Darjeeling, 2. flush, Mandal Gaon signature
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Darjeeling, 2. flush, Mandal Gaon signature

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A lush green tea village on the mountain slopes of the Himalaya in Darjeeling at 5500 ft above sea level, known as Mandal Gaon. Like any other small tea grower in Darjeeling Mr Buddhasingh also used to sell green leaves to the nearby tea factory but he hardly had any control over the price. With the liberalisation of the tea plantation laws in Darjeeling, Moktan also took to tea plantation organically. Tea being a cash crop he soon transformed his farmland for the cultivation of Potato, corn and other vegetables into a tea garden in 1998. His plantation consists of more than 8000 tea bushes and he used to make a living by selling green tea leaves to the big factories and some other vegetable products from his farms. Mr Buddhasingh never used chemical even in his vegetable farm as he never felt the need to shift from the traditional farming methods. We have been putting up a lot of effort to encourage and motivate the small organic tea growers in Darjeeling to setup traditional micro tea processing plant to produce specialty teas and Mr Buddhasingh is one out of them to take up the challenge. He constructed a small handcrafted micro tea factory last year (Nov 2016) to process teas from his own organically grown tea farm and has successfully produced some fine artisanal teas. This is our 3rd experimental station which has been working very closely with our 2nd experimental station in Latumoni, Assam to develop some of the finest Oolong and black teas.

We are not in a position to afford the organic certification for his garden but still continues to adopt the traditional ways of farming. He also gets a lot of support and assistance from his son, daughter, wife and four permanent factory workers. We look forward to create some of the most amazing tea in the years to come.