Happy Equinox! Please join us at these exciting fall events:

1. Garden for the Environment is celebrating it’s twentieth annivesary on Saturday, Sept. 25th from 10-5 and offering an all day party with hands-on garden & compost activities for children of all ages, welcome reception, food and drink! Alumni of the Gardening and Composting Educator Training Program will also be tabling with their projects and we at Source Press will be there from 12pm-3pm offering zines by donation. If you haven’t gotten a chance to pick up a copy of our latest release, The Mental Health Cookbook, this would be a great time to do so, while enjoying all the days activities.

2. The San Francisco Urban Agriculture Alliance (with Source as a member organization) is partnering with Kitchen Garden SF on the 350 Kitchen Garden Challenge. In a single day 350 San Francisco yards, balconies and community spaces will be transformed into bountiful food gardens, bringing local food production into our 7 square miles. Lead by Kitchen Garden SF, gardeners, urban farmers and local food activists will join 350.org in a global environmental work party by participating in 350 garden actions throughout San Francisco including: garden installations, maintenance and harvesting, workshops, a harvest party at Hayes Valley Farm and a bike tour of urban farms built on formerly vacant lots and garden action locations. Make a garden happen on this day of global action! And register it so San Francisco can reach its goal! kitchengardensf.org

Hope to see you soon!

Saturday, June 13th, Source Press will be at Dirtstar, selling zines from a cart and handing out medicinal teas for you to taste;

Dirtstar returns as Nightsoil, an open air night market in a parallel future. Farmers, chefs, and storytellers gather under the twinkling light of projected histories of queer activism for environmental justice. A delicious menagerie of street food and art, at Nightsoil, headphones hang next to seedlings and performances range between farm stands, mapping our queer edible history and projecting that history into an imagined future. Canning jars glow with the pink and green ferments of potlucks, food co-ops, and back to the land faeries, Nightsoil will invoke tastes of queer diasporas with recipes that blend the fruit of our homelands with the queer cultures we have created. Cruise the night market, ducking into stalls to taste, watch, and plant. Pedal the neighborhood and discover how queers have been innovating with the HomoHomestead Bike Tour!

$12-20 tickets include food and farmstand goods!
Bring your garden’s excess or seeds to share.
No one turned away for lack of funds.

Our newest publication, The Mental Health Cookbook, is an illustrated 50 page zine about creating a connection to the natural world through an engagement with plants, nutrients and microorganisms. It’s not a traditional cookbook but a how-to guide covering:

-nutritional basics
-medinical herbs
-flower essences and more!

Come celebrate it’s release at a garden party at The Secret Garden (on Harrison between 23rd and 24th in the Mission, S.F.) on Sunday, April 4th from 11am-1pm. Pick up a zine, have a snack, enjoy the garden and some freshly brewed medicinal tea!

Saturday, March 13th we’ll be tabling at the Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair in Golden Gate Park with old zines, new publications, seeds and buttons(!) Stop by to say hello or show your support.

We’ve been busy these last few months citysteading (yeast) and farming (sorrel) but we wanted to let you know about a new project. The Source collective is currently transitioning into Source Press! This means we are shifting our focus away from events and towards writing and printing zines and other on-paper info-sharing. We want to keep publishing our own zines while encouraging others to write them too, by offering to print and distribute skill and information based zines. We’re dreaming of zine making workshops, release parties, a zine library, an online archive, and more! Look for more details from us later this Winter, and start imagining the zines you’d like to make or read.

Sorrel will be spending the summer as an intern at Pie Ranch. Feel free to visit on the 3rd Saturday of the month for their community workday, potluck and barn dance. Or come by the Farm Stand on weekends. To learn more about this educational farm visit pieranch.org.

Issue 4, all about water and energy, is now available in stores and will soon be available for viewing online. To get a copy, visit one of the independent businesses below.

Bound Together Books- 1369 Haight Street, SF
Modern Times- 888 Valencia Street, SF
Needles and Pens- 3253 16th Street, SF

(and there’s even a button inside)

Come celebrate the release of our newest zine with an ice cream party! On Sunday, May 31st we’ll set up a table neighboring the Free Farm Stand with homemade ice cream and shiny new copies of Issue #4.  This zine focuses on water and energy and it’s our best yet! It will be available for free at the party. We’ll also have highly energy efficient ice cream making equipment and ingredients so you can participate in making your own!

Treat Commons, at the corner of Folsom and 23rd St in SF
Sunday, May 31st 1-3pm

First, three things for you to do:

1. Ferment Change: We’re participating in an event hosted by the Spare Room Project on May 1. We’ll be doing a vegetable fermentation demo and there will be a great show (Land. Liberty. Sunshine. Stamina.) organized by the Greenhorns, as well as homemade beverages and snacks and the chance to donate a few dollars to City Slicker Farms. Yay!
When: Friday May 1, 7-10 pm (our demo will be from 8-9)
Where: 270 Anderson St. (a few steps from Cortland in Bernal Heights)
Donation welcome (for City Slickers) but not required.

2. Herb Fence, brought to you by Sorrel:
Stop by the chain link fence at Valencia and 23rd Street to find out about common medicinal plants and their uses. Herb plants will be up for viewing and fliers will also be available with instructions for making herbal remedies like medicinal teas, tinctures and salves. Go check it out now!

3. Another fermentation demo, brought to you by Yeast:
On April 26 I’ll be at Baker’s Alley, a monthly event hosted by SF Ecology Center, demonstrating how to ferment pretty much any vegetable. There will also be someone doing a home brewing demo, as well as community baking in the cob oven and knitting in the living room! The event goes all day from 10-4 and takes place at 1390 31st Avenue, between Irving and Judah, in San Francisco.  here’s a flier.

and one other items of news: We’re working on Issue #4 of our zine! We plan to have it ready by the end of May so stay tuned for updates– we’re going to have another release party, time and location tba.

happy spring!

We’re participating in this awesome event!  See below for details.

Land. Liberty. Sunshine. Stamina.
A collaborative installation presented by The Greenhorns

The collaborative installation Land. Liberty. Sunshine. Stamina. will provide a venue for farmers from around the country to display their wares – the products of their careful stewardship. From socks to smocks to seeds – this collective artwork demonstrates the culture of agriculture, and reclaims reverence for “producer” instead of only ever championing the “consumers.”

Ferment Change!
Fermentation skill share and culture exchange

Presented by Bay Area Source, proceeds go to benefit City Slicker Farms

Fermentation skill share will feature various vegetable brining methods including sauerkraut and pickles.  Skill share will take place from 8-9pm.
Cultures (starters for home fermentation) will be available for trade, including kombucha, sourdough starters, and ginger bugs.  Please bring any cultures you have to trade or empty jars to take things home with you.

Friday May 1, 2009

Show party: 7-10 pm

fermentation demo (us) : 8-9 pm

270 Anderson St, SF  (in Bernal Heights, right off Cortland)

hope to see you there!


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