A Case Study In Sustainable Tea

24Aug06

Madan Tamang, an ardent believer in sustainable agriculture has hit a home run with his Meghma Tea Estate.

He produces only small quantities of tea in his 7,000 foot high estate in Nepal. But what makes this tea stand out is the eco-friendly philosophy that pervades all aspects of production. All proceeds from sale of his tea are channeled into a fund that he hopes will eventually rejuvenate the precious Rhododendron forests in the Meghma region. When tea production is not on in full swing, he keeps the workers on the estate busy by using the bark of the native shade trees – Daphne bholua – to produce an eco-friendly hand-made paper called kobhalu.

Madan Tamang started the Meghma estate in 1999, and now produces teas every bit as good as those produced in Darjeeling. One of his specialities is the organic hand-rolled oolong tea that is simply superb. While not organic certified, this tea is produced using totally traditional organic farming techniques. It exudes the aroma of the native Daphne bholua and Rhododendron plants. With a light and smooth liquor and a trace of honeysuckle flavor, this oolong is distinctly different from the Chinese varieties.

Special thanks to Madan for providing us with his precious oolong tea from Meghma. We’re truly honored to make Honeybee Oolong Tea available online at The Simple Leaf.

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2 Responses to “A Case Study In Sustainable Tea”

  1. 1 Harki Sidhu

    It is great reading about what Madan Tamang, has done in sustainable agriculture. Congratulations to him, his team & to you for bringing this product to the consumer.
    We are also onto getting a ‘NEW’ system of Organic agriculture going in Abali T.E. in Arunachal Pradesh of India. This estete was put onto it 2 years ago & now after having tremendous success we are rolling this out to another estate in Arunachal, 1 in Assam and are in the process of looking at an estate in Darjeeling ahich is already organic, but wants to switch to this system.
    Why I have called it ‘new’ is because this system is based on Agriculture based over a century ago. It is called VriksAyurveda & the book was written in 1000 AD. We are putting the system in now. This plus other ancient wisdom has been put together and is being married to current scientific knowledge to get this going. It uses material from around the estate and so the whole system becomes much cheaper & we will start getting organic teas at low cost.

    We are having a lot of interest been shown ever since we held a seminar for producers in Assam in July. So we are gearing up the team to take up work in multi locations.
    Congratulations to all of you and all the best in converting more people onto sustainable organic agriculture

  2. Very interesting. I’d be interested in learning more about this method. How does it differ from “traditional” organic cultivation?


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