In 2005, a group of tea workers from India got together and created International Tea Day. The idea behind the group (and the day) was to share the plight of tea workers and to shed more light on the industry and its work force. As the tea industry continues to experience tremendous growth, it is important that traditions, quality and meaning are not lost. The living environments are often substandard and the wages extremely low. What is more, the large conventional tea estates spray the fields while the workers are there.
Now in its fifteenth year, the purpose of International Tea Day remains the same.
When we as tea consumers are better informed about the origins of our favourite beverage we can demand improved situations and salaries within the industry. When we purchase organic tea we support a healthier living and work environment for thousands of tea pickers worldwide.
On Sunday December 15th, we invite you to celebrate the day with us at the farm from 10am-5pm. Enjoy complimentary tea and explore the world of tea with our diverse selection of organic teas from different tea growing regions.
In honour of all the amazing tea workers worldwide, ceramic artist Margit Nellemann will be drawing for one of her beautiful handbuilt clay teapots.
Margit has given away a teapot for the past eleven years to raise awareness of the working conditions for tea pickers around the world.
You can sign up by visiting us at the farm or email firstname.lastname@example.org.