There are farms in Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, California, Alabama, Mississippi, Michigan and even New York. With tea increasingly on the rise in both the hearts and wallets of Americans, there are more and more people experimenting with growing tea in the U.S. That's where the United States League of Tea Growers comes in. They are working to bring tea growers together, share information and promote U.S. grown teas. Their blog has some really fascinating posts and they are only just getting started. I was lucky enough to attend their second annual meeting at the World Tea Expo this year.
At the expo, I obtained seeds of my own from Christine at Camellia Forest Nursery. They have been doing quite well on my windowsill in New Jersey. The tallest one is almost two inches high and is already sporting its first real bud. How exciting is that!