Growing with Indigo
Through exploring indigo, we are able to examine a troubled history of discrimination and racism in our country, connect with our neighbors, and acknowledge harmful environmental impacts of synthetic dyes.
In 2018, with the help of our community, we transformed a vacant Cleveland lot into an indigo garden. Growing locally has allowed us to directly engage our neighbors in growing and processing indigo. Programming developed around our dye garden offers students an opportunity to dive deeper into the history and use of natural dyes while also examining their role in a worsening climate crisis.