Grower Call To Action: Chilli Thrips and Tea Scales

ThripsDr. Chen, of LSU, in conjunction with other university professionals, is leading a USDA pest management alternative program on thrips and has approached because our tea growing members could be very helpful by providing samples. Members sending samples will be kept anonymous and data will be summarized by general geographic regions – several states will be grouped in a region so specific locations of the pests will not be disclosed. Timeline wise, now is a good time to observe these pests. Dr. Chen’s letter is below:

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NEW: Grower Spotlight

Tea House Timesby Naomi Rosen

We’d like to send a gigantic thank you to Gail and the team at The Tea House Times! They have graciously offered the USLTG a regular monthly column on their blog, and we’ve decided that that space would be best served spotlighting our US tea growers!

There are a few ways you can help us out!

  1. Visit the Tea House Times blog and check out the very first grower spotlight: Tsubaki Camellias, Inc.
  2. Let us know what you’d like to hear about from US tea growers! What questions should we ask? What information is helpful to other growers? You can do so in the comments section below, or email our Media team directly at naomi@joysteaspoon.com.
  3. Last, but certainly not least, let us know if you and your tea growing venture would like to be featured. You must grow tea in the US, and you must be a member of the USLTG in good standing. Again, you can email our media team at naomi@joysteaspoon.com!

Again, thank you so much to The Tea House Times for supporting US tea growing efforts and thank you to our growers that are willing to share a bit about their gardens.

Why Join The USLTG At The Founder’s Level?

Founding FathersAs you’ve heard by now, the USLTG is now accepting members! There are four levels to choose from and we are excited to unveil the Founder’s Level ($1000.00/one time payment) for a limited time only!

  • First, and foremost, a member at this level will be confident in knowing that they are providing the USLTG with the much needed funds to accomplish our mission.
  • You will be publicly demonstrating your faith and confidence in the bright future of US tea growing.
  • As a Founder, you can be either a Full Member (growers), an Associate Member, or Supplier (this includes our international tea growing supporters).
  • Founding members will be presented with a plaque of recognition that can be displayed proudly in your place of business…or on your tractor.
  • Founding members will be featured on our “Founding Members” webpage and will be mentioned in USLTG newsletters, emails and media releases throughout the year.
  • Founding members will be provided with a digital “Stamp of Membership” that can be used on marketing materials, websites, and print items.
  • Companies joining at the Founder’s Level will have one named representative per payment. This nomination will be transferable upon written notice to the USLTG.
  • Founder’s level membership will only be available until March 31, 2017.

We welcome any questions you might have about the Founder’s Level, or membership within the league in general. For more information, please contact Josephie Dean Jackson, Membership Chair, at jdj@eastexastea.com!

 

USLTG Makes USDA Radio!

USDA

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 KeepMeCurrent.com for the photo and article!

Thank you to Duke Harrington of KeepMeCurrent.com 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.