Assam, India is an area famous for its malty rich black tea. When we first met tea growers in Assam, we were surprised to hear they were producing green teas ... huh? The pioneers of organic tea quickly saw the need to differentiate their tea from others. It made sense to put together the idea of healthful green tea with organic tea cultivation. Selling green tea within Assam was much easier than competing with long-established black tea brands.
Meet Someswar. Green tea grower, and organic champion.
Someswar grows and processes tea for Level Ground's Green Tea.
Remarkably, Someswar has been a Small Tea Grower since 1976. In fact, he was the first small tea grower registered in Assam! A small tea grower is someone who owns and operates a tea garden (like a sole proprietor) - often their garden is in their backyard or close by to their home. Officially Small Tea Growers may have a garden up to 10 hectares. The growers of Level Ground’s tea have gardens between 1-10 acres.
Someswar not only has pioneered the idea of small tea growing in Assam, but he is a champion of organic. He is an officially recognized trainer in organic tea growing and processing and uses his time to share the knowledge he's gained. Thanks to efforts like Someswar's, there will be more organic tea growers in Assam!