We began our work in agriculture in 2017 growing a dye plant called Mexican Mint Marigold or Pericón (Tagetes lucida). Miranda first worked with the plant in Oaxaca, where it grows wild in the valleys. Both the flowers and the plant itself yield color, with results ranging from greens, to vibrant yellow to rich ochre.
Our crops were established through regenerative agriculture and permaculture methodology and grown without the use of pesticides. The Berm Swale system that our perennial Mexican Mint Marigold grows upon has dramatically decreased the amount of water needed to nourish the plant.
The dye plant helps to restore the nutrient balance of the clay soil on the farm, priming it for future crop rotation to edible plants, all while sequestering carbon in the soil.
Due to COVID-19, our agricultural initiatives are currently on hold, but we look forward to planting new seeds in the coming seasons.