Gabriel Vega started BotaniCo out of the need for sustainable forms of food production that could be manageable for individual households living in South Texas. The warm climate can leave the residences of South Texas in tight watering bans for most of the year. Gabriel has been a practitioner of the hydroponics method for nearly a decade. He stated in an interview with the Business News "If I am going to live in Corpus Christi for the majority of my life, then I will spend my time here contributing to a healthier, sustainable lifestyle."
Since the store's debut in October 2012, Gabriel has been featured on several radio programs and can be seen nearly every Saturday as Kiii-TV's South Texas Gardener. We hold classes from time to time and we are well seasoned and very knowledgeable in the hydroponics technique. Our motto is "Grow Better With BotaniCo" but we strive to provide useful and accurate information to anyone who wants to know anything about gardening, whether they shop with us or not.
BotaniCo's mission is to contribute to a more sustainable community that produces more of its own foods in a way that is beneficial to our environment. We also work to develop and support places that provide locally grown foods. We advertise and work with other businesses such as the Learning Gardens, restaurants and farmers markets. We make every effort in keeping our business as green as possible and ask that patrons reuse their containers for our compost tea; we even take $3.00 off the price of our gallons when done so. We make special trips to minimize our waste as well as composting our organic scraps.
We pride ourselves on customer service and knowledge of our products. We understand that sustainable living is of great importance and better management of resources will reduce the stains of a thriving community. We value the opportunity to help advise anyone who is interested in producing for themselves. We are fortunate to not only work with people who want to garden but to work with those who want to grow to their best ability.