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Grow This plants seed that ignited WVU student’s passion for natural dyes and textiles

Cassandra with her marigolds

Sometimes planting a seed can lead to more growth than you ever expected. West Virginia University graduate student Cassandra Stewart is the perfect example of that. Seeds from WVU Extension’s Grow This program led Cassandra, a graduate research assistant studying design and merchandising in the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, to make textiles using natural dyes from flowers she grew.  

After receiving a raised garden bed for Christmas in 2022, Cassandra’s sister Kate wanted to try growing a garden. Kate saw an advertisement for the WVU Extension Family Nutrition Program’s Grow This seeds and signed up to receive seeds for cosmic purple carrots, red ursa kale and miniature mixed color bell peppers.  

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