If you guessed AFRICA, you were right!!!
Unilever, maker of Lipton Tea, is sending me on behalf of the Foodbuzz Publisher Community to Kericho, Kenya to tour Lipton’s first Rainforest Alliance-certified tea estate and see how the company is working with the Rainforest Alliance to take steps to become 100% sustainable by 2015. The Kericho plantation was certified as fully sustainable by the Rainforest Alliance in May 2007.
And I leave in less than two weeks!!!!!!!! The trip is from Monday, March 16 -Thursday, March 19, plus travel to and from the other side of the world. The timing could not have been more perfect, as that is my spring break. Two Mondays from now I’ll be arriving in Nairobi where I’ll join several other journalists and bloggers from around the globe. We’ll spend the night in Nairobi and then travel by charter plane to Kericho on Tuesday. While on the estate we’re going to:
- See the Lipton tea estate in action
- Understand the motivation behind Unilever/Lipton’s commitment and long term vision
- Learn what certification involves across all of the brand’s estates
- How does certifying tea differ from the other crops currently certified by RA
- Visit the Kericho factory for first-hand look at how tea is manufactured
- Participate in a tea plucking session, and have the opportunity to speak with Lipton tea pluckers
- Visit the Kerenga Estate Fuel wood operations
- Visit the Jamji Hydro-Electric Power station and view renewable energy production
- Visit local tea smallholding to see what sustainability means on a small scale, and have the opportunity to speak with owners and workers
- Visit Lake Nakuru National Park
- Have lunch at the Chebown Monkey Sanctuary!!
I’m still unsure of my blogging capabilities while I’m there. I think I will be able to get a few posts up using a remote cell phone internet, but you can be assured that I’ll have tons of photos, videos and info to share at leave upon my return. I’m leaving KERF in the hands of Matt while I’m gone, so hopefully he will keep y’all entertained!
I have to admit that I was quite anxious making the decision to go, especially since it’s coming up so soon, but now that it’s sunk in (and I’ve got my immunizations behind me!), I can hardly wait.
(But yes, I’m still nervous!)
Whew! So glad I was able to get that off my chest 🙂
Ca-caw Said The Crow
We woke up to a nice blanket of white this morning, although I’m not sure we got much more than the 3” we had last night. I started the day with 45 minutes of Solar Flow. LOVED this class. It had all my favorite poses (the whole standing series, pigeon, lots of down dogs) and was a little slower paced. It was also a little more old school yoga (meaning she used the sanskrit (I think?) names for the poses), which was cool. Another thing that was cool was that she kept telling us to relax our face and jaw, and every time I noticed I was tensing mine!
I told Matt to snap a photo of me in crow if I was able to stay up. I was! (Can’t believe I’m putting this on the internet…)
Then came oats!!!
- 1/3+ cup oats, milk, water, 1/2 large banana, pinch salt (The portion seemed very volumnious and Matt admitting to putting in heaping 1/3 cups!)
- 2 dried apricots
- 1 huge date
- 1 tbsp cottage cheese, stirred in at end
- 1 tbsp chopped salted peanuts
- A few butterscotch pieces
- 1/3 crumbled Spooky S’mores Zbar
- Spoonful TJ’s PB
‘Niller Bean coffee with 2%
- School work (LOTS)
- Some form of exercise (Walk? Run? Gym?)
- Make Kelsey’s Pimento Cheese
- More school work
- Soup for dinner!
May all beings everywhere be blessed with happiness.