From Seed to Garment: Cotton and Flax/Linen in Your Garden

12:30 - 1:30 pmFriday Classroom 7

Imagine growing your own clothes! Cindy Conner will lead you through what it would take to grow cotton and flax (linen) in your garden and process it into yarn that can be knitted, crocheted, or woven into fabric. See the garments she has made from homegrown, handwoven, naturally-colored (green and brown) cotton and flax.

Cindy Conner

Cindy Conner

Cindy Conner researches how to sustainably grow a complete diet in a small space at her home near Ashland, VA, and has produced the videos Develop a Sustainable Vegetable Garden Plan and Cover Crops and Compost Crops IN Your Garden.  Cindy, a former market gardener, was instrumental in establishing the sustainable agriculture program at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College in Goochland, VA and taught there from 1999-2010. The Heritage Grain Conservancy said her book Grow a Sustainable Diet: planning and growing to feed ourselves and the earth (New Society Publishers 2014) “stands out as the comprehensive resource written from the lifetime of rich experience of a successful gardener.” (Heritage Grain Conservancy) Cindy’s newest book Seed Libraries: and other means of keeping seeds in the hands of the people (New Society Publishing 2015) empowers communities to preserve and protect the genetic diversity of their harvest. You can check out Cindy’s website at and follow her blog at