Pursuing my dream of Organic Cotton Production
Growing up on a farm, I never really thought it was possible to raise cotton without any form of chemicals. But once I moved back to the farm in 2005, my dream was to pursue organic farming. After years of research which involved reading, searching, digging and asking lots of questions, I began to feel more confident that it was a challenge I could tackle. So, I made that a reality in 2011, as I began the organic transition process on 250 acres.
Last year was the worst year to begin anything, as massive drought consumed all of Texas. The bright side? No weeds. So, I kind of got a break in one area.
I went to my first meeting with the Texas Organic Cotton Growers last week. It was inspiring to be around farmers who’ve been growing chemical-free cotton for 20 years. Meeting many of them, I asked dozens of questions and continue to ask dozens more over the phone and email.
As a newbie into the organic commercial production world, I value the experience of these veteran farmers. Touring one farm 40 miles from me, it was an absolute thrill to see some of the cool innovations made to combat weed issues while cutting back on trips across the field, as well.
Is organic farming doable? Absolutely. I believe it to be the only real future agriculture has in this country, and I’m thrilled to be in the initial stages of this transformation.