Alejandro has been farming since he was 13 years old. In Mexico he works in the fields growing maize to sell at local markets. He appreciates the change of focus to growing medicinal herbs here at the Gaia Farm. He likes the Echinacea purpurea best because of the vivid color of its blooms. He breaks into a smile when talking about harvesting the watermelon that is part of our company CSA (community supported agriculture) project.
Three hours outside of Mexico City, where Alejandro was born, looks a little bit like Brevard, North Carolina, home to the Gaia Farm. In both places you’ll find lofty Pecan trees. And the medicinal Zapote plants in Hildalgo are closely related to the persimmon we have here in North Carolina. The locals use the Zapote fruit to promote sleep tells Alejandro, maybe as one would use Gaia’s Sound Sleep with Valerian, Kava Kava and Passionflower.
For fun, Alejandro and his family travel around the region providing homemade fireworks at festivals. These festivals resemble an American county or state fair. He also likes to dance and listen to El Tri, a legendary band that paved the way for Rock music in Mexico.