First_Earth_Flier_ThumbAlchemical has a trifecta of interesting and fun events taking place over the next month.  

Saturday October 1st Film Screening and Panel Discussion of "First Earth: Uncompromising Ecological Architecture"  Visit the Facebook Event page at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=148299618598434  

Sunday September 18th - Clothes Swap at the Westcott Street Cultural Fair

Saturday September 10thForest Gardening Work Party and Intro to Glossary Link Permaculture Presentation.  See photos from the event in our Gallery.

Dive in to read more and learn all the details...


Download First Earth Flier
FirstEarth_Flyer_Resized"A documentary about the movement towards a massive paradigm shift for shelter -- building healthy houses in the old ways, out of the very earth itself. An audiovisual manifesto filmed over the course of 4 years and 4 continents,  makes the case that earthen homes are the healthiest housing in the world."

Visit the Facebook Event page at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=148299618598434

The Westcott Bulb Project has once again invited us to be a part of their bulb giveaway extravaganza, this year being held from 10 am - 2 pm on Saturday October 1st at the Westcott Community Center 826  Euclid Avenue.   This will be the 3rd Annual Independent Film Screening and Discussion, and we are featuring the film "First Earth: Uncompromising Ecological Architecture" by David Sheen.  This 90 minute film will play at 11:00 am, and then will be followed by a 30 minute panel discussion featuring local/regional natural builders and advocates.

Erich Kruger, Deconstruction Program Coordinator, Finger Lakes ReUse, Inc.  Erich's self built straw bale home incorporates natural plasters,as well as Glossary Link passive solar heating, thermal mass, a masonry wood stove, and humanure composting toilet.

Kirk Glundal, Owner Operator, EarthEmbers Natural Building.  Kirk specializes in sacred spaces and small shelters such as his own cob and straw bale home, as well as masonry heaters, outdoor bread ovens, natural saunas, retreat cabins and pavilions.

Frank Cetera, President and Co-Founder, The Glossary Link Alchemical Nursery.  Frank is leading the renovation of a blighted urban Victorian home in Syracuse NY through incorporating natural materials and building techniques such as natural plasters, homemade paints, earthen floors and insulation, and more.  The home will also feature the location of the Alchemical Nursery's main operations office.

Josh Morrow, Community Planning Student at SUNY-ESF.  Josh is a designer/builder from Corning, NY experienced with a variety of natural building techniques including Earthships, yurts, primitive shelter building, straw bale and cob.

See the press release for the Bulb Project's full day of events at: http://www.alchemicalnursery.org/myblog-admin/westcott-neighborhood-bulb-give-awaygarden-extravaganza-17700-perennial-bulbs-will-be-planted-in-syracuse.html

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Download Rahma Forest Garden Flier
Sept_10_Flier_FrontThe Rahma Free Health Clinic at 3100 South Salina St. in Syracuse will be humming with a work party for the Edible Forest Snack Garden on Saturday September 10th from 10 am - 3 pm.  Lunch will be provided for all volunteers, and a special 30 minute Intro to Permaculture Workshop will take place at 12:30 pm.  Projects for the day include:

Aerating the Soil and Cleaning Up the Site            
Sheet Mulching with Cardboard and Wood Chips
Installing Sign and Raised Garden Beds                                                                  
Learning about Permaculture and Design
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The Edible Forest Snack Garden Work Party is an official part of the Women Transcending Boundaries' A-OK Weekend (Acts of Kindness).

"The greater Syracuse community coming together for three days of service to make Central New York a kinder, safer, more hospitable and attractive place to live. “A-OK! Acts of Kindness Weekend” from September 9-11, 2011. Facilitated by the interfaith group Women Transcending Boundaries, this exciting weekend brings together participants of every age, faith and sector of our community in dozens of projects happening all over the greater Syracuse area."

Download Clothes Swap Flier
Clothes_Swap_Capture___ResizedThe Alchemical Nursery is hosting a clothes swap at our booth during the 2011 Westcott Street  Cultural Fair's 20th Anniversary on Sunday September 18th - all day!!  The Fair hours officially are 12 - 6:30 pm.

Bring your clothing items (shirts, pants, skirts, dresses, hats, shoes, gloves, masks, belts, costumes, burlap sacks, feather boas, backpacks, purses, accessories, jewelry, anything really) in good and usable condition to the event itself, or you can make donations of clothing items before the swap by contacting Heather at   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  This is a good opportunity to de-clutter your home before Winter. Come explore our mountain of clothes spilling out into the street during the festival and pick up a new style to try for yourself.  Clothes will be swapped for free, take what you want and leave what you want.
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Screen Printing will also be done on-site on any piece of clothing you desire, either your own or something you grab from the swap.  We'll have a few different designs on hand, and will ask a sliding scale donation of $1 $10 for screen printing materials and supplies use.

"The Westcott Street Cultural Fair is an annual, one-day celebration of the diversity and uniqueness of the Westcott neighborhood through its culture: visual and performing arts, food, service organizations and activities geared to families and Syracuse and LeMoyne students returning to the neighborhood. The fair attracts more than 8,000 people annually to the Westcott Business District in mid-September for a day filled with great sounds, sights, tastes and more."

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