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Welcome to the web site of the Alchemical Nursery project! What can we create together towards a sustainable future…?

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Contact us at info [at] alchemcialnursery.org or the Alchemical Nursery page on Facebook.

Rahma Stewardship Team Scheduling

Getting a permaculture forest garden through the first stage of succession takes work. Trees take time for their canopies to emerge, and there is rigorous competition as intended cover crops try to spread and establish themselves. All that means Rahma Forest Garden needs extra care and maintenance as it perseveres toward a more stable state: freeing up trees, pulling out obvious overgrowth of weeds, pruning and clearing trails and growing space to help people and plants thrive there.

We’re growing a Stewardship Team to look after Rahma Forest Garden. The team schedule is on Google Drive and can be accessed at the following link. Please feel free to sign up for a participation or leadership slot, or make note of a time you’ll be going to steward the garden!

Rahma Stewardship Team Schedule ( https://goo.gl/xOAWv3 )

Right now, the Rahma Stewardship Team is mostly Alchemical Nursery board members and regular volunteers, and we’d like to expand the team and involve more local community members. Being an Alchemical Nursery, part of our long-term goal is to pass on mature and fruitful projects to local communities once we’ve nursed the seeds into sprouts and cared for sprouts so they grow up as hearty creatures! Right now, Rahma is a little bit beyond the sprout stage and needs attention and support, as well as a shift in stewardship toward long-term, local care and enjoyment. As Alchemical Nursery we strive to facilitate that through training volunteers, raising community awareness about permaculture lifestyles & landscapes in Syracuse, and hosting educational workshops for a diversity of youth & adults. All that takes time, resources, and most importantly: volunteers! We invite anyone with interest in learning more or getting more involved to reach out to us and come to the forest garden!

Equality, liberty, and efficiency – finding a balance

Our society has skyrocketed in efficiency. I see this efficiency and how it’s been a long-time in the making. I also see in politics how the left-right arguments tend to highlight a supposed battle of equality vs liberty-and-efficiency. How, if at all, does liberty and efficiency go together nowadays, and how does our prioritization of efficiency impact equality?

I think our preference for efficiency has led us to an imbalanced state. In mainstream tendencies, I see that we prioritize efficiency highest of all. Because of this, equality has suffered, and even liberty is at loss; concentrating power in few makes it more difficult for the many individuals and common goods to reach real opportunities and to contribute to their personal and our collective potential. What kind of liberty do I have in a setting rigged[1] by powerful few, keeping their own high-and-mighty interests & direction in mind? What kind of liberty can both my neighbors and I enjoy, if we found our success in debt-based finances[2]? Though I hear folks claiming to fight for liberty by supporting high prioritization of efficiency, I see the preference for extreme efficiency breeds an authoritarian oligarchy, destroying liberty in the same breath as it blocks equality; destroying our common resources and environment in the same breath as it blocks the human spirit.

Liberty is something important in the middle I think. In libertarian philosophy there are subsets which sway to the left, favoring equality, and subsets which sway to the right, favoring efficiency. What is the middle ground? In the United States, we are familiar with the word as we pledge our allegiance “…with Liberty and Justice for All.” How can we move in this middle way?[3] The last word of that pledge is “All.” The core value of equality comes from that word “All” and its meaning, and it fits naturally in a saying calling for liberty and justice.

Statue of Liberty with Sunset (https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BAI_wySCcAEOgaK.jpg)

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Gardening Day at 610 Gifford St

Don’t miss our opening Gardening Day at the 610 Gifford St Community Garden on Saturday April 23rd from 1 pm – 3 pm.  It’s a good opportunity to come and meet one of Syracuse’s newest community gardens, in the heart of the Near West Side.  Plants and tools will be provided, you only have to show up.

April 23 2016 Gardening Day Capture

Starhawk Audio Archived from Syracuse 02.24.16

DSCN0042Select audio portions of Starhawk‘s visit to Syracuse on February 24th, 2016 courtesy of The Alchemical Nursery Project.  Both clips PART 1 and PART 2 are about 30 minutes in length each.

Don’t forget to sign up for our plant swap this spring, and/or plan to come for the sale.

And finally, if you appreciate the Permaculture work we are doing here in Syracuse as a 100% volunteer run and operated organization, please consider being a supporting member of our $1 for Permaculture Club ($1 per month for 12 months = $12 annual donation, please give more if you can, try $2 per month :>)



Perennial Plant Swap & Sale on May Day!

Natives and edible perennials, with Bread and Roses Collective
405 Westcott Street, Syracuse
Sunday, May 1, 2016
Swap: 10am (pre-register)
Sale: 11:30am-2pm
Berry bushes, shrubs, rain garden plants, ferns and perennial vegetables! All welcome at the sale, but you must have at least 10 appropriate plants and pre-register to participate in the swap. Proceeds benefit the urban planting work of the Alchemical Nursery Project and Bread & Roses Collective.
Details & Registration: 315.422.4924
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Bitternut Homestead News

This 9 pounds of black currants, plus 6 pounds we harvested yesterday, are becoming jam right now! ...

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We're having two rooms available soon at Bitternut collective house (717 Otisco St). One open at the start of August, and one in mid-September. We are looking for someone who is socially aware and active, culturally and politically progressive, is able to contribute to the garden and other household chores as a team. And, we like bikes! But we don't spend every minute together, we want people to have their own lives and circles of friends and activities outside the house too. We are a 4 bedroom house, Ursula and Frank currently share one room, and a second is occupied by Nate who is a 20-something working at an engineering firm in town who is originally from the Syracuse area. Our garden is doing great this year, and most repairs/final details of house completion are scheduled to be finished this summer/fall (after 5 years of toil). Single rooms are $400 (includes all utilities), double-rooms are $500 (so that is only $250 per person). Food is an additional cost, we shop and cook together, we try to have a plant-based kitchen culture.

Check out these intro interview questions if you are thinking about submitting your interest in a spot in our collective home!

1) Where do you go to school/work currently? How will you support yourself financially while a housemate? Where are you moving from, locally or from out of Syracuse? What are your current living arrangements and why are you looking for new living arrangements? How long do you plan on staying at Bitternut?
2) Have you ever lived in a collective house or Intentional Community before, and what are your questions, expectations, limits, and concerns?
3) Who would be moving in with you (if anyone)? What are your dietary preferences (we practice a plant-based diet)?
4) Are you able to reside with us while construction, finish work, and general site developments are in process?
5) Please provide one housing reference and one personal reference.
6) What time period would you be looking to move in if you were accepted?
7) Are you a dog person or a cat person (Cats are not permitted due to resident allergies, and we currently have one dog).
8) Describe your political philosophy in 3 sentences or less.
9) If you had a full day of free time, how would you most likely spend it? How do you spend your leisure time?
10) Are you a "kitchen person"? Are you a "garden person"? What do those terms mean to you? What does it mean to you to participate in the household and the social justice/ecological wisdom mission of the collective?

Frank Raymond Cetera

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Rahma Forest Garden News

Rahma Edible Forest Snack Garden added an event. ...

Bi-weekly Community Food Forest Care Gathering

July 30, 2016, 12:30am - July 30, 2016, 2:30am

There will indeed be another of our bi-weekly community gatherings to care for the Rahma Forest Garden happening Saturday July 30th from 12:30-2:30 pm. (3100 South Salina St) Join our grassroots non-profit team of Alchemical Nursery in maintaining our collectively managed urban edible forest garden in Syracuse. We provide some tools and gloves, but please bring your own if you have them.

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Rahma Edible Forest Snack Garden updated their cover photo. ...

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We're having some technical difficulties with posting our event this weekend. But, there will indeed be another community gathering to care for the Rahma Forest Garden happening this Saturday July 16th from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. (3100 South Salina St)

From our day's host Ally: "Join our grassroots non-profit team of Alchemical Nursery in maintaining our most mature urban edible forest garden in Syracuse. Refreshments, tools, and guidance will be provided as well as a connection with plants and nature in the urban setting. Best of all, there will be a variety of edibles to eat while you work, likely including currants, gooseberries, black raspberries and herbs! Hope to see you there :)"

Just let us know if you have any questions since we can't point you to the event page. But just show up and there will be a few awesome people at the site to get you engaged!

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Alchemical Nursery description on Idealist.org

You can see a clear & concise overview of what the Alchemical Nursery Project is about on our Idealist.org page:


Salt City Sorcerers: Alchemical Nursery article on Jerk Magazine

An article about the Alchemical Nursery Project which shares some background history, an overview of founding and ongoing intentions, and some outside perspectives.

Alchemical Nursery members believe that integrating permacultural methods will save energy, eliminate waste, and pave the way toward increased sustainability and self-sufficiency. The organization’s efforts also focus on providing an economic and social catalyst for urban areas by weaving agriculture into Syracuse’s inner city.

Read more here: http://www.jerkmagazine.net/salt-city-sorcerers-alchemical-nursery/