smallfarmersrock wrote:It's all a bit more complicated than that. There isn't any real "Direct Trade" in the tea world. Ask your local specialty tea shop and they will tell you that they buy from brokers.
This is not actually true. There are direct tea buyers who sell to the end consumer. Many of these develop relationships with the farmers and nurture long term sustainability.
So, you are affiliated with this organization/coop that also sells tea and other ag products?
Where is this organization located, headquartered? Who are the officers? Is it a nonprofit organization? Is there a publicly available financial statement, annual?
Sorry to ask direct questions, but there are a lot of wolves in sheeps clothing.