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The Volunteers

July 07, 2018 6:50 PM | Anonymous
Do you ever start a project and then realize once it’s going that you get way more out of it than you originally intended? 

For breakfast after Monday morning’s dye garden work day, my go-to meal of over-easy eggs with salsa, avocado, and whatever else is lingering in the fridge that day was supplemented by cilantro from the dye garden that was headed for the compost pile.  

No, cilantro is not necessarily a dye plant (that I know of).  And, it’s not the only volunteer plant in the garden. 

Gorgeous onions that frame the South side of the garden, some lettuces, and corn (that might be grass masquerading as corn, I’m just giving it a little while to reveal its true identity while I secretly hope its corn) have all showed up in the dye garden.

But unexpected veggies aren’t the only thing being volunteered in the garden.  During the work day (which technically isn’t a day, it’s 2 hours), Textiles West members discuss more than just dye plants.  Lisa recommends a local restaurant and a book about a local pioneer woman.  Kerry speaks of a Ted Talk phenomenon that has energized thousands to see the world in a more positive light.  Peggy and I learn we both follow the same tv show.

Whether it’s a topping for my breakfast, pop culture, or historical figures, it can’t be denied that I’m gaining more knowledge from this internship than just how to make plant dyes.  Click here for a [still in-process] guide for newbies by a newbie [me] on how to grow/harvest plant dyes.

I can’t wait to see what else this internship brings!

Whatever your next adventure, I hope you gain more from it than you originally thought you would.


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