Tuesday July 17, 5pm-6pm
- Rahma Edible Forest Snack Garden,
3100 S Salina St, Syracuse, New York 13205
Tuesday July 17, 5pm-6pm
3100 S Salina St, Syracuse, New York 13205
Opening Season Garden CleanUps and Resource Drive
Clean-Up Cuse and Resource Drive on Saturday April 21
610 Gifford St Community Garden from 11am to 1pm
Trash pick up at the garden and on surrounding blocks as part of a neighborhood wide effort coordinated by Take Back The Streets. We’ll feast on rice and beans too provided by our volunteers. We’ll also start seeding cold weather crops as the ground is supposed to be thawed, and propagating cuttings and other perennials as possible. Finally, we’ll also be receiving compost and mulch deliveries from Syracuse Grows that we’ll need volunteers to unload and haul around the site.
In 2012 we started the journey together through design, fundraising and organizing, to build a forest garden on the grounds of the Rahma Free Clinic. In 2018, after 5 years of growing a forest, we will revisit and renew, taking an intentional look at what succeeded and what failed, redesigning plots and polycultures, and replanting and newly mulching spaces that haven’t yet fulfilled their potential at the Rahma Edible Forest Snack Garden in Syracuse NY, located at 3100 South Salina St.
For example, one of our first plots – the paw-paw/currant/gooseberry/mint polyculture – has been very stable, though we lost one pawpaw tree following a dry period during the summer of 2016. Most of the groundcover and herbaceous layer is productive, but some spots have seen takeover by plant species that we would rather convert to other productive residents. Thistle and wild lettuce will be replaced with friendlier clover, gaps between under-story specimens will be re-mulched and filled in with cuttings from the adjacent gooseberry and currants, and the pawpaw loss will be replanted with two new 4-foot tall saplings (approximate cost with shipping $100.00).
Second, the center of out garden has often suffered from dry periods, and the trees planted there have either been mortality specimens or have grown very very slowly. We will replant with a monarch waystation patch of 32 plants including 6 different species* ($136.85), as well as a triumvirate of Adirondack Gold Apricot trees ($104.24)!
The remaining funds from the $500 raised will go towards supplies and materials such as plant stakes, ID tags, snacks for volunteers, and clover seed. If we raise more than the $500, we’ll be able to extend our revisit to other patches in the forest too! Come take a look and share what areas you’d like to see receive some extra special TLC this year.
* (5) Butterflyweed for Clay (3″ Pots), (5) Rough Blazingstar (3″ Pots), (5) Common Milkweed (3″ Pots), (5) Sky Blue Aster (3″ Pots), (6) Hoary Vervain (3″ Pots), (6) Purple Coneflower (3″ Pots)
Picture above is from our annual Juneberry harvest! The perks we are providing to donors of this campaign are not metered out in buttons, or keychains, or postcards, or any other trinkets, but in real food, and planting stock, and seeds, that we give away and share with anyone that visits the edible food forest, from the plants that we grow on site!
Adding to Alchemical Nursery In The News, here’s a throwback to Syracuse.com article “Planting the seeds of sustainable urban gardens in Syracuse” from 2015:
The article details some of Alchemical Nursery’s origins, quotes leaders of the Rahma Edible Forest Snack Garden at the Rahma Free Health Clinic, and shares some of the hopes that animated the organization years ago and still today. Frank Cetera, co-founder and current president of Alchemical Nursery, is quoted: “A lot of people that don’t have a high income can’t afford produce,” he said. “We can help reduce the overall load to tax payers and social services agencies by providing a resource for people to grow their own food.” Get involved!
The Alchemical Nursery Project’s President and Co-Founder Frank Cetera has joined the initial cohort of early adopters in taking the Permaculture Association of the Northeast’s Educators Pledge.
“PAN’s Permaculture Educators’ Pledge is a voluntary commitment to uphold integrity in permaculture education. It describes a set of best practices permaculture educators use to design and teach their classes and events. This Pledge was created so that permaculture practitioners in our region, from beginners to emerging leaders, receive high-quality educational experiences and mentorship. It clarifies expectations in permaculture educational experiences and allows students to know teachers that sign the pledge honor and are committed to these practices.
This Pledge is a “living” document. PAN will continue to work to create opportunities for continued learning, sharing, feedback and suggestions regarding this pledge to ensure it continues to reflect the network’s values and desired best practices. These community-developed education practices were co-created BY members of the network FOR members of the network over a multi-year period, including input from the 2014 NAPC POC and Allies caucus. Those who sign the Pledge may advertise this designation on their websites and outreach materials. Permaculture educators who adhere to the Pledge must sign it annually. PAN does not make any guarantee that the individual educator is complying with the Pledge, though the network is open to exploring methods of increasing accountability.
WE PLEDGE THAT IN OUR TEACHING and MENTORING we:”
Honor and acknowledge the indigenous origins and techniques in permaculture. Teach to a diversity of learning styles, abilities and experiences. Teach to reach- auditory, visual, and kinesthetic learners. Accommodate access; i.e hold classes in spaces that are ADA compliant, scent free, allow for interpreters or translators. Conduct the classroom as a safe space for learning. We do not discriminate based on race, gender, sexual orientation, ability, immigration status. Recognize and engage students as bearers of knowledge. Cultivate ample diversity in the classroom. Are transparent with curriculum, teachers’ qualifications, and teachers’ bios by posting them on your website and/or promotional materials. Share syllabus, daily schedule, etc. with all prospective and registered students. Cite or acknowledge material used or built upon from other teachers and sources. Design in breaks and easy access for food, water, and bathroom. Articulate and model a zero tolerance policy for sexual harassment and sexual misconduct. Create mechanisms for feedback from students. Read and incorporate feedback into future teaching. Teach with diverse teaching teams, and highlight the work of women, people of color and other marginalized groups in case studies, field trips, works cited, etc. Highlight and connect with local teachers, projects and community members. Decrease financial and other barriers for attendance, i.e sliding scale, early bird pricing, payment plans, work trade, scholarships, child-care, weekend formats. Pay a living wage or offer equitable barter to all guest teachers, assistant teachers and organizers. Create opportunities for continued mentorship and pathways to leadership. For full details on the pledge visit http://northeastpermaculture.org/get-involved/the-pan-permaculture-educators-pledge/
Become a member patron today by giving only $1 per month ($12 annually or more if you can), and support our ongoing projects:
and some new projects:
Please donate today as we celebrate 10 years of serving the Permaculture/CNY Community. https://www.patreon.com/alchemicalnursery
NOTE: $12 minimum annual patrons receive one free garden art sign yearly (extra signs available to purchase for $10 each); and $10 in credit to our annual plant sale.
Join us for a special indoors Winter Friends and Family event celebrating our volunteers at the 610 Gifford St Community Garden. We’ll be meeting up on Saturday, February 10 at 11 AM – 1 PM in the lobby of the Cosmopolitan Building at 1153 West Fayette St, making seed bombs together to take home, having a lunch together, and making plans for Spring!
Come even if you have not volunteered before and learn about what we do, and how you can get involved. New volunteers are very welcome. Please RSVP at our Facebook event page below or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, so we have a head count for food preparations.
All new members who become Patreon pledgers qualify to take home one of the original signs from the gallery!! (inventory varies and is not guaranteed to include signs posted in the gallery). Additional signs available for $10 donations.
See gallery at http://1forpermaculture.wixsite.com/1forpermaculture
All new and continuing member pledgers receive an annual $10 credit for use at our spring plant sale to take place in April (day to be announced).
Enter your pledge at https://www.patreon.com/alchemicalnursery
Our Annual Winter Fundraising Raffle!! Tickets 1 for $2, 3 for $5, 7 for $10, 15 for $20. Buy tickets at https://squareup.com/
1st Prize: Johnny’s Organic Growing Bucket:
30 packets of seeds, everything you need to grow a whole garden, including sweet and hot peppers, zucchini, pink bumblebee tomato, lollo lettuce, red beets, broccoli, cantaloupe, butterhead lettuce, cauliflower, spinach, early carrots, king richard leeks, pie pumpkins, habanero, pink beauty radishes, swiss chard, pickling cucumbers, yellow squash, genovese basil, delicata squash winter, purple top turnip, kaleidoscope nasturtium, zohar sunflower, green cabbage, encore lettuce mix, new girl tomato, goldkrone dill, jade bush beans, sugar ann snap peas, jumbo bush beans, PLUS a Johnny’s bumper sticker and pen!!! A family pack of 4 Alchemical Nursery T-shirts, and a package of Giant Red Garnet Amaranth grown by the Alchemical Nursery at Bitternut Homestead, and a package of 5,000 pelleted Ridgeline Romaine Lettuce Seed from Johnny’s. A total value of $185.
2nd Prize: Turtle Tree Seed Heirloom Gift Pack – Aunt Ada’s Pole Beans, Schweizer Riesen Snow Peas, Myona Tomato, Boothby Blonde Cucumber, and Petunia Perseverance. Plus a pair of Alchemical Nursery T-Shirts, and a package of Giant Red Garnet Amaranth grown by the Alchemical Nursery at Bitternut Homestead, and a package of 5,000 pelleted Ridgeline Romaine Lettuce Seed from Johnny’s. A total value of $45.
Become a “$1 for Permaculture” Supporting Member. Having a sustaining number of pledgers willing to donate $1 per month (more if you can) allows us to better budget for our annual expenses, and gives us more time for growing food rather than fundraising.
Pledgers will take home a free garden art sign from our SaltQuarters gallery show on March 4th. Enter your pledge at https://www.patreon.com/
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