Steve Lorch is a surgical nurse by profession. His other job, is running a tea farm.
When you think of the world’s great tea-growing regions, you might think of parts of India, Sri Lanka, China or Kenya. Odds are, though, you don’t think of Lorch’s adopted hometown of Pickens, South Carolina — a small, economically-depressed place in Appalachia. But Lorch is on a mission to change that.
His company, Table Rock Tea, began with just one plant. He was running a clean water project in Kenya, where he fell in love with all things tea.
“I came home and bought a plant online and stuck it in our backyard in our subdivision where we were living. And it happened to grow,” says Lorch, pointing at that exact plant…