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A Change of Seasons

September 24th, 2010

We’re winding down from the height of the growing season here at Gaia Farm. Fall is a good time to collect and save our seed. Seed saving encourages plant diversity and ensures heritage plant varieties exist into the future. Here at Gaia Herbs, we like the fact we can trace our herbs from seed to finished product. That way we can be sure of the highest quality of seed while growing plants that are perfectly suited for our region.

Cover crops (vetch, rye, winter peas) are established now to help build the soil. In the spring, the cover crops will be tilled in to the ground before our herbs are planted. Trees will be pruned while dormant to stimulate new growth in warmer weather.

In preparation for winter, the farm crew is stowing equipment in the barns where it will be serviced for next year. Inventory of tools: shovels, hoes and digging forks will highlight what we need to purchase come spring. Our greenhouses and hoop houses will be cleaned out and water pipes emptied so the freezing temperatures won’t cause damage. And our hardworking farm crew will get some downtime before the start of a new growing season.

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Ecologically Harvested is a term that describes all herbs sold by Gaia Herbs that are not Certified Organic. Ecologically Harvested herbs include herbs that are harvested in their natural habitat, (i.e., wild harvested) according to specific guidelines for harvesting these herbs (i.e., away from roads and industry, as well as guidelines to avoid overharvesting). Our term, Ecologically Harvested, also includes herbs that are grown in managed woodland areas, fields designated for specific herbs, and herbs that are grown by indigenous growers, such as Kava Kava. All Ecologically Harvested herbs pass pesticide and heavy metal testing as well as microbial testing, prior to release.