President’s Day and Tea

Abe LincolnWhat could President’s Day and tea have in common?  I mean, aside from the fact that our current sitting President is an admitted tea drinker?  Our friends at Scandalous Tea wrote up something a few years back that is interesting on a day like today!  Enjoy the read and thank you for Scandalous Teas for highlighting some great conversation starters…over a cup of US grown tea of course!


Tea Scale

Copyright S. Bambara

Copyright S. Bambara

Tea Scale. Not the kind you weigh the tea on. These insects infest the plants, feeding on the leaf and cause yellowing on the surface.  Thanks to the #TeaAcrossAmerica initiative, tea scale and its’ treatment was recently brought up in discussion.  Nigel Melican to the rescue!  Thank you to Tealet for providing Nigel with the platform to help both the large scale and backyard tea growers!  And such simple solutions too!

USLTG Makes USDA Radio!


Jason McDonald, of FiLoLi Tea Farm, and Rebecca Bates of the MSU Extension Program, were recently interviewed by Rod Bain of Agriculture USA, a show featured on USDA Radio.  In three separate interviews, they discussed economic benefits of tea farming and building a tea business, efforts to boost US tea production, and the launch of the US League of Tea Growers.  It’s a great representation of what’s being done here in the US and thank you to Jason and Rebecca for being excellent ambassadors!


#TeaAcrossAmerica Update

Thank you to Duke Harrington of for the photo and article!

Thank you to Duke Harrington of for the photo and article!

In November, we shared the story of the #TeaAcrossAmerica initiative started by Elyse Peterson and Jason McDonald.  In a nutshell, the goal was to have a tea plant growing in all 50 states and DC.  After a swift adoption process, waves of plants started shipping out in December.  The #TeaAcrossAmerica Facebook page is a consistent source of pictures, updates and name debuts, as well as an excellent source of assistance in keeping those plants alive and flourishing!

#TeaAcrossAmerica has a number of reasons for starting this, but one was to shed light on, and educate people about, growing tea here in the US.  CaMEllia TeaMEllia, the tea plant residing in Portland, Maine, has garnered local media attention and we encourage many of you that have adopted tea plants to reach out to your local media contacts as well.  Well played, CaMEllia TeaMellia, well played!

We will continue to post updates regarding the #TeaAcrossAmerica campaign here and encourage each of you to submit photos to the Facebook page.