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Gaia Herbs Announces Annual Summer Solstice Open House
Date:6/3/2009

BREVARD, N.C., June 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Gaia Herbs, the Transylvania County-based grower and manufacturer of organic botanical medicines, welcomes the public to their 2nd annual Summer Solstice Open House, Saturday June 20th, from 10 am - 4 pm. Public tours are being offered at the pristine 250-acre certified organic farm and state-of-the-art manufacturing facility located in Brevard, NC.

Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about running an organic herb farm and take a walking tour of some of the company's fields of Echinacea, California Poppy, and Valerian that are in full bloom. Those who have difficulty walking will be able to ride on a tractor-led wagon to each spot.

Tours of Gaia Herbs certified organic manufacturing facility will give guests a behind-the-scenes understanding of how herbs are extracted, formulated, encapsulated and packaged for sale.

An Herbal Information Booth will be staffed to answer questions about herbs. Light refreshments and entertainment will be provided, including face painting, local music, and the presentation of songs and stories by noted naturalist, herbalist and storyteller, Dan Noland.

Visitors are encouraged to bring water bottles, closed-toed comfortable walking shoes, a hat and sunscreen. For a complete schedule of events and directions, go to www.gaiaherbs.com

Gaia Herbs continues to receive recognition in the industry for their focus on sustainable business and environmentally sensitive practices. In February 2009, they received the Environment and Sustainability Award from Nutrition Business Journal. In March, they were highlighted by North Carolina Governor Beverly Purdue and the Western North Carolina Biotechnology Center as a model of economic and environmental sustainability at an event held at the North Carolina Arboretum, and this month are featured as one of the "5 Companies to Watch" in Nutraceuticals World magazine.

Gaia Herbs is a certified organic grower and nationally-branded manufacturer of liquid herbal extracts based in Brevard, North Carolina. The company cultivates 250 acres of medicinal herbs which, along with operations at their 36,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility, are organically certified each year by Oregon Tilth under USDA's National Organic Program. The company built their farm and facility on in Transylvania County in 1997. Since then they have grown to become one of the nation's largest and most respected herbal supplement manufacturers. Gaia Herbs makes more than 300 products that are sold in natural foods stores and to healthcare professionals nationwide.


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