Bushogging the grass is the best part of the job at the farm according to Juan. He prides himself at keeping the grounds looking good here at Gaia and likes to tinker with all the machinery onsite. If there’s trouble starting the tractor, Juan is the one to call. In Rio Verde, Mexico, he works on his pickup truck. Here in North Carolina, his 1988 Ford Mustang. And when the season comes to an end Juan will drive his ‘new’ car home to show it off to his friends.
Slowing down is what Juan likes to do when he’s not working. At home he enjoys sitting out front under the shade of a tree to watch the people walk by. Here at Gaia Juan is known for getting to sleep first at the end of the day. He’s also known for his trustworthiness.
Juan and his brother, Sergio, came to work at Gaia together. Story has it that when the Luciano brothers arrived to the United States and were asked where they would be working, they just said, “cucumbers”, in response. So now the two are nicknamed just that, ‘pepinos’.
Juan hopes to have his own farm in Mexico some day. Eventually he’ll save money to rent fields for his corn and cattle. He’s learning a lot about growing plants here at Gaia Herbs and we know he’ll go far with his farming career.