Our Passion, Our People

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    Adolfo
    Adolfo came to the farm in 2007 from Rio Verde, Mexico. His favorite crop is Echinacea because it is…

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    Adrian
    Weed eating is a big job at the Gaia Farm. Luckily, Adrian likes to weed. Organic farming can be…

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    Alejandro
    Alejandro has been farming since he was 13 years old. In Mexico he works in the fields growing maize…

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    Daniel
    Daniel likes to pull weeds, a task many farmers would rather not tackle. He says it’s because he can…

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    Jorge
    Jorge, also known as “George”, manages our Gaia Farm crew. His roots go back to the start of the…

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    Lucio
    Lucio enjoys harvesting at the Gaia Farm. Digging roots allows him to work directly in the soil, which is…

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    Luis
    Every job here at Gaia is special. But Luis favors picking the vegetables for the Gaia employee CSA (community…

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    Ric Scalzo, CEO
    CEO/President/Founder As one of North America’s most respected herbalists and botanical researchers, Richard “Ric” Scalzo has more than 25…

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    Sabino
    Sabino has worked at the Gaia Farm for 14 years, which makes him our veteran crewmember, as well as…

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    Sergio
    Juan and his brother, Sergio, came to work at Gaia together. Story has it that when the Luciano brothers…

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    Servando
    Otherwise known as the “Man of 101 Uses” around the farm, Servando takes care of Gaia’s drying rooms, where…

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    Vincente
    Some jobs at the Gaia Farm are just plain fun. Vicente’s favorite is to ride on the back of…

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Staff Members
Gaia Farm Team
Scientific Advisory Board
Certified Organic Farmers
Validated Partners
Land Steward Harvesters

Our people are our strength, and to us, they are more than workers or partners—they are our family. We invite you to meet them by clicking on any of the links above.

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Adrian

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.