Now that I have gotten somewhat past the initial shock of these majestic surroundings, let me introduce you to a whole new shock – the incredible natural farming methods used in this tea garden. First let me start by saying that natural farming doesn’t always mean organic, and vice versa. In this case, Tetulia is USDA certified organic, but also employs the natural farming methods of Masanobu Fukuoka.
Masanobu Fukuoka is a trained microbiologist from Japan. After a short while specializing in plant pathology, he soon returned to his family farm to explore the methods of organic, natural farming. The Masanobu Farming method does not require tilling or plowing – natural groundcover is utilized, no chemicals or pesticides are used, weeds are considered part of the ecosystem, and natural, organic trees are used for shade. Not only are all of these wonderful plants used, but insects, animals, and weather all play a part.
Tetulia is the first and possibly only tea garden to use the Fukuoka farming methods. We pride ourselves on bringing you a premium, fresh, clean tasting tea, but we also pride ourselves on nurturing the land and natural resources that allow us to bring you such a fine tea.
“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops,
but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.” – Masanobu Fukuoka