Grow Forward, a leadership philosophy in making the “box” bigger.

Since the several days of prep and endurance of Hurricane Dorian, I spent some time thinking about various blogs to write about. While I was initially planning on another horticulture-centric post, I made a decision to address and publish a certain aspect of the “Grow Forward,” slogan and how it relates not only to Hortfire…

Aloha with some volcanic tea from the big island of Hawaii!

So about two weeks ago, I got a package in the mail from one of my fellow US tea growers, Jim Chestnut. Jim and I from time to time talk to one another, and have a great mutual respect as far as domestic US tea growers/producers. Some information we share publicly and then there are…

Princess V and other tidbits….

Don’t let that smile fool you, like it fools everyone but mommy and daddy. Someone is full of energy and demanding of our time, yet we give it to her as much as we can. Still, mommy and daddy do find time to let each other have a break. With that said, don’t take my…

Growing the Hortfire family forward!

As 2018 has come to a close, we have gone through a lot of changes in the past year. Mr Hortfire got married to Mrs Hortfire, I announced in July a transformation within the company moving forward, we had two visiting scholars come visit and tour the tea at Caw Caw County Park and made…

A joyful visit to America’s heirloom camellia tea.

  In August, I had the honor to meet with Dr Donglin Zhang, University of Georgia and Dr Zhilong Hao, Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University. Both gentlemen came to Charleston for a very short trip to visit with me and to go look at the tea growing out at Charleston County Parks and Recreational Caw…

A reflection of my first “tea”cher, Mack Fleming.

This blog is a dedication to one of my former instructors from Trident Technical College, Mack Fleming. Mr. Fleming passed away this morning. He leaves behind a legacy of accomplishments, from the creation of the original Charleston Tea Plantation to the countless number of students he educated and went on to be successful. I want…

2018 Darjeeling First Flush Sampling

In continuing with a Darjeeling tea theme of blog postings, we were fortunate enough to receive four samples of First Flush tea from Darjeeling from Lochan Tea Limited.  We are extremely thankful for these samples.  We were very curious what 2018 and the First Flush would bring given the labor strike and unrest of 2017…