The Camden Colorfield Project

The Camden Colorfield Project is planting a giant colorfield painting in Camden, NJ, created by the blooms of indigenous flowers in the hues of the rainbow.

The Camden Colorfield Project envisions the city of Camden as a giant colorfield painting, created by the blooms of indigenous flowers in the hues of the rainbow. A community art action, the Colorfield Project is making “Earth Balls,” balls of earth that that contain the seeds of indigenous wildflowers. Targeted for city wide planting, these marble-sized balls are made out of clay and planting soil. In celebration of Earth Day, project participants are invited to create balls embedded with the seeds of wildflowers. Each ball is then rolled in the colorant that corresponds to the hues of the wildflower seeds contained within. Once a project participant makes an Earth Ball, the ball can then be planted in a private or shared community garden. Not only will these blooming flowers be beautiful to look at, they will also support the pollinator species (birds, bats, butterflies, moths, flies, beetles, and bees) who do the work of pollinating our crops and supporting our ecosystems.

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Colorfield  participant holding an Earth Ball at workshops in Camden, Earth Day 2019.

Psychologists tell us that the best way to acquire a new behavior is to attach it to a ritual. The Camden Colorfield Project proposes that Earth Day, should be a time for planting Earth Balls. Much like Easter eggs, these balls of seeds can be colored with child-safe colorants. Colorfield Project uses Halo power, corn starch colored with food dye, for a beautiful bright finish.

In Camden, the Colorfield Project seed balls are targeted to be disseminated in specific zones of wildflower color across the city. North Camden is currently being planted with white wildflowers. Traveling south, the next zone down is being populated with pink wildflower balls. Crossing the Rutgers-Camden campus, the third zone going south is being planted with red wildflowers.  The orange zone begins on the south side of Market Street.  The yellow and green zones continue to Atlantic Avenue. The blue zone comes next and the last zone concludes with purple wildflowers in South Camden.

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Colorfield map of indigenous wild flower plantings in the hues of the rainbow, 2018.

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Please come join us in 2020! We will be offering public Earth Ball making workshops at the Rutgers-Camden Campus Center campus on Earth Day, April 22, 2020 from 12:30 to 3:30 and we hope to see you there.

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The color for the Colorfield Project is listed below courtesy of American Meadows. Feel free to order your own seeds and make your own Earth Balls. Our eco-system and the other 9 billion people on planet Earth will thank you.

Cheers and remember “Earth Balls for Earth Day.”–Elizabeth Demaray

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AM013211 Indian Blanket Seeds – 1/4 LB 1 8.96 04-05-2019
AM013478 Drummond Phlox Seeds – 1/4 LB 1 20.86 04-05-2019
AM013030 Eastern Red Columbine Seeds 5 3.56 04-05-2019
AM013206 Blanket Flower Seeds – 1/4 LB 1 12.56 04-05-2019
AM013399 Cardinal Flower Seeds 5 3.95 04-05-2019
AM013448 Lemon Mint Seeds – 1/4 LB 1 19.95 04-05-2019
AM0130 Rocket Larkspur Seeds Pink Queen – 1/4 LB 1 15.95 04-05-2019
AM013040 Common Milkweed Seeds – Packet 5 3.95 04-05-2019
AM013201 Joe Pye Weed Seeds 5 3.95 04-05-2019
AM013444 Bee Balm or Wild Bergamot Seeds 5 3.95 04-05-2019
AM013098 Siberian Wallflower Seeds – 1/4 LB 1 9.95 04-05-2019
AM013154 Sulphur Cosmos Seeds – 1/4 LB 1 8.51 04-05-2019
AM013043 Butterfly Weed Seeds – 1 Ounce 1 25.95 04-05-2019
AM012359 Partridge Pea Seeds – 1/4 LB 1 8.95 04-05-2019
AM013147 Sulphur Cosmos Seeds Dwarf Lemon – 1/4 LB 1 15.16 04-05-2019
AM013461 Evening Primrose Seeds – 1/4 LB 1 6.95 04-05-2019
AM013510 Black Eyed Susan Seeds – 1/4 LB 1 11.01 04-05-2019
AM013196 Rattlesnake Master Seeds 20 3.95 04-05-2019
AM012961 Borage Seeds – 1/4 LB 1 9.95 04-05-2019
AM013080 Blue Cornflower or Bachelor Button Seeds – 1/4 LB 1 5.56 04-05-2019
AM013408 Blue Flax Seeds – 1/4 LB 1 8.06 04-05-2019
AM013042 Prairie Aster Seeds 5 3.95 04-05-2019
AM013480 Lacy Phacelia Seeds – 1/4 LB 1 5.66 04-05-2019
AM013026 New England Aster Seeds 5 3.95 04-05-2019
AM013392 Blazing Star Seeds – 1/4 LB 1 23.71 04-05-2019
AM013423 Perennial Lupine Seeds – 1/4 LB 1 11.36 04-05-2019
AM013468 Cape Daisy Seeds – 1/4 LB 1 19.95 04-05-2019
AM013398 Sweet Alyssum Seeds – 1/4 LB 1 9.95 04-05-2019
AM013004 Penstemon digitalis Seeds 5 3.95 04-05-2019
AM012937 Whorled Milkweed Seeds 5 3.95 04-05-2019

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Red Seeds:
1/4 lb Indian Blanket Seed – Annual, Blooms in Summer, 12″-24″ tall
1/4 lb Drummond Phlox Seed – Annual, Blooms in Summer – Fall, 20″ tall
5 packets Eastern Red Columbine Seed – Perennial, Blooms in Early Summer, 24″ tall
1/4 lb Blanket Flower Seed – Perennial, Blooms in Summer, 18″-30″ tall
5 packets Cardinal Flower Seeds – Perennial, Blooms in Late Summer, 24″-48″ tall

Pink Seeds:
1/4 lb Lemon Mint Seeds – Annual, Blooms in Spring – Summer, 12″-24″ tall
1/4 lb Rocket Larkspur Seeds Pink Queen – Annual, Blooms Early Summer- Late Summer, up to 48″ tall
5 packets Common Milkweed Seeds – Perennial, Blooms in Summer, 30″-60″ tall
5 packets Joe Pye Weed Seeds – Perennial, Blooms in Late Summer- Fall, 36″-96″ tall
5 packets Bee Balm or Wild Bergamot Seeds – Perennial, Blooms in Mid-Summer to Fall, 24″-48″ tall

Orange Seeds:
1/4 lb Siberian Wallflower Seeds – Annual, Blooms in Spring, 10″-18″ tall
1/4 lb Sulphur Cosmos Seeds – Annual, Blooms in Summer-Fall, 36″-48″ tall
1 Ounce Butterfly Weed Seeds – Perennial, Blooms in Summer, Up to 36″ tall

Yellow Seeds:
1/4 lb Partridge Pea Seeds – Annual, Blooms in Mid-Summer-Early Fall, 24″-36″ tall
1/4 lb Sulphur Cosmos Seeds Dwarf Lemon – Annual, Blooms in Summer-Fall, 20″-30″ tall
1/4 lb Evening Primrose Seeds – Perennial, Blooms in Summer, 24″-60″ tall
1/4 lb Black Eyed Susan Seeds – Perennial, Blooms in Summer-Fall, 24″-36″ tall

Chartreuse Seeds:
20 packets Rattlesnake Master Seeds – Perennial, Blooms in Mid-Late Summer, 24″-48″ tall

Blue Seeds:
1/4 lb Borage Seeds – Annual, Blooms in Early-Mid Summer, 24″-36″ tall
1/4 lb Blue Cornflower or Bachelor Button Seeds – Annual, Blooms in Summer, 28″-36″ tall
1/4 lb Blue Flax Seeds – Perennial, Blooms in Spring-Summer, 18″-30″ tall

Purple Seeds:
5 packets Prairie Aster Seeds – Annual, Blooms in Mid-Late Summer, Up to 18″ tall
1/4 lb Lacy Phacelia Seeds – Annual, Blooms in Spring-Summer, 12″-24″ tall
5 packets New England Aster Seeds – Perennial, Blooms in Late Summer-Fall, up to 48″ tall
1/4 lb Blazing Star Seeds – Perennial, Blooms in Summer-Fall, 24″-48″ tall
1/4 lb Perennial Lupine Seeds – Perennial, Blooms in Spring-Summer, 12″-36″ tall

White Seeds:
1/4 lb Cape Daisy Seeds – Annual, Blooms in Early-Late Summer, 12″-18″ tall
1/4 lb Sweet Alyssum Seeds – Annual, Blooms in Spring-Fall, 8″-16″ tall
5 packets Penstemon Digitalis Seeds – Perennial, Blooms in Early-Mid Summer, 36″ tall
5 packets Whorled Milkweed Seeds – Perennial, Blooms Mid-Late Summer, 24″ tall

About demaray

I kinit sweaters for plants, I culture lichen on the sides of skyscrapers in New York City and I manufacture alternative forms of housing for hermit crabs, out of plastic. With the engineer Dr. Qingze Zou, I am currently creating the IndaPlant Project: An Act of Trans-Species Giving in which I am building light-sencing robotic supports for housplants. These moving floraborgs allow potted-plants to roam freely in a domestic environment, in search of sunlight and water.
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