Tenzing at Elephant Friendly Farm, photo credit Tenzing Bodosa

Tenzing is Elephant Friendly in Bodoland, India

The elephant human interaction in India is a complex environmental issue. Elephants are both revered and feared by Indians. Both people and elephants can die when their paths intersect. Some farms in India are trying a different approach. They provide habitat corridors through their farms so elephants and other wildlife can pass through without harm. Lake Missoula Tea Company values these conservation endeavors and will support tea farms with these values the best we can. One way to support this strategy is to buy tea with origins from these farms.

Tenzing Bodosa’s tea farm is one such farm that supports the Elephant Friendly certification program. What does this mean? The wild Asian Elephant population is in drastic decline throughout India (estimated population is 12,500). Elephants in India get hurt and die due to lack of forest habitat which cause conflicts with human, particularly around agricultural operations.  Elephant Friendly certification, a Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network (WFEN) project, identifies farms that are free of electric fences, pesticides, and deep ditches and habitat corridors that provide safe passage for elephants.

In addition, the tea farms are committed to organic and growing tea in an ecologically sound manner. Tenzing’s farm meets all this criteria. “If you respect nature, nature will respect you.” This is Tenzing’s mantra. And like many organic tea farms, his farm is completely alive with bugs, birds, elephants, and rich tasting tea.

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Judy Hogg
Best store in Montana possibly in all of the United States. I don't know. This is the first Gong Fu tea shop I've ever been to. I came in for a matcha whisk because I donated mine to a museum. Before I left a random customer who was introduced to me as a regular bought me tea. I hugged him which isn't something I normally do. But I was incredibly thankful. Then the man behind the counter gave me a free sample. I went in looking for a simple tool and left with tea and a happy spirit. I am looking forward to making it back as soon as possible! I loved it. I think it will always hold a special place in my blood pumping organ.
Sari Barnes
This atmosphere of this shop is so wonderfully cozy and pleasant. The menu has such a nice selection of to-go options and the loose teas to purchase for home brewing are phenomenal and in vast selection. The service was quick and friendly. I came here with my family and we bought many of the different teas to try, as well as some to-go teas. My sister and I really enjoyed their house Chai. It was the perfect amount of spice and tea, like a spicy hug for your soul. I will be recommending this shop to others in the future.
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I've been going to Lake Missoula Tea Company for years, and recently have had the privilege of putting some of their tea in my store. The quality of the tea is fantastic, and the blends are delightful. I have also attended one of their tasting / learning events and it was great. I highly recommend their downtown store for meeting with friends, family or even just for a nice place to go and have a cup of perfectly brewed tea.
Tim Specht
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Ashley Nelson
The atmosphere was so relaxing and pleasant I could stay there all day! The staff are super helpful and polite and helped me with all my questions (not to mention some helpful tips from patrons as well). The tea they have is top notch and all the selection you could ask for