Prince Charles on Organic Farming

Some of you may know that Prince Charles is a keen environmentalist and organic farmer and champions many causes devoted to sustainability.  Earlier this week, he spoke at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.,  at a conference entitled "The Future of Food" where he challenged the notion that organic farming cannot feed the world.  For those of us who are advocates of organic agriculture, we oppose the theory that GMOs (genetically modified organisms) provide the greatest hope in feeding the world's growing population.  The alternative - organic agriculture - not only addresses the issue of food shortages but is also good for the planet.  Prince Charles highlighted a key study illustrating the high yields organic agriculture can achieve.  Hear more of his keynote Read More...

 May 05, 2011  |  Written by Anupa Mueller

Tea leaves as compost

As the Tea Room was closing yesterday, a man rushed in asking, "Do you have my tea leaves"?  I happened to be there and wondered what was going on.  Here's the back story.  Apparently, for the past month or so, this gentleman, Dominic, has been coming in fairly regularly and taking our infused tea leaves for his garden.  In his quest to plant a healthy garden, he read that natural compost was a must.  He remembered that Starbucks often put out coffee grounds outside their cafés for anyone to pick up and not being near a Starbucks but what he called "the best tea shop in the country", he figured why not ask.  He recalled that his mother drank tea and always used tea leaves as...

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 Apr 09, 2011  |  Written by Anupa Mueller

Rajah Banerjee/Makaibari in the news

I got a very excited call from my sister-in-law last week saying she heard Rajah quoted on NPR Marketplace (National Public Radio).  I couldn't believe it!   So here it is - a short piece on organic co-operatives in Darjeeling.  Read or listen to it.   Rajah has been nurturing this fledgling operation to grow and manufacture organic tea and has procured buyers for their leaf.  EKTA, the name of the co-operative, means Unity - a fine name.  One more step towards sustainable farming. (Photo shows Rajah with Sencha and Jade, two German Shepherds.  In the background, a royal Bengal tiger, from the days of yore when no one knew any better).

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 Sep 21, 2010  |  Written by Anupa Mueller

Using tea leaves for planting

Our Tea Room is in historic Tarrytown, a Hudson River town and part of a nice, thriving restaurant corner.  Some of us have outdoor sidewalk cafes in the summer, April - November.  Right next to us is Lefteris Gyro, the very popular Greek restaurant.  Bobby, the manager, is a great friend and neighbor and helps us with all manner of things - yesterday he put up our new green and white outdoor umbrellas.  He's also been busy at work getting ready for his vegetable and flower planting and has been collecting our daily used tea leaves and mixing them into his potting soil.  This year we're working with a local flower shop and having them bring in flowers for our planters.  Bobby...

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 Apr 25, 2010  |  Written by Anupa Mueller

Earth Day - April 22, 2010

It's the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day!  Hard to believe.  We're conscious of the individual effort that each of us can make and Silver Tips will participate by raising the awareness of Organic food.  We will serve Makaibari Organic tea (Black, Green, Oolong and Silver Tips) at a special discounted price all day and have the beautiful coffee table book, "The Rajah of Darjeeling" available for sale at a bargain basement price of $10.  The earth is ours and we are its custodians.  At Silver Tips, we have changed all our copy paper to earth-friendly content, our packing peanuts are biodegradable, our sample cups are green, our paper towels are recycled, our water is from the faucet, not a bottle and our electricity is 100%...

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 Apr 21, 2010  |  Written by Anupa Mueller
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