Tree farmer starts first tea farm in Mississippi
When Hurricane Katrina destroyed his timber stand in 2005, Lincoln County landowner Jason McDonald searched for an alternative crop.
In May 2012, he visited the Charleston Tea Plantation in South Carolina and began to consider growing the crop himself.
“I wanted something that was sustainable and better at resisting storm damage,” McDonald said. “As long as tea plants are managed well, they are low-growing, which makes them able to survive high winds.”