In 2018 Praxis Fiber Workshop leased two parcels from the City Land Bank and turned abandoned soil in North Collinwood into a quarter acre of thriving indigo and marigold plants. In 2019 we doubled the scale and added a second location in South Collinwood, adjacent to the administrative offices of Hospice and CMSD Hannah Gibbons School. The goals:
Each year, our partnership with the Cleveland Seed Bank prepares our seeds in a hoop house on the West Side and somewhere around Mother’s Day we gather about fifty volunteers to help plant indigo seedlings over the two garden lots. The collaboration doesn’t end there. Over the course of the summer, we gather another six to twelve times for free on-site workshops and volunteer-based harvesting days. Our Natural Dye project is the way that Praxis connects most deeply with our neighbors. With funding from Gund Foundation, Cleveland Foundation, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture and Fowler Family Foundation, it is the only project at Praxis that is fully grant funded and volunteer based. In a time when it is dangerous to gather and the future of our organization hangs in the balance, can we continue to grow indigo, a project that has developed into the heart and soul of our organization?
The answer is a resounding, fearless, and hopeful YES! Here’s how:
For more information, please visit our website praxisfiberworkshop.org/garden.