In recent years, Taiwanese farmers started to make changes in how they use their land because many farmers’ business has been pressured by the increase of imported agricultural products. However, some methods of using the land are damaging our environment.
To balance environmental protection and farmers’ economy, we intend to turn Assam Indigo into dying materials and then it will achieve our goals of dying through natural ways. Assam Indigo can increase the diversity in the ecosystem, and further assure farmers’ income.
At the present stage, we have been cooperating with Ching-Yang Farm, whose owners have made a great contribution not only to the preservation of the natural environment but to job offerings for the local farmers. We choose three Independent Variables about where we should plant Assam Indigo. The ideas are described as follows: the first one is the land beside the river, the second one is in open fields, and the last one is a reproduction area for the forestation. We expect that through optimizing these Independent Variables can we achieve the best benefits.
We will record Assam Indigo’s growth, and we collect the leaves on Assam Indigo to produce the indigo. We analyze it by comparing the colors, degrees of difficulty when dying, and the color fastness. According to these tasks, we can make a conclusion. Hopefully, we can give the results to the government and advise them in the direction of policy making to change the environment in Taiwan.
Hands-on learning is undoubtedly the best way to acquire knowledge. Obviously, what we have learned from nature is the most valuable experiences during this process.