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Day-to-day updates are on social media pages for each project – links to that below. This site offers announcements and articles, long-term info and updates, and ways to get involved.

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The Depot in 2022

Take a look back at 2022 scenes from The Depot. Want to volunteer and/or join as a member to use the services and tools in 2023, send us a note at and we’ll get back to you. Follow along on Facebook at and keep an eye out in your email box for Alchemical’s monthly-ish e-newsletter for further details and events.


  1. Interior designer to plan our tool and workspace layouts.
  2. New wrench sets (2)
  3. Flooring materials
  4. truing stand
  5. White paint or other leftover paint (contact us with what you have)

Adopt-A-Bed Today at 610 Gifford St Community Garden

As we continue to transition the 610 Gifford Street Community Garden to being majority perennial based plantings, we have implemented an Adopt-A-Bed program trial this year that is meeting with some success. Over 5 years in, since the formation of the 610 Gifford garden, numerous founding members have either moved from the neighborhood or taken their use of time elsewhere, resulting in a need to reduce labor and inputs to sustain the viability of stewardship of the site. Although we still welcome annual beds, we are focused on perennial beds, and have 5 people now who have adopted at least one of them!

Frank has adopted the rhubarb bed, which also includes some plantings of herbs including chives and bergamot underneath a yellow fruiting dogwood. Susan has adopted the strawberry border bed facing Gifford St. Kathy has adopted the native wildflowers bed planted in the right-of-way strip along Gifford St. Ursula has adopted the two pallet strawberry beds in the interior of the lot. And most recently, Carrie has adopted a new strawberry bed adjacent to the other interior strawberry beds and next to the highbush cranberry, where we are removing mint and expanding berries!

Why are perennial beds easier to maintain and adopt? The plants are usually more drought tolerant, and don’t require regular watering over the summer. The plants have a permanent place, making it easier to identify weeds that are growing around them, and reducing the need to clean them out and replant them every year. And, they are pretty much guaranteed to produce a product for harvest every year! We have lots and lots of rhubarb, strawberries, and mint year in and year out no problems, and we can all share with each other when it is harvest time.

Want to get in on the fun? Here’s some beds looking for an adopter:

The Sorrell Bed
The Kale Bed
The Raspberry and Asparagus Bed
The Redbud Beds
The Herbs Bed
The Native Raspberry and Sunchoke Bed

Get in touch, or show up Saturdays at 11 am during the fall/winter/spring seasons, call or text ahead to double-check that we’ll be there, everyone sets their own schedules. Adopters will be asked to visit their beds at least 1-2 times per month. We’ll teach you what else you need to know for care and harvest.

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.

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 ( for ANP tagged items OR 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!)

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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MENTION: Scaling up Agroforestry North American Conference 2021

Session A: Urban Agroforestry

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.

If you can, become a supporting member at

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!


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


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

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: 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).