About Koala Tea Company
In The Beginning
Howard and Elle left Europe in 1986 when the Chernobyl disaster contaminated their herb farm in Wales, UK. where they had set up an alternative health clinic and a herbal tea company. They decided to start a new life and business in Oz. But embarking on their project with no supporting industry or assistance, Howard & Elle found they had some serious work to do.
Establishing An Australian Herb Growing Industry
Howard and Elle found there were many small and big growers interested in the idea of growing herbs, so they ran weekend seminars to educate them in the art of growing organic herbs. The result was that many of those growers started herb farms. How and Elle then started an organic certification program, Organic Herb Growers of Australia, which became a government recognised certification organisation.
To encourage their fledgling herb growers, Howard and Elle set up a new business, Herb Farms Australia, which marketed the fresh herbs. Over a relatively short time Herb Farms Australia grew with domestic and export markets, and when major herbal companies began showing interest in Australian grown medicinal herbs, they saw this as a signal that the time was right to start the Koala Tea Company.