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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 :>)

PART 1

PART 2

Perennial Plant Swap & Sale on May Day!

Natives and edible perennials, with Bread and Roses Collective
405 Westcott Street, Syracuse
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Sunday, May 1, 2016
Swap: 10am (pre-register)
Sale: 11:30am-2pm
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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.
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Details & Registration: 315.422.4924
jessica@breadandrosescollective.org
www.facebook.com/breadandrosescollective
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www.alchemicalnursery.org
www.facebook.com/alchemicalnursery
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https://www.facebook.com/events/1055103591213510/
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Bitternut Homestead News

Anyone got one of these steel T-shaped clothesline forms they aren't using and want it dug out and taken away? Looking to pair another one up with the single we inherited in the backyard at Bitternut. ...

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A lawn of clover and #DeadNettle make a great spring feast for early bees. ...

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Rahma Forest Garden News

Thanks for the help at Rahma today! We had a good team of volunteers giving some new & old plants a good start for the season! All the while admiring insects, and enjoying some edibles by eating them and bringing some home to transplant!

Soon to be more work to do at the forest garden, so stay tuned!

Also, please consider becoming a benefactor to our *$1 for Permaculture* campaign! (www.patreon.com/alchemicalnursery) Chipping in a mere $12 a year can go a long way for the local permaculture movement. In particular, we could use help replacing a couple of trees that were stolen...and boosting our education & outreach efforts so folks can propagate their own plants from the garden without damaging them!

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

Rahma Forest Garden Spring Fling (of weeds into the compost pile!)

May 22, 2016, 12:00pm - May 22, 2016, 2:00pm

Time to fling weeds into the compost pile! Syracuse's first Forest Garden needs some people power help. Spring is here and plants at Rahma Forest Garden are blasting off. Help us keep the garden enjoyable for one another and the community at large, freeing up the fruit trees and other plants we intend to grow and share with all people. All you need to bring is yourself, able bodied and/or willing to learn! We appreciate all the support we can get, as we work as minimalists given our non-profit status.

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Today's returns: mentored 3 youth farm workers in permaculture, sheet mulching, and rubus care at Rahma. Discovered two stolen trees (a pear and a peach) at Rahma, one student lost one of our hand trowels, and one volunteer broke one of our ditch spades. Planted 70 community strawberry plants between Rahma Forest Garden on South Salina and 610 Gifford St community garden.

Become a Patron. Make your $1 for Permaculture pledge to support the work of the Alchemical Nursery in Syracuse! Help us buy new shovels every week:>) www.patreon.com/alchemicalnursery
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Today's returns: mentored 3 youth farm workers in permaculture, sheet mulching, and rubus care at Rahma. Discovered two stolen trees (a pear and a peach) at Rahma, one student lost one of our hand trowels, and one volunteer broke one of our ditch spades. Planted 70 community strawberry plants between Rahma Forest Garden on South Salina and 610 Gifford St community garden. Make your $1 for Permaculture pledge to support the work of the Alchemical Nursery in Syracuse! Help us buy new shovels every week:>) www.patreon.com/alchemicalnursery

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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:

http://www.idealist.org/view/nonprofit/z4f3NfKk4K5P/

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/