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    Ten Tips for Taxpayers Making Charitable Donations

    Alchemical in Alchemical Blog on Aug 30, 2010
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    Operating as a legal 501(c)3 non-profit organization (or a community benefits organization) enables Alchemical to receive grant and foundation funds, as well as to accept donations from individuals for which they can receive a tax deduction.

    We often receive questions regarding this type of giving.  In addition, as a fiscal sponsor, we have numerous programs for which we are the umbrella organization in regards to legal fiscal non-profit representation, including Syracuse First and Syracuse Grows.  It is therefore important for not only individual donors, but also program representatives from Alchemical and all of our fiscally sponsored projects to understand the details behind charitable donations.

    "Ten Tips for Taxpayers Making Charitable Donations" have been shared as part of the IRS's regular outreach "Tax Tips" newsletter. Here are a few of the tips with comments related to Alchemical, follow the link at the bottom for the full list.

    1. Charitable contributions must be made to qualified organizations to be deductible. You can ask any organization whether it is a qualified organization and most will be able to tell you. (Alchemical and all of it's fiscally sponsored projects are qualified organizations) 

    3. You generally can deduct your cash contributions and the fair market value of most property you donate to a qualified organization. (Property, or non-cash donations must be accompanied by a special form that includes the description and fair market value of the item(s))

    4. If your contribution entitles you to receive merchandise, goods, or services in return – such as admission to a charity banquet or sporting event – you can deduct only the amount that exceeds the fair market value of the benefit received.  (If you get a T-shirt, for instance, as part of your donation, you must reduce the value of the T-shirt from the full amount before claiming your deduction)

    8. For any contribution of $250 or more, you must have written acknowledgment from the organization to substantiate your donation. This written proof must include the amount of cash and a description and good faith estimate of value of any property you contributed, and whether the organization provided any goods or services in exchange for the gift. (Alchemical provides receipts, either on paper or electronically, for all donations valued at $250 or more)

    Full Article Link: http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=172936,00.html

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  • Sasha

    Rain Barrels in the WestSide!

    Sasha in Alchemical Blog on Aug 27, 2010
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    I've spent the past 2 days battling google documents...but it was worth it! People will now be able to register online for a rain barrel workshop which will be held in Lipe Art Park on Sunday, September 26th!

    I am attempting to set the workshop up so that West siders will be able to leave with a free rain barrel. I seem to be half way there so I am pretty excited!
    There will be an informational session on constructing, installing, and maintaining the barrels at the beginning;  we will also be talking about why everyone should want one and why they should probably go home and tell there friends they want one too!  Participants will also be able to paint on their barrels or build clay faces around the spouts... I know, it sounds fun! I will post an announcement as soon as all the details are worked out, so keep a look out!

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  • ValerieDawnStar

    Day tripping

    ValerieDawnStar in Member Posts on Aug 11, 2010
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    William and I drove up to Redfield today to meet my new friend, Kathleen.  We exchanged comfrey and stinging nettles and rose hips and black-eyed Susan and Monarda seeds.  I got to meet -- and hold -- her sweet chickens.  Also got to meet her husband, Ron (just a handshake), three dogs and a stand-offish cat.  She showed me the chicken tractors and coop she built and I took copious mental notes.  We visited and spoke of dowsing eggs for fertility and gender, dowsing for underground water and dowsing for aberrant energy spaces.  We shared herbal stories.  We spoke of her plans for the new house she and Ron are building.  Since they are right in the middle of getting their permits in order and planning their new space, we talked about natural house building the most.  William attempted to entertain us all with his guitar but it turned out the dogs -- schnoodles? -- all liked to sing!  And their singing was very shrill barking so William soon left for a walk around the property.  I had such a lovely visit I didn’t want to leave.  So much to talk about!  I also didn’t want to overstay my welcome.  So we headed out, gifted with flowers plucked from her perennial gardens.

    We headed around Salmon River reservoir towards the falls.  A bit cooler up there.  800 feet above sea level.  There were quite a few other folks there, as well.  A couple had brought lawn chairs and drinks and were situated just above the cliff, enjoying the view.  On the trail, we even met a man with his family who restores/ builds guitars.  Since William was carrying his old Burl Ives Gibson, they stopped and chatted a bit about old guitars.

    We headed back through Pulaski and stopped for ice cream and cheese at the Colosse store.  Then a lovely drive home.  Pleasant day.

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  • Mackenzie

    Participatory- Democracy in practice article link

    Mackenzie in Member Posts on Aug 08, 2010
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    http://inthesetimes.org/article/6202/the_quiet_revolution


    This article focuses on the participatory comunal councils popping up in Venezuela. The current form has groups from across the political spectrum, borrows from the participatory economic model developed in Porto Allegre, Brazil and could be a cutting edge experiment in democracy based on consent and participation instead of advertising and manipulation...

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  • Adrienne

    Senate Passes One Year Hyrdrofracking Ban

    Adrienne in Member Posts on Aug 04, 2010
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    Sweet victory, for now! Seems like the hard work that I did over the winter canvassing with Citizens' Campaign for the Environment through the brutal ice and snow vis-a-vis hydrofracking moratorium went into effect! Today the NYS Senate passed a one year ban on the toxic drilling practice.

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  • Alchemical

    Kwanzaa Garden Vandalized

    Alchemical in Alchemical Blog on Aug 02, 2010
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    The Kwanzaa Garden on the southside of Syracuse has been renovated this year thanks to B.E.A.N. (Becoming Environmentally Aware Nationwide), a fiscally sponsored project of the Glossary Link Alchemical Nursery.  And thanks to a grant from the Gifford Foundation, a new fence and other improvements to the garden were implemented just this past weekend.  Unfortunately, someone didn't take kindly to the improvements as implemented, and a portion of the fence was knocked down within a day of it's being erected.

    The fence was installed to try and prevent illegal activity at the garden site where drug paraphernalia has been commonly found.  B.E.A.N. organizer keierra Jackson said 

    "the fence was a necessity.  We don’t want to be growing our crops right next to (people’s) drugs,” she said. “Plus, there are children out here. It’s horrible.”

    Read the full article about the incident at the Post-Standard online - http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2010/08/vandals_damage_kwanzaa_communi.html

    Volunteers to help with the repairs and future upkeep of the garden can contact B.E.A.N. at 436-8116.  You can also make a donation to help with the repairs by calling the same number of clicking on the DONATE NOW button right here on the Alchemical website.  Be sure to indicate that your donation is for B.E.A.N. on the donation form.  

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  • Alchemical

    Alchemical E-Newsletter - Fri July 30, 2010

    Alchemical in Alchemical Blog on Aug 02, 2010
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    [NOTE from Editor:  Although this was released into the wild via mass email last Thursday evening, many intended recipients did not receive it due to technical issues we are still trying to uncover (perhaps due to the newer content management system), thank you for reading it here online.]

    The 
    				Glossary Link
    				Alchemical Nursery News & Events
    Friday July 30, 2010 - Sunrise 5:53 A.M. Sunset 8:29 P.M - Moon waning 82%
    The vegetable garden is likely to require daily harvesting now. Cucumbers, squash, tomatoes, eggplant, and peppers should be picked as soon as the fruits are ready. This captures the best flavor, and also makes way for new fruits. Remove dead pea vines, bolted lettuce, and other plants that have gone by and add them to the 
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    				compost pile.
     
    www.alchemicalnursery.org
    
    1] Website Migration and New Template
    2] ArtMusicPeople July 30 - TTP Artworks on Display
    3] Save-The-Date - Oct 2 and Oct 3
    4] Latest Discussions at the 
    				Glossary Link
    				Permaculture Guild
    5] Congratulations to our Fiscally Sponsored Projects
    
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    1] Website Migration and New Template
    
    If you haven't been to the Alchemical Nursery website recently, take a peek.  We've completed our data migration to the updated version of our Joomla! content management system, and in the process have also updated our theme template - so things have a new look. 
    
    The layout and final content are not yet 100% complete as certain modules still need to be recreated and certain settings need to be reapplied, so you'll notice more differences in the weeks to come as the final layout gets settled in.  So in the meantime please excuse our dust.
    
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    2] ArtMusicPeople July 30 - TTP Artworks on Display
    
    Join a wide range of artists and musicians at the ArtMusicPeople "Gypsies Pirates and Cowboys! Bikes for Refugees" at Spark Contemporary Art Space, 1005 East Fayette St. Syracuse, NY.  Gallery opens at 1 PM. Music starts at 7PM! 6 dollars after 7pm.  Full details are at the Facebook event page:
    http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=102179979835150&ref=ts
    
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    3] Save-The-Date - Oct 2 and Oct 3
    
    Alchemical is organizing two exciting events for this fall.
    
    October 2 - "Attend a special screening of the documentary film "Visions of Utopia" (94 minutes) - Saturday October 2nd, starting at 11:00 am, at the Westcott Community Center, corner of Euclid Ave and Westcott St, Syracuse, NY.  This event is FREE and open to everyone, and will take place in partnership with the Westcott Bulb Project.  "Visions of Utopia", distributed by the Fellowship for Intentional Communities, features profiles of seven diverse communities from across the breadth of the United States, plus a fascinating history of 2500 years of shared living intentional communities.  This film garnered the Communal Studies Association's "Outstanding Project Award" for Producer Geoph Kozeny.  A panel discussion will be held at the conclusion of the screening where we will discuss reactions to the film, as well as intentional community and ecovillage initiatives in the Central NY region."
    
    October 3 - Join the Syracuse Permaculture Guild for a Sunday afternoon of permaculture education and comraderie.  Folks will come together for a 12 Noon potluck lunch at 717 Otisco Street.  While digging in, Valerie Dawnstar will present an Introduction to Permaculture curriculum and discussion that will be followed by some hands-on activities to help develop the permaculture landscape at this urban residential property.  The focus of the activities will relate to preparing your landscape/garden for fall production and winter rest in preparation for next year's growing season.
    
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    4] Latest Happenings at the Permaculture Guild
    
    Come check out the Guild's Meetup site and help co-develop our permie community here in CNY.  
    
    http://www.meetup.com/Permaculture-and-Urban-Homesteading/
    
    12 new members have done just that this summer by joining the Guild; and the latest topics at the discussion Boards include the following:
    
    *  Looking to remove black walnut trees
    *  Help my Grapes!
    *  What city repair looks like
    *  Renaissance
    
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    5] Congratulations to our Fiscally Sponsored Projects
    
    Alchemical's fiscally sponsored projects in our 
    				Glossary Link
    				Quinta Essentia program continue to make news and make our communities more healthy and fun every day.
    
    *  Syracuse First has launched a new website (www.syracusefirst.org) and are the producers of this summer's Blue Rain ECOfest which will take place this weekend at Hanover Square - http://www.bluerainecofest.org/
    *  ArtMusicPeople is holding its latest show at Spark Contemporary Art Space on Friday night to raise funds and provide bicycles for reufugees - see details above.
    *  B.E.A.N. received a grant award from the Gifford Foundation and is using it to revitalize the Kwanzaa Garden on the southside of Syracuse this weekend.
    *  Syracuse Grows held a series of four gardening workshops this spring and continues to support our city's community gardens.
    *  Artist Tina Zagyva launched "Vessel #3" of "Themselves Has Been A Gathering" at the Westoctt Community Center Gallery this summer, and is in the planning stages for an outdoor exhibit at Lipe Art Park next year.
    
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    [ www.alchemicalnursery.org ]
    [ To donate to the Alchemical Nursery and help develop these projects and more, visit our website and click on the Donate Now button.  Thank you for your support. ]
    [ Breaking News: Late Blight Found in Upstate NY - http://www.alchemicalnursery.org/blogs/late-blight-found-in-upstate-ny.html ]

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  • Alchemical

    Late Blight Found in Upstate NY

    Alchemical in Alchemical Blog on Jul 29, 2010
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    For Immediate Release: July 29, 2010
    Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County
    (607) 272-2292 


    Late Blight Found in Upstate NY


            Tompkins County Cornell Cooperative Extension has received a report that Late Blight has been found upstate for the first time this year, in a home garden in Norwich in Eastern NYPlease note that, as of this time, Late Blight has NOT been found in Tompkins County!

             Gardeners here may wish to apply a protective fungicide spray to tomatoes and potatoes, according to Monika Roth, Agriculture Program Leader at CCE-Tompkins.  Protective sprays include copper ( Glossary Link organic) or daconil (not organic).  When spraying, it is very important to get good coverage as an infection can begin any place a spore lands that is not protected. 

            Home gardeners are advised to check tomato, potato and tomatillo plants weekly for symptoms of Late Blight.  According to Roth, Late Blight generally begins at the top the of the plant, not the bottom.  Leaf samples can be taken to CCE-Tompkins at 615 Willow Avenue in Ithaca for confirmation, but tomato leaves brought in by gardeners thus far have all been affected with Septoria Leaf Spot, not Late Blight, Roth says. 

             To learn more about Late Blight:

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  • franklen

    AMP in the New Times

    franklen in Member Posts on Jul 28, 2010
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    Art Music People, fiscally sponsored by The Alchemical Nursery, is featured in the latest edition of the New Times.   Clink on link below and view Page 8.   

    http://content.yudu.com/Library/A1ojzk/72810Flipbook/?refid=16120

    This link above is to this crazy online E-paper version of the New Times.  If you can't view it for whatever reason, check out the New Times homepage to see if they have posted the latest articles as a webpage (They hadn't yet when I checked as of writing this post).

    Come out for their latest show this Friday night at Spark, and see the Trash Transformer Project artworks.  As well as a whole gang of other artists and musicians.  Check out the lineup at the Facebook event page here:


    Spark Contemporary Art Space 
    1005 East Fayette St. Syracuse, NY 
    Gallery opens at 1 PM. Music starts at 7PM! 6 dollars after 7pm.

    And check out this cool way to arrive at the show - since the event is benefitting bikes for refugees, there will be a critical mass ride starting at Barry Park and ending at Spark.  More info here:

    Bikes For Refugees Critical Mass

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  • mrutledge2@twcny.rr.com

    A nice article from the UK for the beginning gardener

    mrutledge2@twcny.rr.com in Member Posts on Jul 21, 2010
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    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/lifestyle/4689665/Turn-to-gardening-for-recession-proof-growth.html

    For my last entry as a member of the Alchenical Board, I have found a nice little article from the UK that speaks to the beginner gardener and is great for its brevity and well tended prose.  There's a "top ten things" list at the end that makes good sense.

    I will continue to follow the progress of the Glossary Link Alchemical Nursery, which has enormous  growth potential and a good deal of energy in its leadership that is expanding all the time.

    I want to thank Frank and Liz and the rest of the Board, for the opportunity to serve with them in this organization.  I encourage anyone who is interested in learning more about Glossary Link permaculture, sustainable lifestyles, use of appropriate technology, and ecovillage development to tap into the energy here on the website, and at their well planned events and sponsored partners. 
    Peace out!

    Marcia

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