Estates & Farms

GREENFIELD estate

Area : 83.40ha
Workforce : 190 workers

The Greenfield Tea Estate specializes in ORGANIC Fairtrade Ceylon Teas. The organic tea project commenced in 1992. The estate nestles among the hills on the southern edge of the Uva Highlands of Sri Lanka (Thotulagala, Haputale), at an altitude of 5000-6000ft where the climate is cool and the air beautifully clear. Roses and jasmine grow around the tea factory, and their fragrance is backed by the heady smell of newly processed tea. Looking down from the estate over emerald carpets of tea, the hot and dusty southern plains of Sri Lanka stretch out before you and on clear days the coast shimmers in the far distance.

We produce some of the finest teas whilst maintaining two other priorities besides exceptional organic tea: people and the environment. The tea estate is inspected annually by Control Union(The Netherlands).

Greenfield Teas are fragrant and sweet. The Northeast and Southwest monsoons add exceptional flavour, aroma and texture to these classic Uva teas. The Northeast monsoon winds travel across the Indian Ocean, picking up moisture from the Bay of Bengal and creating clouds that pour rain over the Uva Province as the clouds lift to go over the mountains. The Northeastern monsoons take place from December to early March when the surface high-pressure system is strongest. The Southwestern summer monsoons occur from June through September.

The first flush seasonal teas of Greenfield Estate are a must try have been accolade by prestigious bodies.
Awards:
Fine Foods Great Taste award : Organic Black Tea OP & Earl Grey blend
Soil Association award : Chai blend

HARRINGTON estate

Harrington Estate is a concept Organic estate modeling an absolute self sustainable farming community. Located in Kotagala at altitudes of 3000-5000 feet from MSL, this estate introduces Dimbulla teas to the Greenfield tea line. This estate project commenced in 2008 and is now a completely operational organic certified estate.

The climate is still cool. The beautiful creepers embellished with fiery red blooms and a plethora of other sensational colors serenade this hilly landscape of tea bushes. Cadmium sparrows, bright green & orange Bee Eaters and golden Orioles flutter around suckling nectars from these flowers. The tea bushes witnessing this blush away to produce the strong bodied and brisk tea, characteristic of Dimbulla.

Dimbulla is drenched by the monsoon during August and September and produces its best teas during the dry month of January and February. The tea leaves of this region are long and wiry give an exquisite taste, with body and strength and a powerful aroma.

The estate is in the process of being Fairtrade and UTZ certified.

Self Sustenance & Community

  • The factory has been rebuilt by estate workers and local contractors and is operational employing the local community. Tea nurseries have been developed to re-establish the estate tea.
    • A school was built with support from the Government and NGO’s at the estate with a focus of educating the younger generation and opening out the mere idea of higher education and the job opportunities that come along with it.
    • Housing and sanitation have been greatly improved for the population of the estate, and a range of benefits, services and facilities introduced to meet the needs of the workers and their families. 50 houses are being built at Harrington for the 50 families involved in the tea project (funded by the Government, donor agencies and the management). Each family has been granted a cow as part of an initiative concerning their welfare. The milk from the cows is for the families’ consumption and the dung is used for soil nourishment. The projects aim to keep the money within the estate allowing workers space to grow their own vegetables for personal use and sale within the estate or locally.
    • Other projects include the provision of computer skills classes for all estate workers and their families at Greenfield estate to provide additional income.
    • As part of the health, sanitation and environmental program, we also introduced a proper garbage disposal project and educated the local population on the benefits of the same. Each household was given 2 garbage bins, one for degradable items and one for non-degradable items. The household members were trained to use the degradable garbage for composting. The non-degradable material which consisted of plastics, glass, metal etc were then collected and sorted. This project was a success in maintaining a clean environment for households.

Environment: Organic & Forest Garden

The forest garden concept is a system of farming that is modeled on natural woodlands. Forests have been cut down to create farm lands. Under the forest garden system however, various crops are grown in a 7 canopy layer as in the forest to mimic the natural eco system. This implies that a large number of plants coexist in the same farmland (biodiversity). The system is more adaptive and resilient towards changing conditions which may be favorable for certain plants and not all. If a single crop is grown with certain weather conditions for example the crop may reduce or suffer a great deal. With the forest garden system the same condition could be beneficial for another crop in the farmland. The soil improves a great deal under this system. For instance, Deep rooted plants extract nutrients from depth and make them available to shallow rooted plants. This is a sustainable farming method.

Our Teas are:
• Certified Organic : USDA-NOP, EU, JAS, NASSA
• Fairtrade certified
• Forest Garden certified
• Directly from the grower
• Award winning teas

“The organic and fairtrade tea project that started in 1992, was part of my dream to shift from conventional farming to organic, despite the many hindrances and cost restraints, and to ensure an identity to a community of estate workers, brought from India by the British during colonization of this paradise island. I, myself, am from this displaced community and took it as my duty and responsibility to see this illiterate and marginalized community foster through future generations.
To steer away from the greed to make more, to a business that yields less but is ethical both socially and environmentally, and of course healthy, was not an easy choice. Yet I did it because of my belief in its goodness to our planet and my passion for the same. My ultimate goal is to bring back pride to the grower, and an identity to the farmer. We embrace fairtrade policies in our farms and tea estates”.
– Muthu, Organic farmer/ Founder Greenfield

It was indeed a tough fight against conventional farming practices and sheer belief and perseverance that lead us to where we stand today, an ethical organic and fairtrade tea and food producers & Sri Lankan Organic Tea exporters to Europe, Australia and Japan.

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  • EU Fairtrade
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  • Nassa, Bio Suisse
  • BSI, Ethical Tea Partnership
  • Fair Trade, Forest Garden Product
  • Carbon Neutral, Ceylon Tea

Awards