A passionate steward of the environment, Gunther Fishgold had many childhood experiences that connected him to the natural world.
By Jeff Simms
Photographed by Karen Pearson
Gunther Fishgold is living proof of the incredible power of the natural world—not just as a place to center oneself when life gets hectic, or as an outlet for exercise and well-being, but a deeper, more eternal power. An influence on our psyches insofar as the people we become.
Now 48 and the father of two, Gunther parlayed a childhood interest in the outdoors into an education in natural living and, ultimately, a hugely successful organic foods company. But here’s the thing: he’s a passionate steward of the environment who’s refused to lose sight of where he came from along the way. He has recognized that wealth isn’t everything, and he’s given much of it away—to the people who work with him and to the community in which he lives.