Tea Pictures

Meadowfruit Pictures
 On the road to Iyerpadi. Don't be fooled, if you have food and don't hand it over, these monkeys will know

On the road to Iyerpadi. Don't be fooled, if you have food and don't hand it over, these monkeys will know

 A last look back to the heat drenched plains. With every hairpin curve the air becomes cooler.

A last look back to the heat drenched plains. With every hairpin curve the air becomes cooler.

 Time for a tea break

Time for a tea break

 There is no pinker pink than that of a bougainvillea

There is no pinker pink than that of a bougainvillea

 Sunset over the Anamalai mountains

Sunset over the Anamalai mountains

 The tea is processed in the factory in the tea estate

The tea is processed in the factory in the tea estate

 No littering - in the organic garden or otherwise

No littering - in the organic garden or otherwise

 Shade trees provide exactly the right kind of protection to the young shoots on the tea bushes

Shade trees provide exactly the right kind of protection to the young shoots on the tea bushes

 Tea workers live on the estate and of course there is a temple, too

Tea workers live on the estate and of course there is a temple, too

 Good pluckers create a level 'plucking table'. From afar the bushes look like a thick, green carpet.

Good pluckers create a level 'plucking table'. From afar the bushes look like a thick, green carpet.

 Two leaves and a bud

Two leaves and a bud

 Organic tea gardens are home to many birds and wild animals

Organic tea gardens are home to many birds and wild animals

 Plucking needs skill and concentration

Plucking needs skill and concentration

 Lower grade tea is ocaccasionally harvested with shears

Lower grade tea is ocaccasionally harvested with shears

 Keeping hydrated is essential

Keeping hydrated is essential

 Regualr morning visitor in Iyerpadi

Regualr morning visitor in Iyerpadi

 Quality control: samples are being brewed and tasted

Quality control: samples are being brewed and tasted

 For the quality of the tea, colour and consistency of the leaf matters as well as taste

For the quality of the tea, colour and consistency of the leaf matters as well as taste

 Wild animals, including tigers, are safe in the Anamalai mountains

Wild animals, including tigers, are safe in the Anamalai mountains

 In Iyerpadi, a whole team is busy identifying and breeding beneficial insects

In Iyerpadi, a whole team is busy identifying and breeding beneficial insects

 Organic sprays make tea leaves taste bad for sucking and biting pests

Organic sprays make tea leaves taste bad for sucking and biting pests

 Good bacteria and fungi can be tested for and bred in the lab

Good bacteria and fungi can be tested for and bred in the lab

 No escape! Insect trap

No escape! Insect trap

 On their way to the weighing station

On their way to the weighing station

 Watching closely as the  plucked leaves get weighed and the weight is entered electronically against her name

Watching closely as the plucked leaves get weighed and the weight is entered electronically against her name

 Members of the 'Joint Body' (Fair Trade) are elected; the electon campaing is serious business

Members of the 'Joint Body' (Fair Trade) are elected; the electon campaing is serious business

 The headband helps distribute the weight, both hands remain free to pluck

The headband helps distribute the weight, both hands remain free to pluck

 Weighing station

Weighing station

 The Lines - where tea workers and their families live

The Lines - where tea workers and their families live

 Some of the things the 'Joint Body' decided to buy for every family with FairTrade money

Some of the things the 'Joint Body' decided to buy for every family with FairTrade money

 Being an elected member of the Joint Body is a prestigious job and merrits wearing one's best sari

Being an elected member of the Joint Body is a prestigious job and merrits wearing one's best sari

 The fresh leaves are ready to be collected and delivered to the factory

The fresh leaves are ready to be collected and delivered to the factory

 Of course visitors will be served some tea!

Of course visitors will be served some tea!

 Where do they take the energy from at the end of the day?

Where do they take the energy from at the end of the day?

 Next stop Bollywood

Next stop Bollywood

 The temple on the plantation in the evening sun

The temple on the plantation in the evening sun

 Volleyball training is serious business

Volleyball training is serious business

 Withering is the first step of processing

Withering is the first step of processing

 In the roller the leaves are crushed, the cell walls break open and oxidation begins

In the roller the leaves are crushed, the cell walls break open and oxidation begins

 The oxidisation is stopped through the heat of 'firing'. The timing is essential for the quality.

The oxidisation is stopped through the heat of 'firing'. The timing is essential for the quality.

 In the Anamalai mountains they have the right of way.

In the Anamalai mountains they have the right of way.

Meadowfruit Pictures

Tea Pictures
 MeadowFruit orchard on the slopes of the Swabian Alb mountains in southern Germany

MeadowFruit orchard on the slopes of the Swabian Alb mountains in southern Germany

 Joy unleashed

Joy unleashed

 Late afternoon

Late afternoon

 Looking for accomodation?

Looking for accomodation?

 Summer

Summer

 The kid is coming along

The kid is coming along

 Independent control visit for the MeadowFruit association

Independent control visit for the MeadowFruit association

 To steep for growing corn, but ideal for grass and fruit trees

To steep for growing corn, but ideal for grass and fruit trees

 There are many ways to help and protect the environment

There are many ways to help and protect the environment

 MeadowFruit pear trees can grow into 100ft giants

MeadowFruit pear trees can grow into 100ft giants

 The home town of the Manufaktur has apples and secondary users already in the coat of arms

The home town of the Manufaktur has apples and secondary users already in the coat of arms

 Nope, not happening (office of the Manufaktur Geiger in the background)

Nope, not happening (office of the Manufaktur Geiger in the background)

 Compared to modern fruit orchards MeadowFruit trees are loners

Compared to modern fruit orchards MeadowFruit trees are loners

 Pollinator food a plenty, after the bloom of the fruit trees come the meadow flowers

Pollinator food a plenty, after the bloom of the fruit trees come the meadow flowers

 There is room for everyone

There is room for everyone

 Can we have some privacy here!?'

Can we have some privacy here!?'

 Meadow orchard with a view

Meadow orchard with a view

 Fear of heights isn't an option

Fear of heights isn't an option

 Scouting out a new pasture

Scouting out a new pasture

 Nothing improves soil quality more than grazing animals

Nothing improves soil quality more than grazing animals

 Apple delivery at the Manufaktur Jörg Geiger

Apple delivery at the Manufaktur Jörg Geiger

 All sorted

All sorted

 No place for bad apples

No place for bad apples

 Water is used to flush the fruit from the collection tank into the processing facility

Water is used to flush the fruit from the collection tank into the processing facility

 A net helps with fruit collection

A net helps with fruit collection

 Credits are given for putting up bird boxes

Credits are given for putting up bird boxes

 Castle Hohenneuffen

Castle Hohenneuffen

 Some dead wood means nothing for a MeadowFruit tree

Some dead wood means nothing for a MeadowFruit tree

 Small holder delivering fruit at Manufaktur Jörg Geiger

Small holder delivering fruit at Manufaktur Jörg Geiger

 The fruit are washed and hand selected

The fruit are washed and hand selected

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