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Mural Artist Wanted for the Bike Depot

Very excited to share that the 713 Marcellus Street Bike Depot is seeking a muralist to develop and create a mural at 713 Marcellus Street during the summer of 2024!

Using funds from CNY Arts, we are seeking a local artist to design and create an educational and decorative mural (approximately 8-feet high by 13-feet long) on the outside of our building. Total budget for this project is $2000, including compensation and supplies.

More details here on the application form:

Spring Things – RSVP to Help with Garden Openings, Polyculture Sale Extended

Opening Up our Gardens for the Spring on Syracuse Grows Resource Drive Day
Join us on Saturday April 20th to open up the 610 Gifford St Community Garden (9 AM-11 AM) and the Rahma Edible Food Forest Garden at 3100 S. Salina St (11:30 AM-1:30 PM) for the Spring season!  Help us unload and shovel compost and mulch, do a litter pick-up, divide and propagate plants, and do general maintenance of the beds and stewardship of the site.  Please RSVP if you intend to join us at
Our annual plant sale will take place on Saturday May 11th, look for pre-order information soon!  Become a Patreon monthly supporting member for a $10 credit to the sale, scroll down!
Custom Perennial Polyculture Design Sale Extended
We’re extending the sale on our Custom Perennial Polyculture Design to $40 until March 15th to help you get ready for your spring plantings! (Regular Value $50.00).  Order at 

 This item is offered as part of our fundraising for Alchemical Nursery permaculture and land stewardship sites, as well as the Depot community bicycle workshop.  Proceeds will directly benefit the budget of these programs, and you’ll be getting or giving a gift that you can’t find anywhere else!

The design fee value of $50 includes research, design services, a digital print-quality image and a written narrative description. Give that special person in your life, which might just be yourself, their very own custom designed polyculture plan based upon their personal preferences and interests regarding purpose, species, and environment. 14-21 days required for delivery once the worksheet has been returned – see at the following link:

Check out an example design at
And Lastly, BECOME A PATRON OF $1 FOR team is 100% volunteer, help us spend more time in the garden and with the land, and less time on the computer and with fundraising, by becoming a supporting monthly member at our Patreon account.
 Give as little as $1 a month.  
CURRENT PERKS for all donation levels:
MERCH: Alchemical Nursery Project water bottle; a Paper Copy of all newly published organizational Zines.
PROMOS: 50% off purchase of garden art signs; $10 credit to each Spring’s annual plant sale;  Promotional Specials on Plant Sale Gift Card Orders.
PDC CREDIT: Permaculture Design Certificate credit for completion of ANP PDC sessions.

Updated Patreon Member Tiers and Benefits for 2024 – Update or Renew Available Now.

MERCH: 1) Alchemical Nursery Project water bottle; 2) a Paper Copy of all newly published organizational Zines.
PROMOS: 3) 50% off purchase of garden art signs; 4) $10 credit to each Spring’s annual plant sale;  5) Promotional Specials on Plant Sale Gift Card Orders.
PDC CREDIT: 6) Permaculture Design Certificate credit for completion of ANP PDC sessions.

The Green Bottle chart below expands our understanding of financial privilege and experience. All member tiers provide the same benefits, so please use sliding scale green bottle chart to determine the level you’re able to contribute.

Image description: Graphic with the title, “The Green Bottle: Where You Fall on the Sliding Scale.” Three illustrations of bottles appear side by side, one filled all the way with green liquid, the second filled halfway, and the third filled low. Each bottle has a list of statements. Along the y-axis of the graphic reads, “Financial Privilege” and the x-axis reads, “Personal Financial Experience.” The full bottle lists the following statements: “I am comfortably able to meet all of my basic* needs. I may have some debt but it does not prohibit attainment of basic needs. I own my home or property OR I rent a higher-end property. I own or lease a car. I am employed or do not need to work to meet my needs. I have regular access to health care. I have access to financial savings. I have an expendable** income. I can always buy new items. I can afford an annual vacation or take time off.” The half-filled bottle lists the following statements: “I may stress about meeting my basic needs but still regularly achieve them. I may have some debt but it does not prohibit attainment of basic needs. I own or lease a car. I am employed. I have access to health care. I might have access to financial savings. I have some expendable income. I am able to buy some new items & I thrift others. I can take a vacation annually or every few years without financial burden.” The low-filled bottle lists the following statements: “I frequently stress about meeting basic needs & don’t always achieve them. I have debt and it sometimes prohibits me from meeting my basic needs. I rent lower-end properties or have unstable housing. I do not have a car and/or have limited access to a car but I am not always able to afford gas. I am unemployed or underemployed. I qualify for government assistance including food stamps & health care. I have no access to savings. I have no or very limited expendable income. I rarely buy new items because I am unable to afford them. I cannot afford a vacation or have the ability to take time off without financial burden.” At the very bottom of the graphic are additional definitions. “*Basic Needs include food, housing, and transportation. **Expendable Income might mean you are able to buy coffee or tea at a shop, go to the movies or a concert, buy new clothes, books, and similar items each month, etc. This image and framework was originally created by Alexis J. Cunningfolk | with additions from Britt Hawthorne |”

Formal IDEA Statement Published

At the Alchemical Nursery Project, we are committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of our work. We believe that every individual deserves to be treated with respect and dignity, regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, or ability.

We recognize that systemic inequalities exist in our society and are committed to doing our part in dismantling these structures. We strive to create a safe and inclusive space for all members of our community, including those who have been historically marginalized. We actively seek out and welcome diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds, and believe that this diversity makes our work stronger and more impactful. We are committed to creating equitable opportunities for all individuals, including providing access to resources and education that promote sustainable living practices.

We recognize that environmental justice is an integral part of social justice, and are dedicated to addressing the intersectionality of these issues. Overall, we are committed to ongoing learning and growth in our understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We believe that it is only through collective action and intentional effort that we can create a more just and equitable society for all.

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Unique Seasonal and Holiday Gift Ideas

Offering Unique Seasonal and Holiday Gift Ideas as we fundraise for the Alchemical Nursery Project and the Bicycle Depot on Marcellus St. Check them out at – all items are pick-up only.

$50.00 (On sale for $40 until December 31st) – Purchase 2 hours of Permaculture consulting towards a Custom Permaculture Polyculture Design.
$20.00 – Limited edition numbered Mojito Mint garden art sign print – 50 Available.
$15.00 – Garden and Field Notes book, Locally designed and handcrafted by Amaranth Bindery.
$5.00 Print copy of the original Rahma Edible Forest Snack Garden zine from April 2013.

Bike Depot Open Shop Days and Hours Posted for June

Tuesdays 5-7PM and Saturdays 10-12PM.
Tues 6/6, Sat 6/10, Tues 6/20, Sat 6/24, Tues 6/27.

The 713 Marcellus St. Bike Kitchen (aka Bike Depot) is a volunteer-run community bicycle repair workshop. Come learn about opportunities to volunteer, use tools to work on your own bicycle, earn a bike, and share skills and mutual aid.

For more info about dates and times email, call (315) 414-7720

Bike Depot Open House Tuesday May 30th From 5:30-7:00pm

A Letter about the Marcellus St. Bicycle Depot

Hey everyone! 

I’m writing to make sure you know about upcoming events at the Marcellus St. Bike Depot. Things are starting to look so good. I am excited to work on bikes together this summer! We* scheduled a “Bike Month Open House” for May 30th 5-7PM. More info coming soon.   

Please let us know if you plan to join an upcoming work day. Here are the upcoming dates and time: 

-Saturday, May 20, 3-6pm
-Tuesday, May 23, 5:30-7pm
-Saturday, May 27, 3-6pm (we’ll be heading to 6:45 the Syracuse Bike Party after!)

Reply to this email if you plan to come. If you are inviting a new friend, here is the volunteer sign up form.

Remaining tasks:
– tool and bike part organizing
– building shelves
– workstation building!

– tool storage/organizing
– weeding

Loey is going to start helping to coordinate volunteers for work sessions and events so you might be hearing from her about work parties and the like. 

See some pics from recent work days on the Facebook page:

Save the Date: Bike Month Open House at the Marcellus St. Bike Depot

Tues May 30 5-7pm at 713 Marcellus St. 

Save the Date Organizational Meeting 

Tentatively Tuesday June 6th 5:30PM, on Zoom.
Discuss depot membership structure, organizational roles, schedule and goals for the summer and rest of 2023. Everything has been very informal. Lots of people have put in time. Me and Frank have been making plans and decisions but would like to transition to a collective running of the space. 

Summer Hours

Tuesdays 4-7 or 5-7? and Saturdays Hours TBD. What do you think? Stay tuned for a schedule and invitation to sign up to “staff” the shop. 

Hope to see you soon!

-Ursula Rozum

2023 Plant Sale Fundraiser

Pre-Sales are Open! See the Inventory at

The plant sale is pre-order online with pick up on May 13th, we will also have inventory available for purchase at each site on May 13th. Ordering deadline is 11:59 pm on Wednesday May 10th. Pre-order to make sure you get what you want!

Please place orders online by messaging us (through the event page for ANP or B&R tagged items at or (emailing for ANP tagged items, emailing for B&R tagged items) with the following info:

  • source – either B&R or ANP,
  • sizes, quantities, and price each,
  • preferred pick-up location – either Westcott St on the Eastside or Otisco St on the Westside).
  • Please provide your email address so we can send you a virtual invoice for you to make payment prior to pickup.

Specials this year include tasting tickets for sampling items including black walnuts, elderflower cordial, black currant liquor, sorrel, black currant jam, garlic mustard pesto, pickled magnolia flowers, and more to be announced.

We will have a limited supply of wild foraged ramps (Allium tricoccum) in bundles of 3 for $5.50, only available if you sign a pledge to plant the bulbs i(leaves can be eaten) in a location where they will be allowed to spread and can be stewarded over the years, to create a new patch, either in a wild location or in your yard/garden. If you visit ANP, you can see how our ramp plantings from two years ago have progressed.

And lastly, our garden friend at Amaranth Press and Bindery is preparing a limited run of waterproof, hand bound, 3×5″ gardening journals at $12 each. Pictures to come!

Spring Alchemical Events to Put on Your Calendar

Sunday April 16

Garden Art Sign Painting at Lydia’s Threads in the Gear Factory during Open Studios. From 12 noon – 4 pm. See Flyer below.

Saturday April 22

Garden Opening, Clean-up and Resource Drive at 610 Gifford Community Garden.  From 9 am -11 am – please RSVP at or reply to this thread.

Garden Opening, Clean-up and REsource Drive at Rahma Food Forest Snack Garden.  From 11 am -1 pm – Please RSVP at or reply to this thread

Saturday April 29

700 Block Otisco Commons Lot Clean-up and Pizza Party. From 11 am – 12:30 pm. More details to come. Experience how we are turning a vacant lot into a common space for block neighbors to hang out and interact.

Bike Depot Spring Volunteer Clean-up and Organizing Session.  From 4 pm – 6 pm.  Please RSVP at or reply to this thread.

Saturday May 13

Annual Plant Sale Fundraiser. Pre-Orders Opening Soon.