About Us

Garden Tea Co. is a family owned, farm based retailer of compost tea ingredients, organic worm castings, organic fertilizers and soil amendments.  We began our farm/ business journey in 2011 with a passion for growing high quality, nutrient dense foods.  We believe that healthy, vibrant, homegrown foods begin with healthy living soil and offer an array of products in support of holistic regenerative organic agriculture.  These are products that we use on our small family farm, Black & Elder, located outside Asheville, NC in the Alexander community.


Black & Elder farm is situated along the banks of Newfound Creek, a tributary to the French Broad River. 

Our humble 4 acre parcel consists of rich bottom-land floodplain and our hillside homestead & annual gardens.  Along our creek bottom-land, that is prone to occasional flooding, we have been working to establish permaculture orchards with a variety of wet tolerant fruit and nut crops that include; Elderberry, Mulberry, Black Raspberry, Blackberry, Paw Paw, Persimmons, Hazelnut, and Walnuts. 

At our hillside homestead, chickens, ducks, and guinea fowl forage among permaculture gardens and throughout our orchard with peaches, plums, quince, and over 20 unique varieties of old southern apples.

          In addition, we care for an ever expanding number of honeybee colonies which provide pollination for our neighborhood while producing honey, beeswax, propolis and pollen.  You can learn more about our beekeeping practices here...Beekeeping at Black & Elder Farm