Harold Sellers

Harold Sellers

Gleaners get a boost

The North Okanagan Valley Gleaners Society is is teaming up with Back to Earth Enviro Products

The North Okanagan Valley Gleaners Society is is teaming up with Back to Earth Enviro Products to ship dehydrated food to Africa.

“I have always wanted to feed a village. This is the perfect super food to do that with,” said Kiley Routley, founder of Back to Earth.

Routley met with Harold Sellers, of the North Okanagan Valley Gleaners Society, during last year’s Harvest Festival and began planning the donation to Africa.

A total of 2,100 pounds of Back to Earth’s marquee product, Weeds and Seeds cereal, was shipped to Tanzania and possibly Ghana.

“It is a product similar to our dry soup mix and it seems to be a fit to our clients,” said Sellers.

Weeds and Seeds contains many essential vitamins and minerals from nuts and a variety of plants.

The gleaners society has been around since 2009 and it takes surplus donated fruits and vegetables and turns them into dehydrated soup mix. The group has shipped about 14 containers of food around the world since starting.

Back to Earth was a company that Routley started in her kitchen, and as the enterprise has grown, she has decided to get involved in the community.

“Our mandate was to give back and that is how we built our company,” said Routley.

Back to Earth also makes organic baby products, herbal remedies, teas and household cleaners.