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RENEGADE COMMUNITY GARDEN

Renegade Community Garden connects 154 people from 19 different countries around the world. It is a home for 148 personal tea gardens in one of our plantations - Rioni Estate. Foremost, the owners of the small tea gardens are a part of the Renegade story and the history of reviving Georgian abandoned tea plantations together with us.

Renegade Community

How it all started?

It all started a few years back, in 2018 when we were at the beginning of our journey as tea farmers. We were thinking about the ways of how to expand the Renegade Community and one of them was having a personal tea garden in one of our plantations which in the end happend to be Rioni Estate. In 2018, 80 people started their tea farmer journey together with us by getting their personal tea gardens in the Renegade Community Garden. Two years later, in 2020 we allocated another 75 tea gardens.

148 personal tea gardens -
154 tea farmers around the globe

Renegade Community Garden, a home for 148 personal tea gardens

"It's not our tea,
that we are selling to you, it's your tea,
that we are
growing for you"

Why we wanted to share a part of our plantation?

There are mainly two reasons why we offered a part of our plantation to people.
Firstly, it is who we are as Renegade tea farmers. From day one, we didn't want to sell tea. There are already thousands of companies doing that. Instead, we wanted to be next-door tea farmers to our customers. We wanted others to be a part of our story. "It's not our tea, that we are selling to you, it's your tea, that we are growing for you" - this message on our boxes is the principle that guides us. So, we think it's pretty cool if more people join the Renegade tea farmers community, people who can call Renegade Tea Estate their own tea farm.

"It's not our tea,
that we are selling to you,
it's your tea, that we are
growing for you"

Second reason is a bit more earthly. There are hundreds of abandoned tea plantations in Georgia that could be brought back to life, but it's costly. Renegade Tea Estate has just three, but it's still a challenge to survive the first 3-4 years, while fighting with the weeds and waiting for the bushes to grow. While our team is brave and hardworking, none of us have an endless stash of gold, and we have also tried to avoid selling our souls to the bank. With the help of new tea farmers (as well as all the other contributors) we managed to share the initial investments during the start-up phase and in return we guarantee organically grown, tasty tea from their own garden for the next 25 years.

There are hundreds of abandoned tea plantations in Georgia that could be brought back to life, but it's costly.

From time to time we receive questions about whether there will be possible to get a personal tea garden and when we will allocate new tea gardens in the Renegade Community Garden. The honest answer is "we don't know at the moment", but if you would like to be notified, then leave us your e-mail and you will be the first one to know :)