Weed eating is a big job at the Gaia Farm. Luckily, Adrian likes to weed. Organic farming can be labor intensive, relying on people rather than chemicals, so we appreciate crewmembers like Adrian that help to keep the weeds in balance. Adrian’s favorite crop is Holy Basil because it smells really good, he says.
Adrian deals with plenty of weeds at his farm in Rio Verde too. He owns two acres of flat land where he grows cilantro, onions, corn, radishes and other vegetables for local markets. He uses horses to cultivate rows that are 2-3 feet wide and relies on natural springs to irrigate. Although the Hernandez family cannot drink their ‘heavy water’, as it is called in Mexico, it’s helpful to have farmland with a natural water source. At Gaia Herbs we share the land with Cathy’s Creek that we steward with a trout reforestation program and erosion control.
Adrian likes to play cars with his three-year-old son when he’s not taming weeds and growing healthy plants. He hopes to take his family to Disney World one of these days. This is Adrian’s fourth season at Gaia and we’re glad to have him.