Marin Event: Celebrate “Soil to Skin”

In recent years, the words organic, grass-fed, locavore, and “farm to table” have become embedded in our vocabulary, especially here in Marin County. People of all ages are paying attention to where our food comes from as well as the treatment of the animals, land and resources that go into growing our food and raising livestock. This is a huge step but merely one in the big picture. Unfortunately most of us don’t think too much about the source of our clothes, accessories, and all that we buy in general, as well as the materials, labor and resources that go into the manufacturing of all these things that we use or wear on a day to day basis. But if you look closely, you’ll find the frontrunners of the sustainable movement are paying attention to the overall picture.

One of these individuals is Rebecca Burgess. On October 3rd, Rebecca will be hosting an event open to the public to celebrate the creation of Locally Grown and Sewn denim jeans. The farmers, ranchers, and skilled artisans that are “growing our clothes” will be there answering questions. The title of this particular movement is known as “Soil to Skin,” has been created to bring a heightened awareness to the whole picture; the materials, the farmers who are growing the cotton and other clothing “ingredients” including the fabric dyes, labor and resources which are all taken into account in the manufacturing process. Within Rebecca’s “homegrown clothing” organization known as “Fibershed,” every little detail is given devout attention regarding it’s source and sustainability factor starting with the soil where the seeds are literally planted for the clothes we wear.

And given that the United Nations has granted 2015 the International Year of Soils, Rebecca’s hard work is at once remarkable and apropos.

The event on the 3rd will also feature local food and wine as well as hands on demonstrations of indigo dyeing, spinning and weaving. There will be a fashion show of local denim paired with ‘grass fed’ tops. Come on out to West Marin and join the fun, the educational and sustainable fun!

Where: Marin Family Farm, Bolinas, CA
For more detailed info about the event visit

A bit about Rebecca from her website:

“I work as an educator, writer, and natural dye farmer. I enjoy knowing the biological roots of where everything comes from — behind everything we own, use, and consume is a story.
Instead of continuously feeling downtrodden by the stories behind my material culture, I decided to change the narrative — beginning with my wardrobe. The fibershed project is a statement and a practice that has shown me that I can flourish in a wardrobe constructed completely from the resources of my community (soil to skin). Limiting my wardrobe to the bare minimum, and utilizing local fiber, dye and labor has been my greatest joy and challenge to date.”

A bit more about the International Year of Soils (IYS):

The United Nations has declared 2015 the International Year of Soils.

The specific objectives of the IYS 2015 are to:
• Raise full awareness among civil society and decision makers about the profound importance of soil for human life;
• Educate the public about the crucial role soil plays in food security, climate change adaptation and mitigation, essential ecosystem services, poverty alleviation and sustainable development;
• Support effective policies and actions for the sustainable management and protection of soil resources;
• Promote investment in sustainable soil management activities to develop and maintain healthy soils for different land users and population groups;
• Strengthen initiatives in connection with the SDG process (Sustainable Development Goals) and Post-2015 agenda;
• Advocate for rapid capacity enhancement for soil information collection and monitoring at all levels (global, regional and national).


As a photographer, writer, psychotherapist and nature lover, I am passionate about living in Marin County, CA. The perfect home base, Fairfax, CA is where I get out daily on the miles and miles of open space and find inspiration and plot my next journey out of Marin into the world. More about Mary... Mary is a New York Native who has been living in Northern CA for the past 20 years. She is a "Creative Image Photographer" infusing digital images with innovative techniques. Her favorite spot to take photos is muddled amidst the trees of Marin County CA, or in an exotic urban environment near the ocean, under the sky, and completely in awe. Mary's goal is to capture this scenery, to reach into the mystery of life, into the everyday magic, use the light and the dark as guides, delve into the chaos or the quiet and capture and whittle away at these snapshots, without disrupting their original essence, until they come alive and rich with depth and mood. Her mission is to create unique works of art that bring this depth, mystery, upheaval or serenity to people's walls and homes and ultimately that her work becomes a catalyst to help shift onlookers mood and outlook even if for a moment in time. Her work has been described as dreamy, ethereal, mysterious and mythical and yet also simple and straightforward. Currently her photos are on display at Google Headquarters in California.

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