Japanese Indigo

In 2018, farmer-owner Lora Kinkade was commissioned by A Verb for Keeping Warm in Oakland, Ca to grow the color blue. No Man’s Farm produces Japanese Indigo, a natural dye plant that can be used fresh or composted in the traditional Japanese Sukumo method.

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Japanese Indigo, Persicaria tinctoria, is a flowering member of the buckwheat family. Pigment is derived from leaves before plant goes to flower.

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Dried and ground indigo leaves removed from stem

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Indigo crop reached waist-height before harvest in 2018