This NC field trip is 100-percent cotton

I’m a big fan of TS Designs  in Burlington and their Cotton of the Carolinas initiative, especially now that they’re planting organic cotton. If you’re curious about cotton harvesting, here’s your chance to see it upclose and personal, thanks to TS. For the fourth year, the company is hosting a field trip to  Rolling Hills Gin in New London, N.C. to celebrate the current cotton harvest for Cotton of the Carolinas (this is not the organic harvest).  This year it’s Saturday, Oct. 8, but you need to sign up by Sept. 30. You’ll get to meet the farmers behind the T-shirts, learn about how cotton is grown, harvested, and ginned, and you’ll get to see, according to TS, “a really cool harvester in action.” The event lasts from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and includes lunch. Unfortunately, I’ll be out of town and will miss it, which has now happened every year, dangitall.

I wrote this little ditty about Cotton of the Carolinas and TS Designs for Ode Magazine . It was reported before the organic seeds were planted, so doesn’t mention that cool addition. The company also holds open houses at its sustainable site, so you can see firsthand how this is truly a different kind of enterprise.

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