|1] Rahma Forest Garden Work Blitz on Saturday August 25 2] Winners of DISHES On-The-Road Summer 20123] Clothing Swap Sunday September 23 4] END:CIV Screening Saturday October 65] Fresh, A Community of Gardeners, and Truck Farm
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~1] Rahma Forest Garden Work Day on Saturday August 25
Saturday, August 25, 2012
12:00pm - 02:00pm
3100 South Salina St, Syracuse, NY
Join us in our final summer workday at the Rahma Forest Garden. Help us in preparation for the opening of the Rhama Free Health Clinic in September! This will be another 2-hour blitz event, and we'll be working hardily from 12-2. Come early or stay late if you'd like a more in- depth and personal tour of the site. We will be:
> watering as necessary > weeding to keep up with this latest wet weather > sheet mulching and spreading the remaining wood chip piles on site > picking up trash > planting some fall season crops (this may include broadcasting white clover seed, transplanting fall crop starts into the raised beds,installing fall woody species) > looking after current plants on site through cage care, mulch upkeep, and identification sign creation. > we will also be harvesting the last of the summer yield for all of our volunteers! There may be herbs, chard, tomatoes to take home > 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.
2] Winners of DISHES On-The-Road Summer 2012
WE WON! Thanks everyone kindly for your vote and your interest in "Food Forest Gardening for Culture and Health". The Alchemical Nursery is proud to accept this award from the 2012 Summer DISHES On-The-Road crowd funding competition towards furthering our
Permaculture based initiatives for reforesting and refooding our environments, and educating about eco-social lifestyles and landscapes that benefit each of us in equality and resilience. To learn more about Salt City DISHES (Dine In. Support Happenings. Enliven Syracuse.) and view photos from the award presentation night at Craft Chemistry in Syracuse, NY, visit https://www.facebook.com/SaltCityDISHES. To read about our winning project entry visit: http://www.alchemicalnursery.org/news/460-vote-for-us-at-dishes-summer-2012.html
3] Clothing Swap Sunday September 23
Sunday September 23rd 2012 @ the Westcott Cultural Fair. The Alchemical Nursery Presents a CLOTHING SWAP / FREE clothes. Donate cash or clean clothes, IF you can. Take whatever you want! The best things in life are free, as are these clothes. SCREENPRINTING done by donation!!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4] END:CIV Screening Saturday October 6
This year, the Alchemical Nursery is again presenting a FREE screening of topical interest to our community for the 4th annual Progressive Film series starting at 11 am at the Westcott Bulb Project, Westcott Community Center on Saturday October 6.
END:CIV, by Franklin Lopez, is 75 minutes in length and "examines our culture’s addiction to systematic violence and environmental exploitation, and probes the resulting epidemic of poisoned landscapes and shell-shocked nations. The causes underlying the collapse of civilizations are usually traced to overuse of resources. But acts of courage, compassion and altruism abound, even in the most damaged places. By documenting the resilience of the people hit hardest by war and repression, and the heroism of those coming forward to confront the crisis head-on, END:CIV illuminates a way out of this all-consuming madness and into a saner future." - from the website. View the trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--FsPMKkt9c
A panel discussion afterwards entitled "Reflections on Resisting the Destruction of the Earth" will include local activists to be announced, including those involved in organizing against the hydro-fracking industry's attempts to degrade our ecosystems in pursuit of fossil fuels, and the anti-nuclear movement.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~5] Fresh, A Community of Gardeners, and Truck Farm
Alchemical is partnering with the Rosamond Gifford Foundation and ArtRage Gallery (505 Hawley Avenue, Syracuse, NY) to bring you six films depicting community efforts to improve their communities and the world. The fall series of three films focusing on food issues will begin in September and run thru November 2012. Films were selected by a committee of community members and are shown twice at different days and times followed by a facilitated discussion. All films are free to the public. No reservation is required.
FRESH, 2009, 72 min
Monday, September 10, 5:30 to 7:30 pm, Wednesday, September 19, 7:00 to 9:00 pm
FRESH is more than a film; it is a reflection of a rising movement of people and communities who are re-inventing our food system. FRESH celebrates the food architects who offer a practical vision of a new food paradigm and consumer access to it. Encouraging individuals to take matters into their own hands, FRESH is a guide that empowers people to take an array of actions as energetic as planting urban gardens and creating warm composts from food waste, and as simple as buying locally-grown products and preserving seasonal produce to eat later in the year.
A COMMUNITY OF GARDENERS, 2011, 60 min
Wednesday, October 17, 5:30 to 7:30 pm, Tuesday, October 23, 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Throughout Washington, D.C., people of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities are gardening side by side, growing vegetables, fruits and flowers in community gardens. Some are looking for basic sustenance, others for a way to remember their homelands, still others for a place to find a respite from their troubles. Through the voices of young people, senior citizens, immigrants, garden volunteers and educators, A COMMUNITY OF GARDENERS explores the vital role of seven urban community gardens as sources of fresh, nutritious food, outdoor classrooms, places of healing, links to immigrants’ native countries, centers of social interaction, and oases of beauty and calm in inner-city neighborhoods.
TRUCK FARM, 2011, 48 min
Tuesday, November 13, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Monday, November 19, 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Somewhere on the streets of Brooklyn, New York, a tiny farm-on-wheels is growing in the back of a 1986 Dodge pick-up truck. Filmmaker Ian Cheney planted his truck farm in 2009 after moving to New York City and realizing there was no space to grow food. The 1/1000th acre farm started as an experiment, using rooftop farming irrigation techniques to grow a variety of plants including parsley, broccoli, lettuce, tomatoes, and basil. The miniature yield is not enough to support large-scale consumption; however, the truck farm serves as a portable educational tool for urban students and a tribute to edible innovation. In just two years, the original project has expanded into 25 mobile truck farms across the country. Each truck in this “Truck Farm Fleet” is unique, but together this moving force is teaching people that growing food can be fun, easy, and rewarding despite a scarcity of land.
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