The launch of a Hawaii tea co-op, the first not for profit consumer cooperative tea business in the world will happen on February 1st, 2017 at 10am – 4pm at the Akatsuka Orchid Gardens, in Volcano, Hawaii.
- Nigel Melican, Chairman,TeaCraft Ltd. (U.K): A global business development consultant to the leading world tea businesses.
- Chairman, Kawasaki Kiko Ltd. (Japan): leading manufacturer of automated tea farming and tea processing equipment.
- Jason McDonald, Founder of The Great Mississippi Tea Company and Co-Founder/Vice President of The Hawaii Medicinal Tea and Herb Cooperative (HawaiiTea.Coop).
- Grif Frost: Co-Founder/President of The Hawaii Medicinal Tea and Herb Cooperative (HawaiiTea.Coop). Expert in not for profit consumer cooperative development.
- Takeshi Akatsuka, Vice President, Akatsuka Orchid Gardens, the site of the Hawaii Tea Co-op.
Purpose: Provide A-Z, tea business development services, for Hawaii Tea enthusiasts.
Mission: Develop a model, which can be replicated, to help other tea enthusiasts worldwide, work together, to sustainably grow their tea businesses.
Services to be offered:
- Propagation services: contract growing of the ideal tea plants, for specific geographical locales in Hawaii.
- Farm Design services: contract selection and design of tea farm sites, suitable for automated equipment use.
- Minimum tea farm acreage: 1 acre. There must a minimum of 10 acres of Co-op contracted tea farms, within a 5-minute driving radius.
- Farm Site Preparation services: contract preparation of sites for automated tea planting services.
- Planting Services: contracted automated tea planting services.
- Growing Services: contracted automated pruning, pest control and fertilization services.
- Harvesting Services: contracted automated tea plant harvesting services.
- Processing Services: contracted processing services to prepare harvested tea for consumption
- Sales Services: contracted sales of packaged tea
- Research and Development Services: contracted research and development related to Hawaii tea community development.
50 seats available to people interested in participating in the development of the Hawaii Tea Co-op. Price $250 ($200 may be applied to the purchase of Hawaii Tea Co-op shares). A tea and food pairing lunch will be served.
How to order: visit www.HawaiiTea.Coop to reserve your seat.