About Us

We are a family of five living on Cortes Island on the west coast of Canada.

The Gathering Place Trading brings you farmer-direct, non-GMO, certified organic tea, herbs and spices from sustainable farms in Canada and around the world. In addition to running Gathering Place Trading, we are also organic growers and homesteaders on 22 acres of land. We share this land with three other families in a small community and grow most of our food.

At Gathering Place Trading, We Are Committed to Global Community Support and Eco-Friendly Ingredients

In an industry where companies don’t know where their products come from, at the Gathering Place, we know all our farmers by name. And in an era where everybody wants to pay less, we will gladly pay more if it supports a Canadian farmer.

Integrity and Fairness

We love leading with our heart and honour the values of integrity and fairness in all of our company’s decisions and partnerships.

Environmental Stewardship

We take our responsibility to the planet seriously and make our business decisions based on our commitment to the environment.

Community Giveback

We re-invest our total sales back into grassroots projects in the communities around the world where our products are grown.

At Gathering Place Trading, We Donate 1% of our Total Sales

While some brands only "give back" from their profits (i.e. money earned after expenses and owners' incomes), we at Gathering Place donate one percent of all our sales to important, grassroots initiatives that directly improve the lives of the people who farm these spices, herbs, and tea.

The Gathering Place Trading Family Story

The Gathering Place story begins in South Africa Farms in 2003.

Out for an afternoon drive through the countryside in our vintage VW camper van, we got lost. Although we didn’t know it yet, fate had placed us at the doorstep of the region’s most respected Rooibos tea farmers.

The farmers, Frans and Gerda, shared directions and offered us a cup of tea. It was the best cup of tea we had ever had! They had been harvesting by hand, fermenting in small batches, and sun drying their Rooibos for over 50 years.

We were so blown away by the quality and care that Frans and Gerda put into their work that we asked if we could import their tea to Canada. They happily accepted, but on one condition. They wanted to trade a ton of their tea for our VW camper van. And just like that, Gathering Place Trading was born.

As our children have grown so has our business. As a family, we’ve travelled around the world to get to know our farmers. These excursions have helped deepen the values that we embed into our family and our business.

We’ve added over 50 products to our list of imports – over 70 tonnes per year in total.

Growing and Sourcing through Ethical, Sustainable, Family Farms Partnerships

The Gathering Place Trading family travels the world in search of farms and farmers growing organic ingredients sustainably and treating their farmers and employees fairly and with integrity.