Co-founders, Lovena and Ryan (pictured above) with their vintage VW campervan which they traded for a ton of Rooibos tea while visiting South Africa, subsequently starting GPT
The Harvey family on a product sourcing trip visiting farms in South Africa
Q & A with Gathering Place Trading
Where is your business located?
Gathering Place Trading (GPT) was founded on Cortes Island in 2003, and is now located in Campbell River on beautiful Vancouver Island.
What are the products that you create/grow?
We direct-source organic spices, teas, sea salt and dried fruits from family or cooperative farms in Canada and throughout the world, meeting each of our suppliers face to face to establish a direct relationship.
How long have you been in business?
What makes your product unique?
We inspect for environmental and social integrity, and only purchase the very best products we find, favouring family or cooperative farms. If a product grows in Canada, we source it here, and proudly offer a selection of Canadian Grown products. We founded GPT with this mission of "farmer-direct", creating more transparency in our global food system, and sharing this with our customers. Our vision of 'Farmer to Family, for Love of the Earth' guarantees the highest quality, freshest and most ethically produced food in the world.