The Georgia Cotton Commission provided educational materials, including a Cotton: The Story kit to Danny Swilley, a partner in Swilley Farms, Inc. in Valdosta, Georgia. On October 30th the Valwood School kindergarten classes of Mrs. Lisa Hale and Mrs. Julie Barr went on a field trip to Swilley’s cotton field where he met with the two classes and, using the kit, spoke to them about cotton and the many stages of its growth, as well as the various steps it goes through from seed to cloth. Swilley Farms intends to conduct similar school tours every Fall.
Swilley showed them the root system of the plants and talked about the uses of cotton seed once it’s ginned and separated from the cotton fiber. The students ventured out into the field to pick, by hand, their own bags of cotton to take home. The students also watched the 6-row cotton picker harvest the cotton and unload into the module builder. They were amazed to learn that approximately 3,000 pairs of jeans could be produced out of a module of cotton. It was an educational and fun day for the Valwood kindergarteners!