Preserving the Past - Creating the Future
Preserve the Acadian Brown Cotton (ABC) heirloom seed
Revitalize local ABC cotton production with farmers who are committed to regenerative agricultural practices
Create a traceable supply chain for a sustainable fashion industry in Acadiana
The success and integrity of our project depends on a commitment to these goals with full transparency
Careful and controlled selection, saving and replanting of Acadian Brown Cotton is absolutely necessary for survival of this variety of Gossypium Hirsutum.
The preferred traits of this New World cotton were cultivated by humans for several millennia.
Acadians and their descendants in Louisana continued this selection regimen
for over 200 years.
We are proud to announce the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, Cade Research Farm and Seed Bank is now growing our Acadian Brown Cotton heirloom seed. This year ten thousand seeds were harvested and are now preserved in the newly constructed facility.
Thank you Mark J. Simon.
Fibershed Affiliate Program
We are proud to announce we are now an affiliate. This is an international grassroots network that promotes local community development, including economic and non-economic growth in the form of building relationships and creating connections. This place-based community organizes efforts that work to connect fiber farmers, processors and artisans. http://fibershed.com/affiliates
How We’ve Grown!
Our cotton is in the ground and growing across Acadiana.
Doug Schroeder and Suzanne Guizendanner in Breaux Bridge
Larry and Andre Allain in Arnaudville
Betsy and Kyle Jeansonne, Sycamore Acres in Cottonport
Mark Simon in Broussard
Harris and Joslyn Poret
Charles and Josie Saucier
Our well-rooted members:
Sharon began this project in 2012 with research into new world cotton. Since them she has produced a documentary, visited countless guilds and symposia and has spearheaded the field to fashion project in Acadiana.
Elaine Bourque continues to document Acadian blankets that remain in the families that wove them. We have added new categories, standardized measurements, recorded more data and made many new friends.
Lauren Odom handles our Social Media
Zack is the owner and operator of Acadiana Food Hub, an aggregation and distribution center for our region's under-serviced local farmers, connecting farmers to markets, grocers, restaurants, and institutions. The goal is to help small food businesses grow by sharing space, resources, and expertise. Zack has enlisted many of these same farmers to plant Acadian Brown Cotton as a secondary crop. Several of the farmers are working toward Organic Certification which matches our goal of producing organic and sustainable cotton.
Mark, now retired, managed the ULL Cade Research Facility and Seed Bank. He will continue to oversee the seed preservation of ABC.
Marc Bordelon from the State Department of Agriculture and Forestry, Boll Weevil Eradication Program added ABC to the Request for Waiver Forms as a category so we will be able to collect data on who is growing ABC each year. Thanks Marc!
Deb Waldman continues to produce the glue that holds it all together!
Her HR and Life Coaching skills are a gift to this project.
Suzanne Chaillot Breaux, co-producer of the documentary film, is our webmaster and textile consultant.
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