EDITORS NOTE: For info about the 2013 class please visit http://www.alchemicalnursery.org/news/484-community-training-in-ecological-design-2013-syracuse.html

The CTED in Syracuse will be back starting on February 4th, 2012!  It's never too early to register, so do it now to ensure the class will be held as scheduled.

Weekend Workshop: February 4 & 5, 2012  (10 am - 5 pm)
Thursday evenings: February 9 though April 5, 2012  (6 pm - 8:30 pm) 
Full Day Permablitz at the Rahma Edible Forest Garden: Saturday April 14, 2012  (10 am - 5 pm)

$200 - $400 Sliding Scale (Some scholarships are available, apply for a scholarship as part of  your registration application) 

Find the event online at Facebook http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=169415196481284.  But be sure to officially register at the Finger Lakes Glossary Link Permaculture website: http://fingerlakespermaculture.org/ 

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DSCN5119_ResizedOlusola arrived in Syracuse on August 16th to begin his endeavors in Media Studies at the Syracuse University Newhouse School.  He knew he had come a long way to gain the education needed to continue contributing to his personal mission as a disability activist.  Syracuse University is well known for its media and journalism studies departments so it's no surprise he finds himself here (with thanks from a Ford Foundation Fellowship and the Institute for International Education).  

Of course, Syracuse is also well known for it's snow and cold weather every winter.  And Sola admits, he has never seen or experienced snow before, but he is getting prepared! Add a comment

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...

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Diagram_Capture_ThumbThis course offering has been postponed until the late Winter / early Spring of 2012, keep posted here for more details or get in touch to receive more info.

This class gives gardeners, landowners, farmers, and anyone interested in sustainable living, tools to get started on a wide range of projects to improve food production, conserve resources, and save money.  We will meet once a week throughout the Fall to discuss the principles and techniques of Glossary Link permaculture and ecology that help us make better choices for our land, families, and communities.

Presented by Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute, The Glossary Link Alchemical Nursery, and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County

September 10 & 11 (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) then Wednesday evenings, September 14 through November 9 (6:00–8:30 p.m.)
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2009_visiting_Stephen_crop_ThumbCome see Lindsay speak about the confluence of water and Glossary Link permaculture at the Onondaga Arts Water Festival on Saturday September 17th at the Syracuse Zen Center.

1) You studied Permaculture and earned your PDC during an Earth Activist Training workshop from Starhawk who is known for her global activism and neo-paganism.  Can you explain how activism and spirituality can benefit from an understanding of Permaculture?

The combination of paganism, and activism with permaculture may seem out-of-the-ordinary for many, but I found it to be a natural synergy.  Many peoples consider the earth sacred, in one form or another, whether you’re pagan, Native American, Christian (considering it to be God’s creation), or just a believer in the Gaia Hypothesis.  Many people who may not identify with any of those labels feel that our relationship to the earth has gotten deeply out-of-whack – Permaculture is a beautifully hands-on, accessible, and significant method of actually doing something about it . . .
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with_Julia_ESF_Campus_ThumbprintBen Ballerstein is taking to the road this summer to explore cooperative living in collective and campus houses across the USA.  Starting in Syracuse, Ben will be "recording environmental practices implemented at each cooperative, interviewing residents to study how living green affects attitudes and beliefs and how government policies and community conditions help or hinder cooperatives to accomplish their goals. A short film documenting the journey will be produced and shown at the 2011 NASCO Institute. Lastly, a Sustainable Cooperative Guide will be put together based on the efforts documented during the trip".  The Glossary Link Alchemical Nursery would like to invite you to learn more about Ben and the Collective Footprints project.

1) Ben, Tell us who you are in relation to the concept of collective and cooperative living.  What are your primary formative experiences and what makes you tick and continue to push for this type of lifestyle?

I first became familiar with the concept before I ever lived in a cooperative house....
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