The Aqua Vitea Story - as told by Jeff Weaber, Founder, Brewer and Farmer
In 2005 my wife and I moved to Salisbury, Vermont from Portland, Oregon. Oregon was our home for nine years as Katina pursued medical degrees in Naturopathy, midwifery, and acupuncture.
During my time in Oregon, I became a brewer for The Lucky Labrador Brewing Co. Although an ideal job, I struggled to maintain a healthy lifestyle and strived to find a way to integrate the two. Fortunately, I was in a unique position to be learning about brewing and fermentation at work while being exposed to the philosophy of Naturopathic medicine at home. Katina taught me about functional foods (using food as medicine) and the governing role of the digestive system on a persons overall health.
As soon as I learned about Kombucha from the Nourishing Traditions cookbook and the Weston A. Price foundation, I knew I had found a way to brew, and sustain a healthy lifestyle while integrating both of our skills. So I began brewing Kombucha and experiencing many of its wonderful health effects first hand. I shared my surplus with friends, co-workers and classmates and was amazed by its popularity with both the naturopathic and beer drinking crowds alike. The more I learned about the benefits of Kombucha the more passionate I became about brewing it and making it available to my community.
Also during this time we became very involved with the local food movement and developed strong community ideals. We believe it is the responsibility of an individual to provide a component that will strengthen their community. For an individual or business to achieve success they must share a symbiotic or mutually beneficial relationship with their community. Furthermore, the health of the community depends on the health of its individuals, and an individual's health begins with food.
For Katina and me, this dedication has translated into Aqua Vitea Kombucha and Salisbury Natural Family Health, which allow us the opportunity to educate and offer people alternatives to bring their lives into a healthy balance.