sustainability

At Happy Valley, sustainability is what we stand for.

Happy Valley follows a holistic approach to agriculture encompassing environmental and social endeavours.

Happy Valley Tea is an organic product, the cultivation of which does not require artificial chemicals or chemical fertilisers. This enhances the richness of Happy Valley’s already legendary Darjeeling flavour.

Organic farming has brought new nourishment to our tea bushes through natural nutrients and use of compost. Strict adherence to organic practices reduces the risk of soil erosion, ground water pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and actually improves soil quality and water conservation thus encouraging biodiversity. It also means that workers are no longer exposed to harmful chemical pesticides. As a result, their health has improved.

Environment stewardship plays a key role at Happy Valley. Our operations are not only carbon neutral, but a significant amount of carbon is sequestered in our own gardens. We have adopted methods to meet the United Nation’s Sustainability Development Goals through social and environmental upliftment endeavours encompassing soil, plants, animals, air, energy and water, with our own framework that we call the Sustainability Flower.

Benefits of Organic Farming

Soil Nourishment

Provided by compost (cow dung, biomass). Legumious plants are grown to fix nitrogen for use by the plant.

Plant Treatment

Herbal sprays made from local plants are used to treat diseases.

Eco System, Pest Control

The natural pest predator cycle creates an internal balance in the ecosystem and keeps the pests in check.

Fungus Control

Natural bark paste and herbal sprays are used.

Weed Control

Weeds are cut and not removed to prevent soil erosion and landslides.

Food Quality

Sound soil management improves productivity and produces nutritious, healthy plants.

Biodiversity

Organic agriculture ensures biodiveristy in plantations as legumes, grasses, trees, herbs, fodder crop and biomass for compost is grown on the tea estate itself.

sustainability