Tomorrow, we will meet at the cotton field with friends, colleagues, family, and community to harvest our cotton. This harvest marks an exciting moment for us in our efforts to grow a sustainable and chemical-free crop.
We intended this project as our “test field”. It has allowed us to learn more about the beautiful white fiber, the hardships of farming, and the difference organic makes. Uncertain of whether or not the Alabama soil and climate would be suitable for our cottonseed varieties, the bolls are evidence of a successful yield. We are currently waiting for staple length test results to see if the fibers can be spun into yarn, which will then be knit into jersey fabric.
Over the last eight months, we have connected with many caring individuals in the industry and community who have offered advice and even lent a hand to help us weed the field. The success of the field is owed to everyone who was (and is) a part of the journey- especially Jimmy and Lisa.
The Alabama Chanin and Billy Reid Cotton Picking Party + Field Day helps us say thank you and share our story. We hope the day allows our community to come together and learn the importance of growing organically. We also would like to hear stories of how cotton has been a part of each of your lives. We look forward to tomorrow with gratitude (and excitement). And we would like to thank everyone in advance for your help and support.