We have been very fortunate to be able to launch our tea research projects with grant support from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the US Department of Agriculture. However, competitive grants typically have a duration of only two or three years. This funding cycle can make it difficult to conduct long-term research on a perennial crop like tea, which is just starting to reach a productive age when the grant runs out. Donations to our UF Tea foundation fund can help us keep the work going so that we can learn more about mature tea plants, including information on input requirements and yields.
Currently, we are collecting donations towards a goal of $1000. This money will allow us to pay for the land rental, water, fertilizer, and other maintenance costs to keep our plants growing at the research site in Citra.