We are so excited to be offering Persicaria tinctoria Indigo Seeds from Blue Light Junction. These seeds sprout from an amazing collaboration and community effort among Blue Light Junction, neighborhood groups, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Maryland Department of Commerce and the Maryland State Arts Council.
Blue Light Junction is an alternative color lab, natural dye garden & educational facility focusing on growing, processing and preserving the history of natural dyes and their enhancements and use in everyday objects. They originally started with artists and growers Sun English, Kenya Miles and Rosa Chang who provided our indigo seeds last year.
In 2022, our Persicaria tinctoria Indigo seeds come from 3 non-profit, community-centered organic growers working with Blue Light Junction. The growers are all part of Baltimore’s Nature’s Colors Intiative that “strives to maximize the natural dye industry resources in Baltimore City with a focus on economic development and job creation in historically disinvested communities.” Each group is working hard to use “Baltimore’s existing economic and environmental assets of plants, agriculture and makers to make the city a prime location for the natural dye market.” We are all for this effort!
This year, we are pleased to offer seeds from:
Parks and People Foundation’s luxurious indigo patch
Backyard Basecamp/Bliss Meadows thriving 10 acre neighborhood reclamation plot
Plantation Park Heights Urban Farm serving fresh produce and children’s education to urban Baltimore
Allow us to choose a pack for you. Each package contains 2 grams of unhulled seed or approximately 75-100 seeds.
The catalyst project was the Baltimore Natural Dye Initiative, an 18-month multi-agency project that aims to explore the cultural and economic impacts of growing and using natural dyes in the region. Participating agencies and support include MICA, community groups, Maryland Department of Commerce and the Maryland State Arts Council.
We regret we cannot ship these seeds internationally.