Yaupon Tea Revival: The History of Florida Yaupon and a Future for Agriculture
Event Date & Time
June 18, 2020
2:00p.m. – 3:00p.m.
VIRTUAL ZOOM CLASS
Free for members/$10 non-members
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Class is limited to 99 participants
Florida’s agricultural industry is a system under stress. Centuries of intensive food production, dominated by non-native monocultures, have exhausted the land, polluted the water, and crated insurmountable economic challenges. But, what if farmers grew native crops instead? What if we developed products from native plants that consumers want to buy? Join Yaupon Brothers American Tea for a discussion on how this is not only possible but is already happening with a budding Yaupon Tea industry.
About the instructor:
About the instructor: Bryon White is the co-founder and CEO of Yaupon Brothers American Tea and founder of the American Yaupon Association. Inspired by native people and their foodways, Bryon developed an interest in commercializing native plants as alternative food crops for Florida farmers. In 2012, he developed the first commercial products from the native caffeinated Yaupon Holly in over a century. Since then, his business has grown to include nationwide distribution, over a hundred acres of organic crop land, and a research partnership with UF/IFAS. In 2019, Bryon left his career in law enforcement to work on Yaupon full-time. He has a Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies from UCF and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from Loyola University New Orleans. Bryon lives in New Smyrna Beach, FL, with his wife, Megan, two dogs, and lots and lots of plants.