Churchie students visit cotton farm

Cotton Australia's education Manager Jenny Hughes, policy officer Paul Sloman and the EKKA have all played a role in an eye-opening visit by students from the Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie) to a cotton farm in the Lockyer Valley.

The Cotton Australia EKKA display is always a drawcard for students of all ages and this year was no exception with groups of students from Churchie showing great interest in cotton.

Churchie’s Ag teacher Stephanie Lee liaised with Paul to organise a visit to the Brimblecombe’s farm at Forest Hill. Around 19 students from Year 11 made the trip, learning about cotton and high intensity horticulture.

Among the students was Campbell McIntyre, the son of former Cotton Australia Chair Hamish McIntyre.

They students also heard about mixed cropping, marketing and forward selling, to provide a holistic picture of the business structure involved.

Paul has offered to make the visit an annual event with a possible visit to a cotton gin also on the agenda.

Paul Sloman, Campbell McIntyre and Mitch Brimblecombe
Paul Sloman, Campbell McIntyre and Mitch Brimblecombe