In the 1990’s when he was growing up, white tea was not yet well known or popular. For the most part, the tea in Wuyang Village was allowed to grow wild and was only picked occasionally.
When white tea became wildly popular, Mr Wu left his work in engineering and came home to help his family. He learned about field management, picking and finishing from his parents and grandparents.
The whole family preserves their wild groves instead of clear-cutting and replanting for higher yield. These groves were untended for so long that they have returned to a more naturally balanced ecosystem, with bamboo forest, wildflowers, birds and other plants growing between tall white tea bushes.
The choice to let so much of the mountainsides above Wuyangcun grow wild and untended at a time when higher prices reward high yields is unorthodox, but the family feels confident that it is the right choice in the long run. Over time, their wild white teas can bring everyone a better living, and Mr. Wu and his young family is leading the charge, taking on the role of engineer, community leader, and advocate.