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  • andrewgreco2

    Working in the Rhama Garden with Urban Delights

    andrewgreco2 in Member Posts on Aug 23, 2012
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    Today I had the pleasure of meeting George Kilpatrick, the radio, television, and public speaking figure, who you might know from 570 AM WSYR.  Kilpatrick also works with Urban Delights, a youth farm stand project that works with over a dozen youth to grow and market produce at the Southwest Community Farm, located on 100 Bellevue Ave. (To read a great article about Rhama Edible Forest Garden, the SW Community Farm, and other community gardens in Syracuse, check out this link: http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2012/07/syracuse_urban_gardening.html  

     

    I spent nearly 2 hours down at Rhama with Kilpatrick and a cadre of enthusiastic youth from the Urban Delights program who decided to volunteer their time to aid in a variety of tasks.  First, I gave them a tour of the property, taking care to explain the differences between Glossary Link permaculture and conventional urban farms, since they are well experienced in the latter.  This difference in approaches to cultivation was apparent when we arrived and Kilpatrick stated “boy the garden looks like it needs a lot of work!” I laughed and stated how while the Rhama garden does not look like much right now, and perhaps looks a bit scraggly, in a few years it will be well on its way to being a forest garden, producing a surprising amount of edibles, and requiring little to no maintenance. In the process of the tour I also explained the mission of the Rhama Free Health Clinic, its connection with the garden, and how and why we sheet-mulched the space.  

    The first task we tackled was the removing of an invasive vine plant which was coming out of the ground next to a telephone pole, right near the street.  This plant was problematic because not only is it not a part of the Rhama Garden, but it was obscuring oncoming traffic for a nearby cross street.  Back in May, a concerned neighbor resident asked us to remove it for the aforementioned reasons once when we were down working in the garden.  The plant had grow very large since then and was once again creating a hazard for  motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians.  After a long battle with the plant, three of us managed to cut it down to the roots, but failed, as we did in May, to fully remove it since the root system is under the cement.  It is incredible the amount of trash, sand, soil, and other objects which had gathered underneath the leaves, vines, and around the base of the plant!  Certainly we will have to resume this struggle again, hopefully not until next spring!

     

    The next task we engaged in was pulling out weeds, grasses, and other undesired plants in the final area of the garden we will be sheet mulching on saturday from 12-2 PM (join us!).  Gee, some of those weeds have incredibly strong roots! Some of the volunteers, conceding defeat, simply clipped them off at ground level.  While there, we also took time to trim back the hedges and other vine plants between the garden and an abandoned house because we didn't want them to shade out/engulf some of the flora we planted on the periphery of the garden.  

     

    The final task we engaged in simply consisted of watering some of the plants and picking up trash.  After we called it a day, we gathered together for a couple of group photos, enjoy!

     

    Stay tuned for a whole lot more coming up soon from Alchemical, such as our annual clothing swap at the Westcott Street Fair, and our annual film screening during the Westcott Bulb project.  

    Sincerely, Andrew Greco

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  • andrewgreco2

    Thoughts on my internship experience thus far...

    andrewgreco2 in Member Posts on Jul 25, 2012
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    Since I started my internship with the Glossary Link Alchemical Nursery, I have learned a great deal about Glossary Link permaculture, community outreach, and urban agriculture.  I have faced quite a few challenges thus far, but also been the beneficiary of pleasant surprises.

     

    A challenge I did not anticipate has been realizing just how much work it is to create the foundation for a legitimate food forest.  If one were to go about creating a conventional urban agriculture project, constructing raised beds would suffice, or if the soil was not contaminated, planting directly into the ground.  For the Rhama Forest Garden, however, the process of sheet mulching appears to be much more work.  We have to gather cardboard, peel off tape, remove staples, and put it on the ground.  After that, one must offload a significant amount of wood chips and mulch on top of the cardboard.  It has to be of great abundance so the grass and weeds do not grow through the mulch. Eventually, the cardboard, mulch, and wood chips will break down and form a rich Glossary Link organic layer.  

     

    All of the plants we have installed over the last few months require an incredible amount of care, whether it is cages to protect them, flags and stakes to reveal them, or water. The intense heat and droughts we have been facing in Syracuse has also been a significant hurdle for the plants.  Since they are so vulnerable and grow quite slowly, they have been extremely susceptible to drying out; sadly we have lost a few.  Additionally, the site accumulates a lot of trash since folks traverse it, drop things as they walk on the sidewalks or when they depart the bus.

     

    A weed is only a plant which has yet to prove its usefulness.  Since our society has deemed them unsightly (even though they would be part of a forest) we have to pull them out.  Weeds are also guilty of absorbing precious water which could be best utilized for the edible plants propagating in the garden.  Their resilience in this incredible heat is admirable; as some of our watered and carefully maintained plants die off, these hearty weeds persist despite all the odds against them.  One must pull them quickly because their roots will grow very complex if the plant has time to grow large.

     

    A wonderful surprise I have encountered is the community response.  Every time I am down in Rhama folks come up to me and ask questions about the garden, offer advice, or pick some plants to eat.  Children and elderly folks have been the most enthusiastic and helpful and it has been compelling to hear a grandfather tell tales about the raspberry bushes in his backyard, or to see the children smile when I tell them they will be able to walk through the forest garden and pick berries all around them.  Most enthralling is when I tell folks that the garden is open to the public and everything is free, they have a flabbergasted reaction. 

     

    Coordinating the social networking and digital outreach, such as Twitter and Facebook has been a lot of fun.  Promotion of garden workdays, the DISHES contest, the clothing swap, and other Alchemical events has been well received and fun.  It has been interesting to learn which keywords, phrases, videos, and tactics gather the greatest public response.  I feel as if keeping it real, friendly, and yet not too personal has been a recipe of success for my outreach thus far. 

     

    How have I been doing? Please let me know in the comments below; I love constructive criticism! 

     

    P.S. Hope to see you at our workday this saturday, 12 PM at the Rhama Garden, 3100 S. Salina St.

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    Vote for the Westcott Bulb Project film screening!

    andrewgreco2 in Alchemical Nursery Sponsored Project Events on Jul 13, 2012
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    Hello, I just wanted to inform everyone about an opportunity to take part in selecting which film we will screen at the annual Westcott Bulb Project every fall. Everyone who votes will automatically be entered into a contest to win an Glossary Link Alchemical Nursery t-shirt and all-weather sticker! Please vote here: https://www.facebook.com/questions/10150932954752997/ If you do not have access to vote on Facebook please comment below this post with which film you would like to see. For more information about the two films, please visit these two websites: http://animamundimovie.com/ http://submedia.tv/endciv/ See the entire press release for the Bulb Project below: Westcott Neighborhood Bulb Project 2012 Season Started in 2003, the Westcott Neighborhood Bulb project, www.bulbproject.org a project of the Westcott Community Center, announces its city wide beautification plans for 2012. Since we started the project over 90,000 spring blooming, perennial bulbs have been planted. We hope by providing low cost, quality perennial bulbs neighbors will work together to beautify their neighborhood and strengthen their community. All community organizations and individuals we work with are requested to write a brief report which we post on our web site. The bulbs are to be planted where they can be seen from the street for all to enjoy. This year we are offering 3 types of bulbs: 1. Daffodil Narcissus Trumpet Dutch Master www.netherlandbulb.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=bulbs.plantDetail&plant_id=20 2. Tulipa Darwin Hybrid “Tequila Sunrise Mixture” www.netherlandbulb.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/plants.kwSearchPost?search=Tequila+Sunrise+Mixture&submit = 3. Tulipa Darwin Hybrid "Oxford" All bags of 100 bulbs are $23.00. August 1 is the cutoff date for orders. The focus of the project within the Westcott neighborhood has been to assist individuals and community organizations from the Westcott neighborhood by providing spring blooming, perennial bulbs free of charge to neighbors who are willing to plant them where they can be seen from the street for all to enjoy. The first Saturday in October, October 6, 2012 at the Westcott Community Center has been designated Bulb Give Away/Garden Extravaganza Day. In the past few years 300 people attended and picked up 5,400 bulbs. In 2010 we started working city wide with neighborhood organizations. That year over 20,000 perennial bulbs were planted in the city. Outside the Westcott neighborhood each community does its own fund-raising. In 2011 we started offering bulbs to individuals in Syracuse with the understanding once again they were for neighborhood beautification only - seen from the street for all to enjoy. For example, residents of Edgehill Rd. on the east side of Syracuse pooled resources and planted 1,200 daffodils along their block and Edgehill Park at the end of their street. Individuals from the Hillside Work/Scholarship Program helped with the planting. For a brief overview of the Bulb Project see our new video produced by Deirdre Reed, Photo Editor for National Geographic. The video entitled, “An Active Life for Peace” was her project for a 5 day intensive workshop at Syracuse University hosted by the National Press Photographers Association. Go to https://vimeo.com/channels/336738/42733613 to view this 3 minute video. For more information go to www.bulbproject.org, visit out Facebook page, http:// on.fb.me/oldOwr or call 637-0331. - 30 - ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2003 - 2011 Westcott Neighborhood Bulb Project - A Project of the Westcott Community Center Initially inspired by a springtime hike in 2003, our project is based on the idea that spring-flowering, perennial, naturalizing bulbs – which will multiply over time and come back for many years – will add lasting beauty to the Westcott neighborhood area. In addition we try and encourage a feeling of community by an emphasis on planting where all can see in the neighborhood and encouraging individuals and community organizations to invest in their neighborhoods. In 2010 we expanded city wide. In 2011 we expanded the concept of the project by selling bulbs in bags of 100 to neighbors who wanted to beautify their neighborhoods but did not belong to any formal organization. We see the project as a way to beautify the city and in the process help create community. The Bulb Give Away at the WCC is now a fun filled family event with food, music, vendors, free Glossary Link compost, planting instructios and of course thousands of free bulbs with the condition that they be planted in the Westcott neighborhood in places where they were visible from the street so they can be enjoyed by all passing by.. Funding for the project is raised through neighborhood grants, individual donations and a raffle Outside the Westcott neighborhood we sell bulbs at cost in bulk and give technical assistance to neighborhood organizations and individuals to organize events and beautify their own neighborhoods. In 2003 – our first year – we raised funds to purchase 2,300 bulbs, and the following year we were able to purchase and distribute 4,100 bulbs. In 2005, over 200 neighbors came to the WCC to pick up bulbs, and community groups did plantings at schools, churches, libraries and other public spaces. Altogether, the Bulb Project contributed 8,500 bulbs for planting in our neighborhood in 2005. In 2006, between people showing up for the bulb give away and volunteers planting at schools and public places, we were able to get 10,000 bulbs planted in the neighborhood. In 2007 three hundred neighbors showed up at the WCC to pick up 5,400 bulbs and an additional 3,000 were planted by schools and community groups. By 2009 50,000 spring blooming, perennial bulbs had been planted in the neighborhood. In 2010 we expanded city wide. Twenty two thousand bulbs were planted throughout the city taht year. In 2011 we placed an order for another 17,500 bulbs raising our total to 90,000 since the project started in 2003. For more information on the project go to www.bulbproject.org, visit us at www.bulbproject.org, or Facebook at Westcott Neighborhood Bulb Project. - Peter Wirth This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it www.bulbproject.org Westcott Bulb Project 2011 Report 2011 was an exciting year. Last year we expanded the Westcott Bulb Project city wide, working with community organizations in all quadrants of the city in addition to over 300 individuals in the Westcott neighborhood. Over, 22,000spring blooming perennial bulbs were planted in 2010 - the largest number ever - in the history of the project In 2011 we added a new twist to the project by allowing individuals to purchase bulbs in bulk with the requirements that bulbs be planted where they could be seen by all in the neighborhood to enjoy. We also asked individuals to send in a report and photos of their plants. In 2011 we assisted community 11 community organizations and 27 individual organizers planted another 17,700 bulbs. To date, over 90,000 bulbs have been planted since the project started in 2003. Photo 9/14/2011 Organizations 1. Central New York Services Last year CNYS, in conjunction with the Westcott Neighborhood Bulb Project and Women Transcending Boundaries' Acts of Kindness Weekend, planted 500 bulbs at our Syracuse City residences. This year, we expanded to 1,000 bulbs which staff and consumers planted to beautify their homes and neighborhoods. We all look forward to seeing the daffodils and tulips this coming Spring. For photo go to. www.cnyservices.org/news/article/53/1.000-spring-bulbs-planted-at-cnys-residences Fern Whyland This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it www.cnyservices.org 2. Cooperative Federal Credit Union On a sunny and warm Saturday afternoon, credit union staff added 200 daffodil and tulip bulbs to the hillside at Cooperative Federal's Westcott St office. After a few years of planting bulbs, we decided to invest in some serious planting equipment! (Photos attached of the new tools.) In the end, the low-tech hand-held bulb planter tool beat out the new bulb auger drill attachment. We are delighted to continue to take part in the bulb project, and can't wait til the spring bloom. Thank you! Christina Sauve This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it www.cooperativefederal.org 3. Edward Smith K-8 Students Plant Flower Bulbs Participating the in the Westcott Bulb Planting Project has become a tradition for students in Ms. Berish's fourth grade class at Edward Smith K-8 School. In October students took part in a classroom lesson and laboratory experiment to gain an understanding of what flowering bulbs are and how they grow. Later they put their muscles to work planting bulbs on school grounds. In class we talked about how a bulb is different from other types of plants and how people brought bulbs to Europe and the New World from Asia long ago. We also used maps to understand the similarities between climates in different parts of the world. Then things got really interesting. After slicing some of the bulbs in half students made observations about the appearance of tulip bulbs and explored their inner structures. Finally, friends negotiated turns with the big shovels and dug wide deep holes along Lancaster and Broad Streets in the University Area. This year's 200 red and yellow tulips will bloom among nearly 3,300 other bulbs planted by Edward Smith students over the past eight years. Students are learning and serving their community and we will all be thankful for their hard work when the flowers bloom in spring. Lisa Neville Parent volunteer This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 4. Home Headquarters The 800 bulbs were a great addition to this year's Annual Neighborhood Block Blitz where hundreds of volunteers worked to improve almost 50 houses by planting, painting, repairing and cleaning up—all in one-day! The event in both the Skunk City and Near Westside neighborhoods, found volunteers planting bulbs, trees, shrubs and mums on the 700 Block of Otisco and 100 Block of Hoefler Streets. Volunteer students from Syracuse University and SUNY Oswego joined employees from various local corporations, church groups and many others to plant hundreds of daffodil bulbs. The bulbs were a beautiful contribution to the event and will definitely become a regular part of this fund-raising and volunteer effort. Karen Schroeder This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it www.homehq.org 5. Hutchings Psychiatric Center The Hutchings Garden Club was thrilled to plant over 200 bulbs across our campus and at Sunrise Community Center. The people involved look forward to the glorious blossoms in the spring. There are many reasons why gardening is therapeutic for the soul, besides the beauty alone. We have learned from our gardening club experience that there are many gifts from the earth. We were fortunate to enter a garland into the Festival of Trees this year showcasing the many gifts that come from the garden. Thanks to the Westcott Bulb Project and their continual support of bulbs, we have learned that gardens keep on giving. Kathy Ebert This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 6. Jowonio Thanks to the Westcott Neighborhood Bulb Project 2011 Each of Jowonio School's 10 classrooms received 25 bulbs to plant. Here, Star Room students try out different tools to get the job done! Ann Sutherland This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it www.jowonio.org 7. NEHDA - North East Hawley Development Association We did a give away at our gardening workshop that was held several weeks ago. Alberta DeStefano This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it www.nehda.org. 8. Shakespeare Garden For the past nine years, the Syracuse Shakespeare Festival has presented free and open to the public performances of a Shakespeare play in the idyllic setting of Thornden Park's Sylvan Amphitheater. In the hopes of further enhancing the setting, the Board of Directors of the festival began a conversation in 2009 with Cheryl Doble, professor in the Landscape Architecture Department of ESF. Cheryl recruited Timothy Gazzo, a graduate student at ESF, to design a Shakespeare Garden for both the East and West entrances to the amphitheater. The five year design plan incorporated varieties of plants referenced in Shakespeare's plays, respecting local growing conditions and taking into account the local deer population. Planting began in the fall of 2010 with bulbs acquired through the Westcott Bulb Project and has continued through the summer and fall of 2011. Amy Zamkoff Syracuse Shakespeare Board of Directors This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it www.syracuseshakespearefestival.org 9. Skunk City Neighborhood Organization I really want to express to this team my personal thanks for all of your hard work and acknowledge all of the detail that went into making our second Daffy event such a success. Without this team, that was asked and completed their individual tasks, success would not have been possible. Our Library was the place to be this past Saturday and seemingly received more humans (I think) at its doors than have ever entered at one time before. The face painting was nothing but innovative and artistic. This thanks to the teens who showed "art on the faces" and sidewalk chalk drawings extraordinaire. Taking some of the events out of doors into the sunshine sure was rocking this neighborhood. Everyone had a tremendously good time and there was a real sense of NEIGHBORHOOD. Sebastian Moore and his team of MEN were amazing for their dedication to the mulch. The Clukeys' Bob and Diane teamed together to handle what ever was necessary. "Mayor" Denny Schwald was on the other end of a shovel as well and soaked up too much sunshine. Trisha Hickey and her beautiful gals took crafting to a new level...literally with a blanket on the ground. Our Katie Paige gave out cookies and modesty directions without a tongue in cheek...go Katie!.....Laura Stallworth and Dorothy Holiday handled the bulb planters and distribution with the precision of Experience. . We had super sales teams in the persons of Rich Puchalski, Diane Schwald, Cheryl Humble & Jack Vesiloik not to mention Bob Korzuch and his capable protégé in training named Zach. The pizza lunch was especially appreciated by all the workers. Glory Becker was like a social butterfly and Anne Schmidt saw to it that the fiddlers were enshrined in a chalk drawing much to their delight. We saw new faces and made new friends. Some of which had never been to Mundy Branch Library and they found the activity warm and welcoming. Library ---to ---Community Center. As this building evolves into the future hopefully this neighborhood will always find it a welcome place to learn, play and express itself. Our limited Library Staff in residence this past Saturday could not have been more gracious and participatory. Thank you Library Staff. We know you were short handed however no one could possibly have noticed. Our three musical groups, Kirsten & David, Limestone Creek and Renee Baum, said they would be happy to come back again to share their talents and expertise. We were introduced to the Dulcimer and it was surreal The dancing children shouting out "Skunk City Rocks" was most memorable to them. Taking all of the stuffiness out and getting down to 'grass' level. Love it!!!. Rich Puchalski was a busy Executive Director of SUN. Diane Turner's Farm Fresh Market always adds to the festivities. along with all that orange drink Rich kept- a- making. You buzzed around faster than the bees that were swarming at the entrance and with a smile on your face. Luke Dougherty of the City Neighborhood Development Offices, prepared all of the official flyers and signage for the neighborhood then took off for a Finger Lakes wine tour. What a wonderful weather day for such a trip. Rich blanketed the whole area with informational flyers about the daffy project and our Community Initiative programs. I'm sure he spent some shoe leather along the way. Amanda Norton helped distribute some of the flyers. The Hickey Family used their talents on the back end of the Home Headquarter's Block Blitz 8 foot by 4 feet sign to transform it into information for our Daffy Event. Complete with butterflies and skunks. Totally cool. Recycle, recycle. That is where it is at. The media attention we received this year was nothing more than astounding. Special thanks to Holly Caiello, Dick Case, Penny Saver West, WSYR Radio and WAER for the interviews. Nice to have Councilor Pat Hogan stop by along with representatives from the Westcott & Strathmore Communities. Our business merchants really were generous to Skunk City and everyone appreciated the abundance of donated raffle items, Witness the final sales tally. Skunk City actually had Green Machine "designer raffle tickets" thanks to Bob Korzuch, who ran home to print more tickets as we were running out. Thanks to Cheryl Humble for all of her donations, and merchandising skills preparing the packing for presentation and display. Nice job Cheryl...I think we will keep you ....along with this great team of folks who made October 8th a really special day in the memory of this Skunk City NEIGHBORHOOD. Thank you all so very much, through all of your efforts we were able to distribute 1500 daffodils and 1500 red impression tulip bulbs. We were pleased to donate 250 daffodil bulbs to our own Providence House on West Onondaga Street. We are slated to receive 85 new trees in the near future these to be planted under the supervision of Steve Harris, City/County Arborist. I am sure we will all be looking forward to Spring in our newly renovated Skunk City Neighborhood!!! Shirley Humble Project Coordinator This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Facebook Video https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=2405367144548 10. Westcott Community Center The Westcott Community Center, located at the very visible intersection of Westcott St. and Euclid Ave., will be ablaze with a lot more color this coming Spring. During October and November, a number of volunteers led by SUNY-ESF student Gabrielle Bender dug two new beds and planted 400 daffodil and tulip bulbs on the WCC property. One bed is located inside the southern edge of the front courtyard, and this will provide a splash of color for students walking to and from class and commuters driving to and from work, not to mention brightening the days of all the folks who use the community center. Another bed has been planted along the western edge of the property, next to an open area used by the Westcott Community Center Kid's Club for outdoor recreation activities. Both beds were outlined with attractive stone borders. In addition, some bulbs were planted in the circular stone raised bed in the courtyard. Thanks to the generosity of the Westcott Bulb Project, a gateway to the Westcott Nation will be more colorful and welcoming when the snow melts in 2012. Lee Gechas This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it www.westcottcc.org 11. Westcott Community Garden Bulb Project Report, 2011 The Westcott Community Garden received 100 red tulip bulbs to plant in the ornamental areas surrounding the garden beds. Three families, six adults and four children, gathered on October 9, a beautiful sunny afternoon, to plant the bulbs and clean up the garden. We added half the bulbs to the large flower bed that faces Harvard Place and planted the remaining half around the garden shed. The kids enjoyed digging their hands in the dirt and taking care of their neighborhood. We look forward to the burst of color in the spring and we will send photos of the garden in full bloom. Thank you for your support! Lisa Kuerbis Westcott Community Garden This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it www.syracusegrows.org Individuals 1B - Hasan Yamini - Masjid Abdullah Muslim Center The 100 daffodi and 100 tulip bulbs that we acquired were planted on the corner of Brighton and Salina on the open lot facing the salina street side. It should be a great reflection on the community next year, when the great life cycle began to revel itself all over again. Thanks for your hard work and others for encouraging beatification. Hassan Yamini This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 2B - Marlene Ayling - Saltmakers Rd. Planted 100 daffodil bulbs near the "Welcome to Liverpool " sign located just before coming on Old Liverpool Rd. Marlene Ayling This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 3B Tina Castle - Glenwood Ave. A few years ago, I started planting daffodils in my garden. One spring, as I was looking out my kitchen window, I saw some daffodils coming up across the street. (squirrels at work.) No other gardens or homes are there but just empty space with lots of undesirable things growing out of the ground. However, despite all the messy weeds, I thought the daffodils were a delightful surprise and looked great. So for 3 years, I have been planting more daffodils across the street so that when people drive their cars around the bend from Bellevue to Glenwood , they can see the yellow faces staring at them. When I found out that I was able to buy some bulbs from the Westcott Bulb Project, I seized the opportunity. Now I can't wait for 100 more daffodils to appear and decorate the first western block of Glenwood Avenue. Tina Castle This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 4B Drew D'Angelo - Le Moyne On Thanks giving week end I planted all 100 daffodil bulbs. They have been planted around the perimeter of LeMoynes colleges community garden. We are looking forward to the spring, hoping that all of them will take. Drew D'Angelo, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 5B Jae Evangelisti - Erie Blvd Planted bulbs at the Erie Canal monument on Erie & Teall Ave Jae Evangelisti This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 6B Nancy & William Finch - Edgehill Rd. Many of the neighbors on Edgehill Road pitched in to purchase 1200 daffodil bulbs to beautify our street and the Edgehill Park at the end of our street. We decided to plant the bulbs together on the morning of October 21, and, with the help of one of the neighbors who has a backhoe, we were able to plant all the bulbs in under 2 hours. We asked the Hillside Work/Scholarship Program if they wanted to work with us since some of the planting would take place on their property (they own the property at the end of our street) and we have also been looking for ways to collaborate with them. Six people from Hillside joined us for planting, including Wayne O'Connor, the director. Lots of people showed up and we worked in small groups to plant the bulbs at the two ends of our one block, cul-de-sac, street and to plant up and down the length of the street along the sidewalk. The work went well, everyone seemed to share in the good feelings which come from working together on a project of community value. We were able to plant for some of our neighbors who are not able to do so, and everyone shared in the satisfaction of a job well done. Another neighbor provided fresh coffee for those who wanted some. We all look forward to appreciating the fruits of our labor next spring. Nancy Finch This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 7B Mara Monica Gilman Last Thursday I planted 100 daffodil bulbs. I ended up splitting them between in front of a property Syracuse and in front of a property in Oswego. Mara Monica Gilman This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 8B Peggy Harper - Beata Lisandreli - L'Arche Homes L'Arche Syracuse is a faith based community where people with and without disabilities live together in 4 homes. We had a wonderful time planting the daffodils and tulips at each of our homes! Our Core Members and assistants had fun planting them around our beautiful homes! Many of us really hate winter so the spring flowers will be a real sign that spring is coming, albeit in a few months! L'Arche Syracuse is part of an international federation with an expression we use frequently..."L'Arche is a Sign of Hope" similarly we see daffodils and tulips as a sign of hope! We are grateful for the bulbs and this opportunity to think of spring! Planting bulbs…what a delightful task to be doing together, knowing all too well that winter is around the corner! Core members and assistants alike got into the act. The experience was fun for all involved. We strategized on where to place the bulbs together where our neighbors could enjoy them. The core members did a great job of digging the holes and planting the bulbs. We talked about how these bulbs would be taking a "long winter's nap", and that in the spring, we will be gifted by their color and beauty as each flower emerges. When those long, grey days become heavy, the thought of our "expectant" bulbs will bring us hope. A nice activity for a beautiful fall day and we are looking forward to seeing the results this spring. Beata Lisandrelli This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Peggy Harper This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it http://www.larchesyracuse.org/ 9B. Anne Higgins - Hillsboro Ave. We picked up our 300 bulbs Saturday (Thank You!) and with the help of a fabulous tool, a steel auger that attaches to your power drill, we had them all planted in about an hour or so! Unfortunately we couldn't put many between the street and sidewalk because of tree roots, etc but the rest were put on the hill in front of the house. Hopefully the critters won't find them too delicious. Feel free to stop by next Spring- 412 Hillsboro Anne and Sally Anne Higgins This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 10 B Pam Hunter - Demong Drive. Peter - Good morning. While it's taken me several weeks to get to it, nearly 60 bulbs were planted this past Sunday. I've attached a photo of where the bulbs were planted. My husband built this wonderful rock garden, it's bed easily able to be seen from the road. In the picture if you look to the right, that corner is the entry point into the city from Dewitt, and many use the street directly in front of my house as a cut through. A proper and warm welcome into our city. I'll be sure to take photos in spring as it should be very beautiful. Thank you for coordinating this wonderful effort. Pamela Hunter This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 11B Kathy Isgar - Concord Place Hi Pete, Yes, the bulbs are all planted. Sorry I have no photos. Most are in my front yard. I did plant some across the street at my mom's. (Also front yard) And I gave a few to my next door neighbor who also planted them in his front yard. I wish I had taken photos, as I had quite a crew helping. My 13 year old son ,Seamus had two friends over, and I put them to work digging up the yard. They were such a help, and once the holes were dug, they wanted to plant the bulbs and finish the job! (I thought once the digging was done, they would beg off from the rest!) Then, a few days later, my niece, Heather who was here visiting from Montana offered to help me with the rest................200 bulbs are a lot to plant!! So, drive by Concord Place for a beautiful garden display in the spring! Thanks, Kathy Isgar This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 12B Tucker Missionary Baptist Church The Men's Ministry of spent an hour or so, planting bulbs on both sides of our marquee. They laughed, talked and praised God for the blessing of being outside, being able-bodied and helping to beautify the neighborhood. It is our plan to eventually move the marquee so it sits on the corner of Oakwood and Castle, for all to see. Once the men completed the work at Tucker, they were a blessing to me, coming over & planting bulbs down my walkway on Marcellus Street. While, I am on the near Westside, I have done my little part in beautifying the neighborhood. Thanks! Tamika White This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 13B Kate Kelsen - Head Start 2011 Fall Bulb Planting projects at Head Start: From Syracuse Head Start Home Based families on the Northside: I want to thank the agency and the bulb project for the bulbs my families enjoyed planting around the north side. Many of my families are new here they are looking forward seeing flowers after their first snowy winter. Many of them are refugees from Burma. I had whole families planting and many laughs as we tried to find good homes for each bulb. Children made journal pictures to show what they thought the flowers would look like. I took in flower catalog to show parents what will grow. Thanks Janet Connors At Atonement Childcare Center our four year olds enjoyed digging in the dirt and planted bulbs at the entrance to our center. We look forward to the bulbs blooming next spring! We had a perfect day for planting and playing outside! Sumner Head Start three year olds examined the bulbs, opened one up, explored the roots end and the flowering end. They planted out in front of the building. Some children were hesitant at first to get in the dirt, but after watching and exploring, they "dug in" and enjoyed planting. They talked more about it in class, with prediction on colors. Each time they walk by now, they talk about "their flowers"! attached are photos. Another class at Sumner Head Start (4 to 5 year olds) planted bulbs in the sunniest part of the planter box on our playground. We used a bulb planter to help us dig holes in the soil, and each child had a chance to place their bulb in, root side (hairy side) down. Then they children were given a choice....they could either use the bulb planter to scoop the loose soil over the bulb, or they could use their hands to crumble the soil over the bulb. Most of them chose to use their hands! Some of the children also needed help pushing the bulb planter down hard enough in the soil to make a hole, as the ground was kind of hard. It had rained the day before, though, so it wasn't too bad. Many of the childen were able to tell me the things that were needed for plants to grow...sunlight, soil, water, space. We aslo discussed why bulbs are special...because they need time in the ground before they can start to grow. More time than seeds need. Hillary Dolge Kate Kelsen, LMFT Mental Health Coordinator Head Start/ Early Head Start 21 Bassett Street This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it www.peace.caa.org 14B Marie Klossner - Highland Ave. Bulbs have been planted. They were divided among 5 people and we planted some for a lady who has early stages of dementia at her home on Highland Ave. Actually, most of the bulbs were planted at houses in city of people who were elderly and/or have some type of disability. My friends and I made this our little project on enriching peoples lives by having something to look forward to as winter drags on. All bulbs were planted on the street view of these homes. I don't have any pictures of the planting, hopefully will have some in the spring when bulbs blossom. Thank you for all the work you do. Marie Klossner This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 15. Manny Lanseros - 1128 Apulia Rd. Thanks for the flower bulbs. In 2006, "Fall' I started planting bulbs in the front of my house for my dayghter's 2007 High School graduation. When she got off the bus she would see 500 feet of flowers. We added another 100 daffodil Westcott bulbs to that number. Now every year in the Spring we relive that spring of 2007 with lots of color. Thanks & Peace, Manny Lanseros This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 16B Jennie B. Lee - Sedgwick Rd. If you're looking out the front window, the bulbs were planted between the house and the street, on the left side in front of the picket fence. Assuming my energetic animal friend leaves some of them to bloom in the spring, everybody walking or driving down the street will enjoy them. Should be spectacular! Jennie B. Lee This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 17B Angela McConville - 8726 Radburn Dr. Bulbs were planted in my and a friend's front yard. Angela McConville This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 18B Karen Mihalyi - Allen St. We planted the bulbs in the yard of the Women's Information Center...mostly by a beautiful old iron fence. Also, children from the Community Choir helped plant some in beds in front of the house as part of our fall season's "activities/lessons". We were talking about cycles of life and planting "seeds" of peace, building a beautiful world one step at a time, one bulb at a time. And how, sometimes you need to do the right thing, even if you can't tell right away how it will turn out. We make peace, take care of the earth, make beauty even if we have to wait for the results, or can't exactly know what will happen. We sang some songs about the earth and peace such as "Peace grows from the smallest seed as the acorn grows into the tallest tree. A long time ago I heard a soldier say 'when the people want peace better stay out of the way'! " by Fred Small. We are preparing for our Winter Solstice Concert, which will also include a tribute to the Peace Council. "Peace" is our theme this fall... We always try to do some kind of earth centered thing. The bulbs were perfect! We are looking forward to the spring when our actions will bloom!! Thanks for the good work. Karen Mihalyi This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 19B Ed Griffin Nolan - The Spa at 500, West Onondaga St. The Spa at 500, a wellness center and massage therapy practice on the Near West Side, recently installed a series of raingardens to capture storm water and prevent sewage runoff into Onondaga Lake. This was done in conjunction with Onondaga County's Save the Rain program. At a Sept 17 open house to celebrate the project, visitors planted two hundred tulip and daffodil bulbs purchased from the Westcott Bulb project. When they come up in the spring they will make a beautiful complement to the dozens of cedar and pear trees planted around the edges of the 125 year old mansion. It is a major contribution to the beautification of West Onondaga Street Ed Griffin-Nolan This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it www.thespaat500.com 20B Gail Orimenko We planted all but 24 bulbs in various beds in front of our house the same week we got them from you. We gave one dozen each to two very good friends who needed to beautify their front yard. We covered our precious bulbs with mulch and sprinkled the top with moth ball crystals to protect them from all the little critters we see around our property. I am also going to sprinkle some mulched leaves on top of the beds. I am anxiously awaiting Spring, when I expect to see many glorious flowers. Gail Orimenko This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 21B Joy Popple - Grace Episcopal Church Daffodil bulbs were planted around the welcoming sign for Grace Episcopal Church and on the north, east, and south sides of the sanctuary and playground areas. Grace Church recently celebrated its 175th anniversary, and the yellow flowers in the spring will herald a bright future. Joy Pople This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 22B Jane Praetorius - Apulia Rd. The daffs were planted yesterday in the planters in Avery Park which is on the corner of Rt. 91 and Apulia Road in Jamesville. I am hoping that the community has a wonderful surprise in the spring. . Jane Praetorius This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 23B Rozlynn Jakes-Johnson - Refugee Assistance Program, Park St. We planted along the Refugee Assistance Program school grounds. RAP is connected to the Syracuse City School District under their Adult Education Department It was a mix of Sudanese, Bhutanese, Somalian, Congolese, Burmese and possibly others. In total around 50 students took part Rozlynn Jakes-Johnson This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 24B Refugee Resettlement - Catherine Holmes, Butternut Grow where you are planted On a cool but sunny day in mid October, a group of refugees set out to beautify the North Side on by planting daffodils. Most had never seen a daffodil, as they are from places such as Africa, Burma and Thailand, but they believe that the bulbs they plant will bloom in the spring. The daffodil is the perfect symbol of a refugee because even when they have been uprooted; by war, strife and human rights violations, they are somehow able to re-root, grow and bloom. The refugees have beautified the North Side of Syracuse as they took root in their new location and by planting the bulbs of flowers they have never seen, continue the act of improving their new neighborhoods. They have a faith that new life will show in the spring, after a long, dark winter. Daffodils show an eagerness to grow, often through cold and snow covered ground, just as the refugee has an eagerness to grow as they begin their lives anew. Both will grow where they are planted and bring beauty to those who see them Catherine Holmes This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Rachel Rincon This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it www.ccoc.us 25B Daryl Schultz - Fellows Ave. I finally got my bulbs in the ground yesterday (before it snows later this week). I planted most in my front yard and planted the rest at a house down the street that no one lives in (was told this morning people are moving in December from NYC - won't they be surprised in the spring!) No pictures taken since I did it all by myself! Thank you again for allowing me to participate! Daryl Schultz This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 26B Syracuse Polish Home - Rob Synakowski, Park Ave. Here on Park Avenue we planted our bulbs around the World War II Veterans' Monument in Pulaski Park across from Harrison Bakery and Sacred Heart Basilica; around the "Witamy" - Welcome sign in Kosciuszko Park in front of the Syracuse Academy of Science; and also in front of the Syracuse Polish Home and adjacent homes. We can't wait to see what they will look like in the spring. . Rob Synakowski, President, Syracuse Polish Community, Inc This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it www.syracusepolishhome.com 27B Sherri Vangeet - Hutchings The bulbs where planted in gardens at Hutchings and across the region. I will take pictures in the spring of the areas, it should be beautiful . Hopefully Mother Nature doesn't confuse the bulbs with this nice weather Sherri Vangeet This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. 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    Vote for which film we will screen at the Westcott Bulb Project!

    andrewgreco2 in Member Posts on Jul 12, 2012
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    Hello, I just wanted to inform everyone about an opportunity to take part in selecting which film we will screen at the annual Westcott Bulb Project every fall.  Everyone who votes will automatically be entered into a contest to win an Glossary Link Alchemical Nursery t-shirt and all-weather sticker! 

     

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    The Food Forest Workshop

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    On Sunday June 24th, Jonathan Bates, from the Food Forest Farm in Massachusettes facilitated a Teach-in down at the Rhama Garden.  He led 15 attendees in a series of workshops on “How to build your own food forest”  

     

    We started off by introducing ourselves and saying why we were attending the workshop.  Afterwards, Jonathan talked a little about what he does and about the tour of the east coast he is currently on in which he is cross-pollinating Glossary Link permaculture principles.  Next, Jonathan led a discussion about polycultures, which I filmed and can be seen below.  

     

    After learning a lot about polycultures, we broke into groups and began designing our own polycultures for our own food forests!  We sat together with a list of a variety of different plants and had to choose certain types of ones which had different benefits.  The more synergies and positive effects, such as fixing nitrogen, we acquired, the more points we earned.  Afterwards, we presented our plans to the entire group, two of which presentations can be seen below. 

     

    After we finished showing our plans, Jonathan began to explain what some of the plants he brought for the Rhama garden were and their benefits.  See below for this footage.   

     

    Finally, we thanked Jonathan for joining us for the day and began planting this diverse variety of plants throughout the Rhama Garden.  

     

     

     

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    New photos!

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    Hey everyone, just wanted to take the time to let you know I just uploaded a bunch of photos from our work this spring and summer in the Rhama Garden.  The album can be found in the "recent photos" section in the top right corner of the home page, or at this link:

    http://www.alchemicalnursery.org/photo-gallery/rahma-forest-snack-garden/ongoing-rhama-direct-action.html

     

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    Facebook contest and prizes!

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    Next Rhama Garden Workday, June 16th!

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    Hello folks, Just wanted to let you know our next workday in the Rhama Garden will be June 16th, from 12-4 PM @ 3100 S. Salina St. We will be weeding, watering, planting, and laying out some trails. We need some solid wood which would make an ideal trail, roughly 3-4 inches in diameter. If anyone has any, please let us know!
    Hope to see you there and here is the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/316205741793073/ Thanks!
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    Air Conditioners: How Technology Detaches Us From Nature

    andrewgreco2 in Alchemical Blog on May 28, 2012
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    So I am sitting here at one of my part time jobs, which periodically has the air conditioner on if it is over 75 degrees outside.  When I walked in this morning I immediately turned it off and opened the windows.  The breeze which came through and brushed across my face and arms was far more comforting that the droning, sterile machine clogging one of the other windows.  

    In addition to the breeze, I was greeted by the sound of birds chirping, people talking as they walked by, and the sound of the wind blowing through the leaves on a nearby tree. Moments like this it is so apparent to me how unnecessary some technology truly is.  I would much rather sit here and sweat a little bit than miss out on all of those sensations described above.  We evolved for a certain set of environmental circumstances, and detaching ourselves from them can only lead to mental and physical health breakdowns. Countless studies have shown that green space (and access to it) lead to reduced domestic violence, reduced crime, faster healing, among numerous other benefits.  

    It surprises me how some of the most simple technology aids in detaching us, such as blinds or curtains.  I know people who consistently keep their curtains across their windows and choose to always use their lighting fixtures, even during the day!  Not only is this a waste of $ and energy, but also serves as another way to remove us from our ecosystems and communities.  Obviously there are some moments where is makes sense to close the curtains, but the majority of the time their remaining open is harmless.  Natural light seems much more...natural anyway; nothing bothers me more than sterile florescent lighting.  There are some studies which link florescent lighting with headaches, eyestrain, and an interference with mammalian circadian rhythms due to the suppressing effect they have on melatonin production, which has been linked to cancer.  Additionally, some emit UV radiation which can exceed safe levels for humans.  Finally, Mercury, a neurotoxin that can cause brain and kidney damage is in every bulb and even a tiny drop can contaminate a water supply or pose a health risk if the bulb breaks.  Certainly CFLs are less problematic than incandescent bulbs, but I'd argue that we should minimize usage as much as possible and attempt to manage our lives the best we can to avoid unnecessary use. 

    After about an hour at work with the window open I was greeted with the boom of rolling thunder.  I smiled immediately because, as an urban gardener, I have a heightened appreciation for rain because I know how badly the Rhama Garden and my crops need it right now!  Additionally, the rain barrels at my home, Bread and Roses Housing Collective are getting low too!  My 2nd thought, which prompted this blog post, was how I would not have known we received that little drizzle of rain if not for turning off the air conditioner and restoring my connection to the local ecosystem.  Hearing that thunder and knowing the exact second, a few minutes after the first boom, the rain hit the leaves and pavement outside is priceless; well worth the small amount of discomfort I feel without the A/C.  I find it quite compelling how weak we have become...humanity clearly thrived before air conditioners existed; people left their domiciles and spent more time outside before A/C's were invented.  I'd argue they are a completely unnecessary technology and do more harm than good.  

    Water is culturally synonymous around the globe as a symbol for re-birth.  Lets take a moment to embrace this drizzle and think twice about plugging another avenue to nature with a irrelevant machine.  

     

     

    This is part 1 of a continuing series which will address question other forms of conventional technology.  Stay tuned for part 2, which will compare/contrast biking/walking vs. driving and part 3 which will tackle the issue of Facebook/social network addictions.   (I might reverse these, we shall see!) 

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    May 2012 Newsletter and Upcoming events!

    1] Rahma Forest Garden Work Day on Saturday May 19
    2] Growing Urban Sustainability on Tuesday May 22
    3] Food Forest Workshop on Sunday June 24
    4] Onondaga Environmental Institute Grant Awarded to Alchemical


    1] Rahma Forest Garden Work Day on Saturday May 19 Now that the Rahma Garden has been successfully funded via the IndieGoGo platform and all of your donations, it's time to keep getting soiled at one of the work days. We'll next be on-site this coming Saturday May 19, from 12 noon - 4:00 pm. Tasks to be undertaken include sheet mulching (I think we'll finally finish this task over what's left to be done on the full 1/5 acre), planting the annuals raised bed and perhaps some perennials (fingers crossed that the order arrives in time), weeding grasses (stopping them from recolonizing the top side of our Glossary Link sheet mulch), watering of existing plants, maintenance of protective cages and painting/installation of decorative plant signs, and trash pick-up (always!). Come join us at anytime between noon and 4 pm at 3100 South Salina Street here in Syracuse. If you have them, bring cardboard boxes for the sheet mulching, shovels and rakes and wheelbarrows for moving the mulch, plants you might want to donate. Most of the site is now leafed out and it is a joy to behold, let's keep the forward progress happening! Contact Frank for questions or more details at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 315.308.1372.
    To see pictures from our previous two work days this spring go to our Facebook Albums page at: http://www.facebook.com/AlchemicalNursery/photos


    2] Growing Urban Sustainability on Tuesday May 22 We're taking a moment to promote the upcoming "Growing Urban Sustainability" event being hosted and organized by the Women's Info Center. Jessica Maxwell of Bread & Roses Collective & Urban Gardener Mable Wilson will share in a discussion/salon format about responsible management of urban resources: gardens, ethical food consumption, systems, cooperatives & more. Women's Info Center is at 601 Allen St, and a $5-$10 sliding donation is requested.
    More info through 478.4636 or www.womensinfo.org.

    3] Food Forest Workshop on Sunday June 24 Join us for a Food Forest Workshop with guest Jonathan Bates of Food Forest Farm on Sunday, June 24 from 1:00pm - 3:00pm, at Sunday 6/24 at the Rahma Free Clinic Forest Garden, A Project of the Glossary Link Alchemical Nursery. Want to see Glossary Link permaculture plantings that work? Would you like to create a thriving edible forest garden that produces loads of fruits, roots, shoots, greens, seeds, flowers, mulch, eggs, knowledge and fun? Come learn how to select, plant, and care for permaculture perennial plants. Learn guiding principles to plant your own food forest. This is a great chance to special order plants from the Food Forest Farm Nursery with free delivery to the event. Choose from a selection of plants (Pre-Order only) that human food and medicinal needs and provide ecosystem services such as attracting beneficial insects and accumulating nutrients. Available plants include: Paw Paw, New Jersey Tea, Hazelbert, Goumi, Currants, Ground Nut, Sunchoke, Good King Henry, Mint Root, Sea Kale, Perennial Arugula, and many more! Use this URL for free delivery to the events: http://PermacultureNursery.com/SpecialOrder/ Register at: http://FingerLakesPermaculture.org Tuition: Sliding Scale $10 - 20 For more information visit: http://www.alchemicalnursery.org/calendar/icalrepeat.detail/2012/06/24/848/-/food-forest-workshop-with-jonathan-bates-of-food-forest-farm.html

    4] Onondaga Environmental Institute Grant Awarded to Alchemical We're very happy to announce that the Onondaga Environmental Institute has recognized our forest garden and permaculture work by awarding Alchemical an Onondaga Lake Partnership Mini-Grant. These funds will help with the implementation and installation, as well as first season maintenance, of the Rahma Edible Forest Snack Garden. Part of the funds will also be used to develop educational signage for the site. Combined with our successful IndieGoGo campaign, we have enough funds to start considering a second food forest site. Know of any good health and wellness related offices, clinics, or organizations nearby that own their land and would be interested in a healthy perennial food forest makeover? The purpose of this minigrant program is to support locally based projects designed to increase the knowledge and involvement of the public in Onondaga Lake and its watershed and strengthen the link between communities and the Partnership. Read about all the 2012 awardees at http://www.onlakepartners.org/ppdf/minigrantpressreleasefinal.pdf

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