 40 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.