Tea grinder in a processing plant in Ibanda, Rwanda
Photo by Marie-Marthe Gagnon
Tea farms in Rwanda (Photo by Adam Gibbon)
Tea growing in Rwanda started in 1952. Since its introduction, tea production has increased steadily, from 60 tons of black tea in 1958, to 1,900 tons in 1990, to 14,500 tons in 2000, reaching a peak of 17,800 tons in 2001.Over 90% of the production is exported, but represents only a small share of the total volume traded in the international market, which is about 1.4 million tons.
Rwanda tea is planted on hillsides at high altitude (between 1,900 and 2,500 m), and on well drained marshes at an altitude of between 1,550 and 1,800 m. Tea is grown on 11 estates. A total area of approximately 12,500 ha is planted in the Northern,western and Southern province. Tea plantations must be located near a tea factory because the harvest must be processed within a few hours of picking.
♥ THAT NAOMI CAMPBELL IS BUILDING THIS AMAZING SELF-SUSTAINABLE ECO-HOME!
Naomi Campbell has visionary eyes for the future. The icon has enlisted the Spanish eco-conscious architect Luís de Garrido to design a completely self-sustaining green home on her (and her partner, Vladimir Doronen) private island, Isla Playa de Cleopatra, off the coast of Turkey.
The 25-room, multi-level dome home will be powered by a stream of hundreds of photo-voltaic panels. Water is collected from the rain and is to be recycled as a grey-water system throughout the estate. The home is naturally heated by a greenhouse-like design of nearly all glass panels to allow natural light. Louvers and vents keep the home just as cool from the Mediterranean climate. In keeping with the island’s Kemetic name, several symbols from Ancient Egypt are built into the design.
The home is the iris of the massive Eye of Horus layout of the estate that can be seen from sea or air, with the long ream of solar panels serving as the ‘eyebrow.’ And yes, that is an ankh to the side. An incredible project that will be even more thrilling, once it’s realized.
Tafline Laylin of Inhabitat.com has the scoop, here.
but i gotta wonder… at night, when the lights are on inside… can someone just sit outside and see into the whole house? if so, that’s kinda creepy…