Tuesday Talk: Resurrecting Sea Island Cotton on Edisto Island

Tuesday Talk: Resurrecting Sea Island Cotton on Edisto Island

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$10/person (plus fees)
Sea Island Cotton was a cash crop grown across the Sea Islands of South Carolina and Georgia for roughly 140 years and to an extent that it shaped not only the cultures and socio-political aspects of the Lowcountry, but also the hydrology and ecology of the landscape. By the latter half of the 20th century, due to a variety of factors, it disappeared entirely from the United States and was thought to have been hybridized into extinction. However, two varieties from Edisto Island were recently rediscovered and are being returned to small-scale cultivation.
Presented by Tom Austin, Land Protection Specialist for the Edisto Island Open Land Trust

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