ETHICAL & SUSTAINABLY SOURCED
IN THE TEATULIA GARDEN
The Teatulia garden was created in the late 1990s, when the Kazi family acquired 2,000 of arid scrubland in Tetulia, northern Bangladesh. In 2000 cultivation of the garden began, using no-till techniques inspired by Masanobu Fukuoka, the Japanese philosopher-farmer.
To create the topsoil, they needed manure. To get manure, they needed cows. An innovative scheme was devised. They would lend the cows to local women, who would look after them in exchange for the manure. Once the loan was paid off, the women could keep the cows.
The first crop was harvested in 2004, making it the first organic tea to be grown in Bangladesh. Today the garden is more than 4,500 acres, and employs more than 3,500 women in planting, nurturing and picking the tea. Teatulia pays above good wages and provides healthcare and education, and is the main employer in one of the poorest regions on earth.
Women have traditionally been better than men at this work, and entrusting the women with the family finances helps ensure better opportunities for future generations. Only natural pesticides are used, made from the leaves of neem trees, and the Teatulia garden has become a thriving ecosystem of insects, mammals and birds.
Tea tastes better when you know where it comes from.
PICKING AND BLENDING
Tea leaves are hand-picked and then cut, dried and bagged on-site for export, using 100% organic, fair-trade processes. Only natural products, such as the leaves of neem trees, are used to deter pests
A THRIVING ECOSYSTEM
The garden was established 20 years ago on what used to be arid, unfertile ground. Now it is a lush, thriving ecosystem, with plants, insects, birds and other wildlife.