Our Roots

Our goal from the beginning has always been to make you happier, healthier and more well informed about your health. Based in the beautiful Okanagan, MotherLove Ferments was inspired by the four seasons that unfold and the plethora of produce that the valley provides. Being outdoors, growing our own food and local eating are all right at our fingertips. Getting back to our roots is all about gaining a closer connection to our food. When we are about what we are eating, how it was produced and where it came from, we are able to access higher quality foods, decrease our carbon footprint and make a positive impact on our health. You can rest assured that everything thing that goes into our products comes from sources that we trust. Fermentation unlocks nutrients and creates added vitamins and probiotics that you wouldn't have had in the unfermented version of the food. That's why we choose the best base to ferment on so that the final fermented product is something that gives your body a boost and tastes great. Most of all, we want to expand people’s knowledge about ferments and show them that healthy can taste good too.

 
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Meet the ladies behind the booch

Bonded by their love for health and wellness, Allisha and Rochelle are fabulous fermentitas who founded MotherLove Ferments with the intention of spreading and sharing their passion for fermentation with their community and beyond. MotherLove specializes in kombucha tea and DIY starter kits. Allisha and Rochelle not only brew the best, organic kombucha possible but also empower and educate others to learn how to brew batches of delicious kombucha at home. They do their best to support other local companies and brew with the environment and sustainability in mind. 

Allisha Heidt

Allisha's love for kombucha and all things ferment began only a few years ago, but with anything she loves and does she jumps in feet first. Allisha has always naturally found herself in roles where she educates others. She is holds a Masters in Sustainability Planning, is a certified ESL teacher, certified Laughter Yoga leader, Kripalu trained yoga teacher and has 100 hours of training in holistic health coaching. Her passion to maintain the viability of the planet and support the local, organic food movement has inspired her to dedicate more of her time to inspiring others to take charge of their health using the power of probiotics and fermented foods. Alas this is how MotherLove Ferments was born.

Rochelle Minagawa

Rochelle has always had a close connection with food from childhood when her mom would cook their meals from scratch with the food from the garden. Her relationship with fermented foods took off in high school when she had her first taste of kombucha.  A few years later, and a little bit braver, she got a scoby from a friend and started experimenting at home. Kombucha led to kefir, which expanded into kimchi, kvass, sauerkraut and the vegetables that grew in her garden often ended up under a brine. After learning how to make miso the addiction continues. Having always been interested in health and involved in sport, Rochelle’s experience in teaching and coaching and passion for people, health and wellbeing has all aligned into MotherLove.