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2022 Annual Fundraiser Plant Sale

Plant Sale Orders Due by Wednesday 11:59 PM for Saturday Pick-up

Alchemical and Bread and Rose’s 5th? Annual Fundraiser plant sale, supports our Near Westside community gardening projects. Plant sale final week, orders due by 11:59 PM on Wednesday Night, pickup window 11 am – 2 pm on Saturday; pick-ups can also be made after Saturday by scheduling.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1003936433835471

Natives and edible perennials: berry bushes, shrubs, rain garden plants, ferns, herbs, and perennial vegetables! Some house plants and gardening supplies may also be available this year.

Proceeds benefit the urban planting work of The Alchemical Nursery Project and the Bread and Roses Collective. Please support local grass-root groups committed in promoting urban sustainability!

Recognizing ongoing constraints from the COVID-19 pandemic, we are once again practicing the email ordering and curbside pickup model we used last year to continue this event safely.

Please place orders online by messaging us (through this event page) or emailing (info@alchemicalnursery.org for ANP tagged items OR jess.maxwell@me.com for BNR tagged items) with the following info:

1. Plants and items you’d like to purchase from the inventory (include source from either B&R or ANP, sizes, quantities, and price each). Please provide your email address so we can send you a virtual invoice for you to make payment prior to pickup. Ordering will close at 11:59 pm on Wednesday May 4th.

2. Indicate your choice of Pickup location on either the Westside of Syracuse at The Alchemical Nursery at 717 Otisco St, or the Eastside of Syracuse at Bread and Roses at 405 Westcott St.

3. B&R will also host an in-person sale this year 11-2 at 405 Westcott St.
Our 2022 inventory can be viewed at the following link. Please post on this event if you’d like more info or photos of a specific plant, or if you have any other questions that may apply to other customers. (The inventory may not be exhaustive of plants we can propagate for you – if you’re looking for something specific, please ask!)

https://tinyurl.com/429ty7bn

Orders will be put curbside in front of 405 Westcott St or alongside 717 Otisco St for pickup anytime between 11 am – 2 pm.

MENTION: Greater Syracuse Land Bank Newsletter November 2021

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Read the full profile by visiting the newsletter online at https://mailchi.mp/038993670a1a/january-newsletter-5128333?e=[UNIQID]

MENTION: Scaling up Agroforestry North American Conference 2021

Session A: Urban Agroforestry

FOOD FORESTS – BUILDING EDIBLE COMMUNITY LANDSCAPES –
Gary Wyatt University of Minnesota Extension – Recognizes our quality educational and interpretive signage at the Rahma Edible Food Forest Garden during this year’s conference

Tour of the Rahma Food Forest Garden with Frank Cetera

Many of you were instrumental in the design, development, and management of Rahma Food Forest Garden over the years, come out for a tour to see how things stand. And learn how you can help with the next phase of development as we work to stabilize the understory beneath our canopy.

https://www.facebook.com/events/764065274091605

If you can, become a supporting member at www.patreon.com/alchemicalnursery

Harvest Announcements Now Available via SMS Text Messaging

Scan this QR Code with your Smart Phone to sign up for our garden site harvest notifications through the growing seasons!

VIRTUAL MISO MAKING FUNDRAISER EVENT

Friday, February 26th, 2021 at 6 pm – 7:30 pm

Joint fundraiser for The Alchemical Nursery Project (ANP) and the Syracuse Refugee Agriculture Program (SyRAP)

Come learn how to make traditional miso from Kayo Green in a fun Zoom class! What is Miso? Miso is a fermented soybean paste that is popular in Japan and throughout Asia. The rich savory flavor can be used in soups, marinades, salad dressings, and even some desserts. Hosted by Frank Cetera of the Alchemical Nursery Project and Lucy Spence of Syracuse RISE.

$25 donation to view and participate in Live & Interactive Zoom Class. >> Unlimited People

$10 add-on for ½ pint of white miso in mason jar (available in 12 weeks after virtual event when fermentation is complete, pickup only) >> Limit 16 people

$15 add-on kit of soybeans and koji to make your own miso (available after the virtual event, scheduled pick-up only >> Limit 16 people

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Gift Cards for Spring Plant Sale Now Available!

That’s right, just in time for holiday gift giving.  What better gift than the gift of greenery.  Our Spring Perennial and Native Plant Sale is entering it’s 5th year and it gets bigger and better each year (in partnership with the Bread and Roses Collective).

Our plants are sourced from our community growing sites right in the City of Syracuse, from the Rahma Food Forest on the Southside, the 610 Gifford Street Community Garden in the Near Westside, and volunteers’ own homesites in a variety of locations.

To see a list of what we had to offer this past Spring of 2020, visit our plant sale inventory sheet (note, this list will be updated for the 2021 plant sale and is subject to change).

Gift cards can be redeemed for anything on our available list starting on April 1st 2021.  So give a gift today that will extend out mission, vision, and plants plants plants to more people in and around Syracuse and Onondaga County!

You can purchase gift cards form our Square e-commerce site at  https://squareup.com/gift/CAB9FQXG8VXT6/order

To take advantage of the discount promotions ($5 off a $20 purchase, or $10 off a $35 purchase) for being a supporting member through our Patreon account, first visit: https://www.patreon.com/alchemicalnursery and sign up for the $2.00 or higher monthly donation level.

NOTE: Gift cards only redeemable for Alchemical Nursery Project inventory items (Code ANP).

Stop the Zombie Bind Weed! Halloween Cleanup

Clean Up Day on Saturday October 31 at 2pm!
The Rahma Food Forest (3100 South Salina St) is under attack by hungry hungry bind weed. This vine is growing out of control like a zombie and it must be stopped. We need your help eradicate this invasive weed and protect the fruit trees and berries.
To kill zombies, you need to destroy their brains, best one with a chainsaw, machete, or sword.
To stop an invasive weed you must pull it from the root. Best done wearing gloves. We will also sheet mulch with cardboard and leaves to slow the bind weed from growing back.
Come prepared to be COVID safe and garden safe:
– masks required when working along side other volunteers!
– dress for the weather!
– bring your work gloves, weed forks, and hand spades if you have them.
– Hand sanitizer will be provided.
– Bring your own water.
If you REALLY plan to attend, RSVP here so we can have an accurate head count and can more effectively plan for providing supplies and the work that can be  done: https://forms.gle/58c33f2ps8sFPKHQA

Fall To-Do at 610 Gifford Community Garden

We had a fun fifth year at 610 Gifford St in 2020, and it’s time to clean up, organize, and prepare for 2021. If you want to pick one day to visit and lend a hand this fall, this coming Saturday October 24th is it, 11:00 am start time.

Here’s our Fall To-Do List in pictures:

 

Constant vigilance with the bindweed.  Concentrating this week on the strawberry beds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nothing doing here, just a note that we repurposed the former potato bed with some kale seedlings and some black currant cuttings we hope will root that we salvaged from one of the black currant bushes that was damaged by a falling tree branch during last week’s storm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harvesting of the highbush cranberry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hard to see, but would like to dig out the coneflower from the middle of this bed and transplant somewhere near the front of the site.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This former radish and herb bed will become the new potato bed, we have taters to plant on Saturday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clean up of the corn and squash bed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This perennial bed will be cleaned up and receive a major batch of new asparagus crowns to expand this crop.  With care to also select for the raspberry that have moved into this bed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pull the mint from this middle bed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another shot of the asparagus bed from the other side.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The rhubarb bed will also be a bit reorganized.  Two of the rhubarb are growing too close together. We will dig up divide and plant out with better spacing in the same bed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another shot of the rhubarb bed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The potatoes for planting.  Fall potato plantings requires they be placed a few inches below ground and it is not necessary to chit (cut and dry) them first.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The asparagus crowns that Frank dug from Brady Farm, they were giving them away as they renovate the bed the asparagus were in for a different crop.