Packaging Up The Inaugural Harvest: Organic Oolong Tea
The tea leaves have now been divvied up into all the shares that were claimed in our campaign and are on their way to Eco-Cha HQ to be paired up with other parts of the perk packages to be sent to our backers. Here we are entering our friend's packaging store in Lugu, to oversee the shipment from tea country to the flat lands. Mr. Qiu's mom chatting freely while his daughter is ready to help:
Daughter and Mom making sure the boss does his job right!
Mr. Qiu's super nice (and efficient) daughter seamlessly assists in the process:
And off they go, three big boxes of tea leaves from the inaugural certified organic harvest of Mr. Lin's farm. The campaign has been successful, and now we can share the yield with YOU, the backers! We'll get all the perks packaged up and in the mail to you this week! Thank you all for bringing this project to fruition.
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