After days of hard work plugging away at this flyer (hand drawn by yours truly) and this website, both of which took a bit longer then expected, I am finally ready to share them with the world! Many people wish that they could sustain their life by doing what they love, but not everyone chooses to do it. After many years of working for other people (some wonderful and some not-so-wonderful) I finally feel ready to take the leap into being my own boss and sharing the many skills I have with the city of San Francisco. For the past two years that I’ve been here my primary focus has been reaching out to the impoverished communities, as I have been apart of them myself and have a deep love and understanding for people in need of food, shelter, etc. I am proud of all of the hard work I have done and no doubt will continue to do but something dawned on me recently…
Everyone could use an extra set of helping hands.
My goal now is to branch out to other communities in the city that may not know me (yet) but could benefit from my skills; cooking, organization, open and loving communication, animal care, event planning and active listening. We live in a fast paced city and I often hear people saying “there just isn’t enough time in the day to get it all done…”Luckily, I am here to help! For more information, references, availability and rates please email: almondroots@gmail.com

After days of hard work plugging away at this flyer (hand drawn by yours truly) and this website, both of which took a bit longer then expected, I am finally ready to share them with the world!

Many people wish that they could sustain their life by doing what they love, but not everyone chooses to do it. After many years of working for other people (some wonderful and some not-so-wonderful) I finally feel ready to take the leap into being my own boss and sharing the many skills I have with the city of San Francisco.

For the past two years that I’ve been here my primary focus has been reaching out to the impoverished communities, as I have been apart of them myself and have a deep love and understanding for people in need of food, shelter, etc. I am proud of all of the hard work I have done and no doubt will continue to do but something dawned on me recently…

Everyone could use an extra set of helping hands.

My goal now is to branch out to other communities in the city that may not know me (yet) but could benefit from my skills; cooking, organization, open and loving communication, animal care, event planning and active listening. We live in a fast paced city and I often hear people saying “there just isn’t enough time in the day to get it all done…”

Luckily, I am here to help!

For more information, references, availability and rates please email: almondroots@gmail.com

On September 11th, 2011 the Thursday crew of Food Not Bombs threw the fundraising event of the year. A night of GREAT food, amazing music and the chance to share our story with a whole community of people who (most) had never even heard of FNB, let alone what we do.
Our group uses as much free sourced materials as we can but some things are always necessary but don’t come around free that often (dish soap, cooking oil, pots and pans, etc). But many times the people who show up to volunteer (who are usually not that wealthy themselves) end up coming out-of-pocket for these things out of necessity and the desire to keep the ball rolling. This gets hard to do for long so we decided to throw a benefit, a way for people who couldn’t contribute to the actual cooking but still wanted to support what we do. Our idea- A 60 person sit down dinner (but we cooked for 150+ because we fed all the people that worked the event, the collective that hosted us and all of the musicians) followed by musical acts in the historic Convent Chapel and a larger show in their basement. I was the hostess of the evening and coordinated the events of the day with help from our amazing team (which is the reason I unfortunately was not able to document it myself). Luckily my lovely friend Hanna Quevado was on hand and snapped a few pictures that you can see here. The event was a smashing success and over the course of the evening we welcomed over 300 guests, fed over 200 people, danced to amazing music, made enough funds to support our group for the next year which enables us to not only cook free vegan food each week but also share food that supports other actions that happen in the city all year. I look forward to planning many more events in the future, I seem to have a natural flare for organizing.

On September 11th, 2011 the Thursday crew of Food Not Bombs threw the fundraising event of the year. A night of GREAT food, amazing music and the chance to share our story with a whole community of people who (most) had never even heard of FNB, let alone what we do.

Our group uses as much free sourced materials as we can but some things are always necessary but don’t come around free that often (dish soap, cooking oil, pots and pans, etc). But many times the people who show up to volunteer (who are usually not that wealthy themselves) end up coming out-of-pocket for these things out of necessity and the desire to keep the ball rolling. This gets hard to do for long so we decided to throw a benefit, a way for people who couldn’t contribute to the actual cooking but still wanted to support what we do. Our idea- A 60 person sit down dinner (but we cooked for 150+ because we fed all the people that worked the event, the collective that hosted us and all of the musicians) followed by musical acts in the historic Convent Chapel and a larger show in their basement.

I was the hostess of the evening and coordinated the events of the day with help from our amazing team (which is the reason I unfortunately was not able to document it myself). Luckily my lovely friend Hanna Quevado was on hand and snapped a few pictures that you can see here.

The event was a smashing success and over the course of the evening we welcomed over 300 guests, fed over 200 people, danced to amazing music, made enough funds to support our group for the next year which enables us to not only cook free vegan food each week but also share food that supports other actions that happen in the city all year.

I look forward to planning many more events in the future, I seem to have a natural flare for organizing.

**Due to a copyright issue the whole video is not currently available…maybe someday it’ll come back, but for now here is the commercial for the episode**

In October of 2010, I was dropped off in the bay area with no actual home and very little money. I knew the city (SF and Oakland) well from several visits within the past years but this time I wanted to give living here a go. No place has ever felt like home to me the way this city did.

I was broke, idealistic, full of energy and eager to make a difference in my new community. And since broke meant I was also hungry, I knew i needed to find cheap and/or free food. But the lovely thing about big cities is the huge amount of resources that are constantly available… if you’re willing to look for them.

Having worked with several different Food Not Bombs crews in my travels up and down the west coast I knew this was the first place I should look. With hardly any research at all I found the SFFNB website and emailed each cooking group to see who needed an extra set of hands. The Thursday chapter ended up being the most responsive so I showed up one day and was sucked into a beautiful whirlwind that changed my life forever.

This video clip was being shot on the night that I arrived and aired the next spring. My (new at the time) friend Irish pushed me up to the front as we were sharing the food and told me “you’re going to be the new face of Food Not Bombs”. Luckily that face ended up being more my friend Katie then mine, but i was in a few shots and I had a really wonderful time. From this moment on I was hooked, to the community, to the awesome food, the amazing kitchen we cooked out of and all of the beautiful friends I was making.

This video does a beautiful job of showing what we do and how we do it. I am very proud to be a part of this and I hope it inspires others to give back to the communities (all around us) that need love, support and food as a right and not a privilege.

I love animals!

Currently I share my time and space with a 3 year old schnauzer poodle mix named Bebe. I adopted her from the rescue shelter that I used to work at and my life has not been the same since. I decided to wait until i was completely ready to adopt, and when i finally did i found that having a pup in my life has changed it completely and for the better.

This being said, through work at the shelter, then dog walking with Dynamutts, and having my own very stubborn little girl I’ve realized that raising a well adjusted and manored animal (just like raising a well adjusted and manored child) is no easy task. Luckily with experience socializing/training in the shelter and studying under my friend in San Diego (www.staypositivedog.com) I’ve learned positive reinforcement techniques that can help train any dog, given time, patience and love. I have this love and patience and look forward to continuing to use them to help more people create better relationships with their furry friends.


We are the Merchants of Reality, a group of artists who build and create together in an art factory on the corner of 9th and Folsom in San Francisco’s SOMA district. We were established in January 2011, click here for our origin story.
We hold free art shows in our gallery on the 8th of each month and often many other events in between. Check our website for artist updates, event postings and inspiration of all sorts. Hope to see you soon!<3 Daisy, MOR
merchantsofreality:

Allen Ginsberg once said, “Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness.”
At Merchants of Reality, that is exactly what we do. We don’t try; we do. We are a 24-hour art factory. We are equipped with a 17 foot gallery, a music recording studio, a wood-working room, a silkscreening room, an (almost functioning) darkroom, a textiles workspace, a sharing library, a megagiant copy machine and office, a movie theatre. We are a safe haven for flora. We have an awesome makeshift and sustainable fish tank, made out of a recycled, old school television set, for our aquatic friends. We are paintbrushes, needles and pins, sharpies, and banjos. We are poetic beats, a melody of words, rhythmic typewriters, hot glue guns, and an organ from the 1800s. We sew soft and fluffy monstrosities, we stun your taste buds with our handcrafted and nutritious feasts, we sing. We. Are. Cardboard. We are paper mache machines. We are curators, educators, learners. We are set designers, sound engineers, filmmakers. We are producers.  We are lovers of animals, lovers of people, lovers of love. We are so much more, but mostly, we are givers, because we can.
Our art factory is embodied of creativity amidst constant laughter and warmth. We are madness. We are Light. We are Merchants of Reality. 

We are the Merchants of Reality, a group of artists who build and create together in an art factory on the corner of 9th and Folsom in San Francisco’s SOMA district. We were established in January 2011, click here for our origin story.

We hold free art shows in our gallery on the 8th of each month and often many other events in between. Check our website for artist updates, event postings and inspiration of all sorts. Hope to see you soon!

<3 Daisy, MOR

merchantsofreality:

Allen Ginsberg once said, “Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness.”

At Merchants of Reality, that is exactly what we do. We don’t try; we do. We are a 24-hour art factory. We are equipped with a 17 foot gallery, a music recording studio, a wood-working room, a silkscreening room, an (almost functioning) darkroom, a textiles workspace, a sharing library, a megagiant copy machine and office, a movie theatre. We are a safe haven for flora. We have an awesome makeshift and sustainable fish tank, made out of a recycled, old school television set, for our aquatic friends. We are paintbrushes, needles and pins, sharpies, and banjos. We are poetic beats, a melody of words, rhythmic typewriters, hot glue guns, and an organ from the 1800s. We sew soft and fluffy monstrosities, we stun your taste buds with our handcrafted and nutritious feasts, we sing. We. Are. Cardboard. We are paper mache machines. We are curators, educators, learners. We are set designers, sound engineers, filmmakers. We are producers.  We are lovers of animals, lovers of people, lovers of love. We are so much more, but mostly, we are givers, because we can.

Our art factory is embodied of creativity amidst constant laughter and warmth. We are madness. We are Light. We are Merchants of Reality. 

merchantsofreality:

Dear Internet Realm,

Hello, my name is Daisy. I have many passions in this life but my biggest is cooking. I, like many others, spent the majority of my life living off of fast food, junk food, and lots of other things that basically have no business being called “food”. These things often left me feeling sluggish, fatigued and foggy in my own mind. In the past few years, thanks to help from a dear friend, i have committed myself to learning how to change my relationship to what i eat as well as teaching others that they can do the same. I now try to challenge myself, how can i make what i like to eat better then any restaurant could? Turns out it’s easy AND fun!

I am currently prepping and priming myself for the coming spring. I would like to hold cooking classes in order to make cooking more accessible to everyone, more dinner and movie nights, and continuing my long time partnership with San Francisco Food Not Bombs (http://sffnb.org/) where we cook and serve amazingly tasty vegan fare every Thursday 7pm on the corner of 16th and Mission. 

I am deeply encouraged by the way 2012 is shaping up and i look forward to the healthy, tasty, life sustaining food that this year will bring! Hopefully you will join me and realize that food is not just something to get you through the day, but is your life force and your art! 

Love,

Daisy 

I have been volunteering with San Francisco Food Not Bombs (serving free and tastey vegan food at the corner of 16th and Mission every Thursday rain or shine) for the past 2 years. Our goal is to show the world that food is a right not a privilege and that it should/can be free for all.

There is so much waste accumulated in our culture, and with Food Not Bombs we gather food that is still perfectly edible and save it before it makes it’s way to mass landfills and serve it for free to anyone who is hungry. We are not a charity organization, we are a sharing organization, building community one plate at a time. We survive off of community support and have been serving free food since the 90’s under the FNB banner.

I feel very fortunate to be doing this work in a city that is so receptive to this kind of activism. Many people across the country are being slapped with huge fines and even jail time for "illegally feeding the homeless", yet we persevere.

It is my personal belief that (aside from air and water of course) food is the most important part of our lives. We gather around it, share space, refuel ourselves and cannot live without it. This is why I love to cook and share food, it combines my two favorite things in the world; community building and eating food that makes us all feel good.

I look forward to sharing these gifts with the world every day, and for the rest of my life. 

For more photos of food that I have created please see my Flikr page, many many more to come!

For more photos of food that I have created please see my Flikr page, many many more to come!