Scottish tea? Hear how Lucy and her family have withstood the weather and are producing @tullochtea in the Highlands...
“I have always wanted to farm and grow things! I loved creating gardens as a child, and my Mum, Aunty, and Grandma are all avid gardeners, so I grew up learning about plants.
When I met my husband, we shared a dream to live on a smallholding and run a rural business.
We've always enjoyed foraging and creating our own hedgerow teas, and when we started looking into this as a business we discovered that a few people were experimenting with growing tea in Scotland, and we decided to give it a go!
Once we had decided that tea was what we wanted to do, we needed to find the right land. We knew we wanted enough space to become as self sufficient as possible, and we were lucky in being able to purchase our 5 acres of land and an old cottage near to where my Husband grew up in Sutherland.
When we bought our croft in the Scottish Highlands in 2016 it needed a lot of work. We have been working non-stop ever since, and in 2017 we planted 1,500 tea plants. We also have a small herd of goats, chickens, and ducks, and we’re building a house ourselves. We also have 2 young children, so it's quite a juggle!
I love spending so much time outside, being able to have our girls growing up in nature and learning about the natural world, the excitement of creating our own little paradise on this sunny Scottish hillside, the space, and the ability to structure my own time and be my own boss!
There’s a lot of work in getting the tea plants established, including weeding, watering, fertilising, and pruning - and as everything has to be done 1,500 times it's very time consuming!
This summer we will start to harvest our tea, and hopefully begin to sell small amounts in Autumn 2020.
There are two things that are top on our list of creating a more sustainable food system. One is creating biodiversity by introducing trees, herbs, and other plants which attract bees, birds and butterflies; the other is to be entirely organic. We make our own compost, mulch and fertiliser and no chemicals are used on the croft at all.”
#tea #teafarm #organictea #scotland #organic - 20 minutes ago