Jason McDonald of the Great Mississippi Tea Company

In this episode of Mississippi Stories, Mississippi Today Editor-at-Large Marshall Ramsey sits down with one of The Great Mississippi Tea Company’s owners and founders, Jason McDonald. Jason graduated top of his class at Hammond High [Magnet] School in Hammond, Louisiana. He graduated from Millsaps College in 2001 with a BA in Religious Studies. He attended law school at Mississippi College School of Law until 2010, when he realized that law was not his life’s work.

In January 2010, Jason became a partner in McDonald Land and Timber, LLC along with other family members. As a logger, Jason has seen firsthand the decimation a hurricane the size of Katrina can leave in its wake for farmers. Jason set out to find an ethically sustainable and environmentally friendly crop that could survive a hurricane with little or no damage. Jason came across a business in the country of his ancestors in South Carolina, The Charleston Tea Plantation. Jason decided that tea might just be the next booming crop for Mississippi and the United States, after all, tea is the second most consumed beverage on the planet after water. There is only one problem; tea is not widely grown in the First World due to labor costs and human rights.

Jason began researching all aspects of the industry, consulting with some of the most decorated people in the tea world, and recruiting numerous industry, manufacturing, and machinery professionals to destroy and rebuild the tea industry. tea to make it work in the developed world. , as he did when he was a child. It is because of this curiosity and ingenuity that we are proud to have him as the driving force behind The Great Mississippi Tea Company. It’s a story of resilience, pivoting, growth and entrepreneurship. And The Great Mississippi Tea Company continues to grow and gain international acclaim for its Mississippi-grown teas.

Sponsored by the University of Mississippi Medical Center.



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Marshall Ramsey, a nationally recognized editorial cartoonist, shares his cartoons and travels the state as editor of Mississippi Today. He also hosts a weekly statewide radio show and a television show on Mississippi Public Broadcasting and is the author of several books. Marshall is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and the 2019 recipient of the University of Tennessee Alumni Professional Achievement Award.

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