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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
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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
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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 Project
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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.

Jenny MacDonald
Finance Manager and Program Administrator, Sustainable Cotton Project
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headshotAfter studying Agricultural Business at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Jenny worked in various industries to hone her skills in program administration, event planning, human resources, and finance/business operations. Following her passion of local and sustainable food and fiber, she started with SCP in 2009. She says the best part of the job is "meeting and working with farmers who are actively making a difference in the environment."

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