"Just learning the overall process and how it ties into fabric production is really great. I think it's great for our materials team to see all the time and energy that goes into making cotton."

Cotton Tour

Cotton is the most popular natural fiber. It's in the clothes we wear, and the beds we sleep in; it's in the food we eat; it's in our soaps and cosmetics and even used in animal feed. Yet, few people know how or where cotton is grown, what the fiber looks like in the field or how cotton is transformed from field to fiber and final products.

Each fall the Sustainable Cotton Project offers a Cotton Farm Tour through the San Joaquin Valley to gain a behind-the-scenes look at the many sides of cotton production. Tour attendance enables participants to meet the farmers and scientists, see cotton being harvested and ginned and learn about the practices of Cleaner Cotton™.

 

2022 Cotton Farm Tour

Presented by the Sustainable Cotton Project (SCP), California College of the Arts (CCA) with funding from Cotton Incorporated

Join us on Saturday, October 29, 2022 for a one-day Cotton Farm Tour through the San Joaquin Valley to gain a behind-the-scenes look at the many sides of cotton production. You'll meet the farmers, see cotton being harvested and learn about Cleaner Cotton™. You'll visit the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge to see the wetlands, native grasslands and wildlife that thrive adjacent to the vast ag intensive Central Valley. You'll see cotton in the field and cotton harvesting along with a tour of a cotton gin, lunch in the park and take home samples of cotton fiber. Throughout the day, leading industry experts and professionals will present an inside perspective about the many facets of cotton cultivation and processing, addressing issues such as water use, carbon sequestration, cotton farming practices and products possible using Cleaner Cotton™ fiber.

Lunch
Lunch is included at the local O'Banion Park in Dos Palos, CA. Snacks and water will also be provided on the bus.

Lodging
Guests are responsible for their own travel and hotel arrangements. Rooms are available for you to book at La Quinta Inn and Suites, 20 W Pacheco Blvd., Los Banos. The hotel provides a complimentary breakfast for guests. Space in the hotel is limited, so please call (209)-269-8787 to reserve your room as soon as possible. Let them know you are part of the SCP/CCA cotton tour.

Cost + other info
The cost for this tour is $60 per person, which includes travel, lunch, and snacks. Space on the tour is limited. Please reserve your spot by clicking on the following link - https://www.zeffy.com/en- US/ticketing/1b07c304-c789-4525-b0ad-eb0516a06cd0

The tour begins promptly at 8:15 AM at the La Quinta Inn and Suites in Los Banos. Please gather in or just out- side the lobby. Breakfast/registration begins at 7:30. Please wear close-toed shoes for walking in fields, and bring a hat, sunscreen, and insect repellent if you wish. The tour ends around 3:00-4:00 PM.

Contact
If you have any questions, please contact Marcia Gibbs, SCP Director, at (530) 370-5325, or via email at marcia@sustainablecotton.org.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you!
Farm tour participant examines a module of seed cotton ready to be ginned.

SCP tours bring industry executives in direct contact with activists, policy makers, and members of the public, students, farmers, scientists and even local doctors to foster conversations. This in person experience breaks through the polarized rhetoric of activists and prevalent brand marketing, and provides science-based information so people understand the challenges of cotton production in California and work together with farmers to enable change.

You'll walk through a cotton field, observe machine harvesting, hear directly from farmers what it takes to grow Cleaner Cotton™, tour a cotton gin, and take home samples of cotton fiber. Throughout the day, leading industry experts and professionals will present an inside perspective about the many facets of Cleaner Cotton™ cultivation, such as the use of beneficial insects, and habitats, trap crops, water use, cover crops, regenerative methods in a mechanical cotton system, and the current state of the market for Cleaner Cotton™ fiber.

"What an awesome day! I learned so much and was super engaged. It blew my expectations. I would recommend this to anyone."

Whether you work in the textile industry, are a member of the public, an educator, student or designer, join us on our next tour to see how the fiber is grown and made ready for its use in the market.

Everyone, who ever attended one of SCP's farm tours, cites it as a memorable and life changing experience.

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