Helping us tend to the 30 to 40 crops that represent approximately 25% of our raw materials each year, the workers on our 250-acre western North Carolina farm follow strict Certified Organic standards from seed selection and soil preparation to cultivation and harvesting. Their dedication to our Principles of Purity and furthering the bonds between plants and people is more than a commitment—it’s a passion. Meet our farmers by clicking on any of the profiles to the right.
Meet Our Farmers
Adolfo came to the farm in 2007 from Rio Verde, Mexico. His favorite crop is Echinacea because it is…
Weed eating is a big job at the Gaia Farm. Luckily, Adrian likes to weed. Organic farming can be…
Alejandro has been farming since he was 13 years old. In Mexico he works in the fields growing maize…
Daniel likes to pull weeds, a task many farmers would rather not tackle. He says it’s because he can…
VP Global Sourcing A degreed and published plant biologist, Jackie Greenfield works directly with farmers and wild crafters—nationally and…
Jorge, also known as “George”, manages our Gaia Farm crew. His roots go back to the start of the…
Lucio enjoys harvesting at the Gaia Farm. Digging roots allows him to work directly in the soil, which is…
Every job here at Gaia is special. But Luis favors picking the vegetables for the Gaia employee CSA (community…
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Sabino has worked at the Gaia Farm for 14 years, which makes him our veteran crewmember, as well as…
Juan and his brother, Sergio, came to work at Gaia together. Story has it that when the Luciano brothers…
Otherwise known as the “Man of 101 Uses” around the farm, Servando takes care of Gaia’s drying rooms, where…
Adolfo came to the farm in 2007 from Rio Verde, Mexico. His favorite crop is Echinacea because it is especially beautiful and is so beneficial. He takes pride in the fact that the plants that he stewards so carefully at Gaia Farm make a difference in peoples’ lives. He’s first and foremost a lover of plants and his skill and wisdom make him an excellent farmer. Adolfo appreciates the opportunity to work at Gaia Farm as well as the fertile land we have in the mountains of southern Appalachia. “I’m happy working here and hope to work at Gaia for many, many years”, he says.
When the herb-growing season comes to an end, Adolfo will return to the Maya Luna (Half Moon Lake) region of Mexico to his 25-acre farm to grow radishes, garlic, cilantro, and cabbage and tend to his cattle. He also raises Tilapia to sell to his local village. He has four daughters and a son who is also a farmer.
The farm crew manager, Jorge, and Adolfo have known each other since childhood and adds that “you won’t find a better friend than Adolfo.” His kindness and loyalty are appreciated here at Gaia and we hope to have him as part of our family for many, many years.