Every job here at Gaia is special. But Luis favors picking the vegetables for the Gaia employee CSA (community supported agriculture) project that provides Gaia employees with 20,000 pounds of farm-fresh vegetables each season. Luis gets joy out of seeing the employees’ faces light up when they see all the amazing food he helped produce. A food lover, he used to work in a taqueria back home in Mexico and promises that he makes the best tacos at Gaia! His secret is a unique blend of cilantro, vinegar, carrots and caramelized onions.
In the off-season, Luis returns to his wife and young daughter to gather on the weekends with extended family to have a cookout, much like we do here in North Carolina. They grill steak; prepare beans and a local dish called “pasloes”, a slow-cooked soup made of meat, vegetables, hominy and broth.
When he’s not cooking or eating food he likes to travel throughout Mexico. Luis, along with 30+ friends and family members, make annual pilgrimages to Virgin of Guadeloupe, a trek that requires about two days of walking and praying. The image is housed in the Basilica de Guadeloupe, the most visited Catholic shrine in the world.
Luis likes the Gaia Farm because it reminds him of home. Although the Blue Ridge Mountains that encircle the farm are a bit higher in elevation than where he is from, he says, “La luna mira el mismo en México” or, “the moon looks the same in Mexico”.