SPRING 2024: Backyard Greens Foraging, Forest Gardens, Plant Sale, Bicycle Depot Events 🚲🌳

Backyard Greens Foraging Walk
Bitternut Homestead, 717 Otisco St. Syracuse, NY 13204
Friday, April 19, 5:30-6:30PM

Backyard and community garden walk and foraging to learn and share about the bounty of free and nutritious edible greens that are growing in Syracuse and Central New York. We’ll visit a couple yards and the community garden to identify and collect local plants. After the walk, there will be an opportunity to prepare a shared meal/dish using the greens we harvest!

Dress for the weather. Bring scissors and a small basket if you have them! FREE. Suggested donation $5-15 to benefit the Alchemical Nursery.

Please RSVP at https://forms.gle/q5NcN1fhKWE9MJGc6

Ursula sampling the bittercress.
Volunteer Opportunity: Forest Garden Openings and Resource Day
Saturday April 20th, 2024

610 Gifford St Community Garden from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
3100 S. Salina St Rahma Forest Garden from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

> Syracuse Grows Resource Drive compost and mulch truck unloading.
> Trash pick-up and garden organizing.
> Pruning and weeding.
> Dividing, propagating and potting up for the Alchemical Nursery 9th annual plant sale that will take place on Saturday May 11th.

Join the Alchemical Nursery to open up our community garden sites for 2024, come to one or both. These community gardens are unique in Syracuse in that they are mini-forests, fully planted and tended with perennial species, both native and naturalized. Participate in food access and ecological stewardship together.Dress for the weather. Bring tools and gloves if you have them.

Please RSVP at https://forms.gle/UUH8MpisQSfEuhK39
Bicycle Depot Work Day on Sunday, May 5 and Bike Month Activities!  

The Bike Depot is a labor of love and a space where we share bike repair skills and aim to make riding and maintenance accessible to Syracuse cyclists, especially folks who might not have the resources to take their bike to a commercial bicycle shop. We invite new and ongoing volunteers and friends of the Bike Depot for our first 2024 Work Day on Sunday May 5 from 2-4PM.

 Please RSVP via this form if you can help on May 5. May is Bike Month (!!) Mark your calendars for Bike Depot Activities in May 2024: 

Spring Work Day – Sunday, May 5th 2:00PM-4:00PM – Tasks and projects TBD as we get closer to Sunday, May 5th but activities may include: tool and bike part organizing, painting, litter pickup and weeding, and more. Please let us know in the RSVP know if you have special skills you want to shareBike Depot Open House – Tuesday, May 14th 5:30PM – 6:30PM Meet volunteers and community members to learn about resources, opportunities, and activities happening at the Bike Depot. Refreshments served.New Volunteer Orientation – Saturday May 18th – 1-3PM Volunteers are needed to help in a variety of ways: Outreach and Flyering, Graphics Design, and Volunteer Mechanics to help co-host free open shop hours in June, July and August. This orientation is for anyone who wants to volunteer at the Bike Depot during Summer 2024. After the orientation, we’ll make a volunteer schedule for the Summer. Open Shop hours will most likely take place Tuesday evenings and Saturday afternoons in June through September. 

Thank you for being part of our Bike Depot community! We hope to have more exciting announcements to share as we receive applications for the bike depot mural and schedule Bike Depot Open Shop and workshops. If you are into group rides, check out the Syracuse Bike Party each last Saturday of the month!
9th Annual Spring Fundraiser PLANT SALE

Our annual plant sale will take place on Saturday May 11th, Pre-orders are open now!  Find instructions and inventory at this link.  Become a Patreon monthly supporting member (see below) before you place your order and get a $10 credit to the sale, scroll down!  Get updates and info also at the Facebook Event page –https://www.facebook.com/events/405336265470809

And Lastly, BECOME A PATRON OF $1 FOR PERMACULTUREpatreon.com/alchemicalnursery Our team is 100% volunteer, help us spend more time in the garden and with the land, and less time on the computer and with fundraising, by becoming a supporting monthly member at our Patreon account.
Give as little as $1 a month.  
CURRENT PERKS for all donation levels:
MERCH: Alchemical Nursery Project water bottle; a Paper Copy of all newly published organizational Zines.
PROMOS: 50% off purchase of garden art signs; $10 credit to each Spring’s annual plant sale;  Promotional Specials on Plant Sale Gift Card Orders.
PDC CREDIT: Permaculture Design Certificate credit for completion of ANP PDC sessions.
711 Otisco Commons Lot Clean-up
Hearty thanks to Lindsay, Abby, Kathy, and Antonio for joining Frank and bearing the rainy and windy weather to clean up the 711 Otisco Commons lot and the street corridor on Saturday! 

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