Where tea is grown in the United States

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US Grown Tea

Is tea grown in the United States? It sure is! American grown tea is growing in popularity. Tea farms have been popping up all around the country, here’s a run-down of what we’ve got so far (this post will be updated periodically). Also, be sure to visit the US League of Tea Growers:

Farms currently producing US grown tea:


  • Fairhope Tea Plantation – [article]
  • Bob Sims, Andalusia Tea LLC – [Facebook]
  • Robert McArthur, Mobile – [No Link]




  • Waverly Tea Estate, Polk County [No Link]
  • Green Tea Plants, Deland Florida [website]

South Carolina

  • Table Rock Tea – [website]
  • Charleston Tea Plantation – [website]



  • William Luer has been growing tea in the New Orleans area since 2003. See his comment below.




  • Great Mississippi Tea Co. – [website]

New York

North Carolina

  • Camellia Forest Tea Gardens – [website]




BC, Canada

  • BC Tea Growers Society – [website]
  • Teafarm, North Cowichan – [website]

Any others you know of? Let me know!

Comments (35)

  1. Do you have a list of organic tea growers in the US?

  2. i am a degree holder in Tea Technology and Value Addition in University of Uva Wellassa in Sri lanka. I am happy to here about the news of Growing tea in USA.

  3. Thank you for this on USA grown teas. I wonder if you could take another step: are any of these growers using organic methods? I understand that tea is particularly toxic as to the amount of pesticides used in it’s production, and am looking for a US (not China or Japan) source to obtain my organic tea. Again, thanks for the research for me!

    1. Hi Carol, I would continue down that path to note organic or not organic, but I don’t know if that will get us anywhere. Your comment about tea being “particularly toxic” strikes me — tea is not particularly toxic. All tea sold in the United States must meet MRL (maximum residue level) requirements and are generally safe for consumption. China and Japan make some of the best teas in the world and organic practices are in use there in large amounts, you just have to find them.

      1. I would like to add to your comments regarding pesticide exposures, acceptable doses and risks…

        The Dose is the Poison: All things are poison and nothing (is) without poison; only the dose makes that a thing is no poison.

        In other words, the amount of a substance a person is exposed to is as important as the nature of the substance. For example, small doses of aspirin can be beneficial to a person, but at very high doses, this common medicine can be deadly. In some individuals, even at very low doses, aspirin may be deadly.

        This is the battle cry for most regulations in the US regarding acceptable does of a poison, but studies are proving this no longer holds true. Most incidences of cancer, thyroid problems and endocrine disruption are caused even at sub lethal levels, not to mention the ecological damage that is done to local systems.

        Organic and Biodynamic farmers are leading growth rates in all industries as the ever growing increase and demand for safe food and products grow.

        I hope your book will be an all inclusive look into the world of tea aficionado’s.

        Good luck and keep me posted! I LOVE all teas and look forward to learning more.

  4. Hi Tony: Things are doing fine here, I hope I get into your book for California growers.
    Thanks again for the tea time at David ‘s.
    From a tea friend Mike
    PS Come on up and see things how they are.

  5. Tony: Golden Feather Tea is north and east of Roy Fong, in the Sierra Nevada foothills about 3 hrs. Some excellent growing grounds for Camellia Sinensis. If you like gold .you’ll like our tea. Planted in 2010.

    1. Hi Michael,
      Do you sell your tea wholesale?…If so, can you send me a price list? Im in the process of setting up an online tea outlet and am in need of some suppliers.


  6. I’m looking for job opening in your company .At the moment i’m working for the largest tea plantation company in the world for the last 15 years…will provide more information if your are interested, would appreciate if i could be contracted if my profile suits your requirement,

  7. Mike Fritts at Golden Feather Tea!!!! http://tealet.com/grower/profile/23

  8. Hi – I am thinking about trying to grow tea – I live on a 30 acre agricultural property near Pescadero, California. I see you only have one tea farm in California. Is it not realistic to grow camellia sinensis here? Any suggestions how to get started if it is possible? Thank you! Enjoyed your blog, looking forward to your book!!

    1. First I think you’ll find that the tea “farm” in California has yet to produce any tea and, as far as I know, hasn’t successfully left the greenhouse yet. As far as I can tell, the main problem is soil acidity – much of California has alkaline soils and most of the ground and surface water is also alkaline (above 8 pH). This is a serious issue since you cannot rely on rainfall during the growing season in California, even if you have acid soils. Thus, to grow tea in California you’ll be constantly fighting high pH and if your soil has much clay in it, that will be a costly ordeal. In all likelihood a California grower would need vast quantities of acidifiers on a permanent, ongoing basis. Yet, Mr. Fong hasn’t given up, and he may very well finally succeed at producing tea in the ground out there…we’ll see.

  9. Dunaway Gardens in Newnan, Georgia currently has over an acre planted in tea with more on the way. Dunaway expects to be the first Certified Organic commercial tea operation in in North America! The farm plans to offer some tea blended with small amounts of its Georgia-grown stuff later this year, and should have its first commercial harvest next year, in 2015. Dunaway plans to pick its tea by hand and has plots both with shade trees and without, though it wants to eventually incorporate shade trees into most of its operation. The Dunaway Gardens website will be adding information about its tea fields and products later this year; I will let you know when it is up and running. Thanks!

    1. Hi Jeffery,
      Can you let me know when your harvest is ready? Also, do you have a price list that I can see. I’d love to check out your stash!


  10. Years ago we could smell tea all over the house when it was making. Now it has hardly any smell
    or taste. Do you know what they changed, and how I could get some of the good taste of years past.

  11. There’s Golden Feather Tea out of Northern California too: http://tealet.com/grower/profile/23

  12. Hi Tony,
    You’re doing a great job…I love your stuff. Just wanted to share info on another tea farm on the Big Island:
    Hawaii Rainforest Tea – http://tealet.com/grower/profile/13

    1. Thanks so much JoAnn, I added Hawaii Rainforest tea. There are so many in Hawaii now, I wish I knew all of them when I visited summer ’13.

  13. I have been growing tea in New Orleans, Louisiana, since 2003. I have a small tea garden consisting of 35 plants. I make white tea, green tea, oolong tea, and red (black) tea on a regular basis during the growing season. I call the tea 30/90 Tea based on the latitude and longitude of New Orleans. I am not a commercial farm.

    1. William, that’s awesome. Would you like me to add you to the list?

      1. Yes, thank you.

    2. I didn’t know that there is a green tea garden in Louisiana.
      I’m working at LSUagcenter (Baton Rouge, LA)
      I’m always thinking of green tea application to Louisiana Sugar Mills as a scientist.
      Someday I’d like to visit your small garden.
      Could I get your place address?

  14. Thanks for starting this list of tea farms in the US. It’s such a helpful resource! I knew that there were farms in Hawaii, but there are a lot more than I realized. I wish more of the growers had online tea shops or links to places where you can buy their tea online. But I guess they’re too busy farming.

  15. Charleston Tea Plantation is located on Wadmalow Island, about 30 min south of Charlestion SC. It has been growing and producing tea for more than 100 years. http://www.charlestonteaplantation.com/Default.aspx

    Here in Florida, the camilia sinensis grows very well, producing beautiful blooms. Just needs to be kept where it gets good drainage and not too much water.

  16. I find it interesting to see that most of the plantations are in Hawaii. I was wondering why this was the case until I read in Wikipedia that Mauna Kea was more than 4000 meters above sea level. Thanks for the great post!

    1. Elevation doesn’t make great tea as much as a subtropical climate.

  17. Wow. I had NO idea tea was grown in the US, but now that I think about it, that was kind of idiotic of me to assume it wasn’t. I’d be really curios to try some of the US grown teas to see how they stack up against the Asian ones.

  18. Also, don’t forget the Fairhope Tea Plantation in Fairhope, Alabama.

    I think it might also be useful to indicate which of these farms use clonally-propagated tea (rather than seedling-grown plants) as well as which ones hand-pick their tea as opposed to using machines. Also, I believe only 1-2 farms in Hawaii are growing their tea under any kind of shade….

  19. Amazing! We have to admit that we didn’t know anything about tea cultivation in the United States! We have seen some figures, but nothing serious and we have never thought that there are in fact so many tea farms out there. I guess the world will soon start to import tea from the United States also, not only from the Asian countries. Very useful article, thanks for sharing!

  20. Correction! :) Sakuma Bro’s is in Washington state.

    1. woops! thanks for the correction. fixed it!

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