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Gary Oldham

Region: Trans Pecos

Topics: Cotton, Organic, Farming, Agriculture


Under the company name, S.O.S. from Texas (Save Our Soils), Gary Oldham grows organic cotton in the eastern Panhandle, near Samnorwood, Texas, then has it ginned, spun, woven, and assembled as t-shirts. He sells the t-shirts wholesale and retail, either as plain shirts or as ones with custom decoration. With this integrated, value-added business and organic product, Mr. Oldham provides a model for sustainable agriculture, but continues to struggle with the vagaries of drought and low prices that his great-grandfather lamented in the poems he wrote in the 19th century.



October 9, 2002
Samnorwood, Texas
Reels 2228 and 2229


Please see two brief Real Media video excerpts from our interview with Mr. Oldham, one where he recites a poem his grandfather wrote about the struggles of cotton farming, and a second about his own efforts to find a niche in organic cotton and textiles.

Please see the video (reels 2228 and 2229) or the transcript from Mr. Oldham's full interview.





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