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Cleaning up Cotton in California

The Sustainable Cotton Project (SCP) is an internationally recognized California-farm
based program dedicated to changing the way cotton, one of the world's most widely traded commodities, is farmed and marketed.

We connect growers, manufacturers and consumers to develop a Cleaner Cotton™ supply chain in California's productive Central Valley. Founded in 1996, SCP works with innovative growers to produce a high-quality fiber without using the most toxic pesticides and herbicides in agriculture.

Our philosophy
"Cooperation for a change." SCP provides growers with information about sustainable cotton farming processes and Integrated Pest Management technologies. We educate the public about the importance of reducing chemical use in this important fiber and food product.

Our goal
Lessen the toll that the soil-to-shirt cotton production process takes on the earth's air, water, and soil, and the health of people in cotton growing areas.

Our work
Cleaner Cotton™ Field Program: We help growers learn about sustainable cotton farming processes and Integrated Pest Management technologies that enable them to reduce chemical use and earn a premium for the sale of their Cleaner Cotton™.

Cleaner Cotton™ Marketing Program: We educate the public about the importance of reducing chemical use in this important fiber and food product. SCP also works with manufacturers and retailers to develop a strategy incorporating Cleaner Cotton™ into their product lines.

San Joaquin Sustainable Farming Project: An expansion of our work in cotton, we partner with alfalfa, almond and cotton growers in Madera, Merced and Fresno counties to develop sustainable farming systems in all three crops to maintain profitability while protecting the environmental and public health of their communities.


Marcia Gibbs
Executive Director, Sustainable Cotton Project
headshotMarcia has many years of experience managing biological agriculture projects and has a good understanding of what it takes to keep farmers profitable. With a Masters Degree in business and undergraduate degree in agriculture, Marcia has been a family farmer in California's Sacramento Valley and spent the last 14 years working with farmers on environmental and sustainability issues. She was Program Manager of the Community Alliance with Family Farmers' successful Biologically Integrated Orchard Systems program and has been managing SCP's Cleaner Cotton™ program since 2002. In 2010, her Biological Agriculture program team earned an IPM Innovator Award from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation. She maintains good working relationships with Cleaner Cotton™ program growers, understands their issues and needs and serves as the link from the field to the market.


Lynda Grose
Fashion Designer and Cotton Marketing Specialist
headshotLynda has worked in the apparel industry for 22 years and with the Sustainable Cotton Project for more than eight years. She founded Esprit's ecollection division in 1990, a five-year research and development project marketed in 13 countries, which helped establish new environmental standards for the mainstream clothing industry.  Lynda has worked with companies and organizations around the world, including the Sustainable Cotton Project, Aid to Artisans, Patagonia, Hanna Anderson, Aveda, Odwalla, and Technoserve.  She also teaches Knitwear Design and Sustainable Fashion Design at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, and guest lectures at numerous universities. For SCP, she brings an understanding of mainstream apparel companies and markets, as well as an understanding of the organic fiber market specifically.

Gilbert Mohtes-Chan 
Communications and Development Specialist, Sustainable Cotton Projectspacer

headshotGilbert possesses a wealth of experience in business, agribusiness, marketing, health-care, human services, local, state and national politics and education issues. He is a communications and fund-raising development expert who has worked with farmers and growers throughout California. He has created materials for community outreach, newsletters, annual report and marketing, researches and writes grant proposals, edits field manuals and guides, develops project ideas, monitors industry trends, and assists with the organization and promotion of SCP field days.


Jenna Mayfield and Damien Jelen
Field Scouts, Sustainable Cotton Project
photo of Jenna and DamienOur field scouts work with growers and their pest control advisors to augment field scouting. In practice, they give growers another set of eyes to see what is taking place in the orchards or fields. Jenna studied horticulture at Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz County and has certificates in greenhouse management and sustainable landscaping. Damien spent time working with Lapenta Farms and San Juan Ranch outside of classes at Merced College before joining SJSFP. Both scouts provide weekly field notes to growers, giving them valuable information about pest counts and other observations about their crops. Jenna and Damien also facilitate implementation of applicable best management practices throughout the season. 


Tracy Manuel
Program Assistant, Sustainable Cotton Project 
image of TracyAs an information designer, Tracy has worked across Northern California on a variety of projects from medical forms to radio shows. After graduating from the UC Davis Design Department, she worked at the UC Davis Center for Design in the Public Interest on a number of projects to improve health communication in clinics from Sacramento to Shasta County. As program assistant at SCP, she’s currently tapping into these skills (and her interest in rural health) to create meaningful communication materials for growers, fashion industry representatives, and the general public. She also facilitates SCP’s day-to-day operations, including pest reports, finances, and outreach. 


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