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Think Big Challenge Project: FIT Rooftop Natural Dye Garden

The 2014 FIT Class Gift will support the student-led think tank and idea incubator, the "Think Big Challenge" and its first project: the FIT Rooftop Natural Dye Garden. Through the Think Big Challenge Textiles Development and Marketing students Caitlin Powell '14, Amber Harkonen '14, and Meghan Navoy '14, developed their sustainability and beautification idea into an urban renewal commitment that was showcased at the Clinton Global Initiative University. Read our interview with Caitlin Powell on the FIT Alumni Blog.

The FIT Rooftop Natural Dye Garden will utilize the existing Green Roofs at FIT to start a dye-plant garden, which also incorporates rain collection and composting projects. In turn, this will educate students from all majors about the benefits of natural dyeing on natural fibers. With the help of professional natural dyers from The Dogwood Dyer and experienced builders from Brooklyn Grange Farms, their goal is to plant the first crop in the Spring of 2014. Bringing natural dyes and traditional practices back to the forefront of students' minds here in the big city, is their ultimate objective.

Your donation to the 2014 Class Gift will help bring theFIT Rooftop Natural Dye Garden to life, offering future generations of students the opportunity to learn about sustainability and reduce our carbon footprint on the Earth! Click below to make a gift to this great cause!

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