Owner Ravindra Patel in 2013 recruited the retired military veteran to manage Belseri. The estate had been converted to organic methods in 2003 but was struggling to be profitable. “I’m here because I love this organic thing,” Inderjit explains. Determined to run the garden efficiently and effectively, he has increased yields and produced high-quality tea. His success caught the attention of Gerry Vandergrift of The Metropolitan Tea Company, who incorporated these teas into the Lot 35 Loose Leaf Tea, his company provides to Fairmont Hotels & Resorts.