Revisiting Rahma -restocking of Rahma Edible Food Forest

For: The Alchemical Nursery Project, Inc.
Syracuse, NY
Organizer: Frank Cetera
Revisiting Rahma -restocking of Rahma Edible Food Forest (The Alchemical Nursery Project, Inc.)
$227
of $500 goal
45% Complete
Raised by 5 donors

The Story

In 2012 we started the journey together through design, fundraising and organizing, to build a forest garden on the grounds of the Rahma Free Clinic.  In 2018, after 5 years of growing a forest, we will revisit and renew, taking an intentional look at what succeeded and what failed, redesigning plots and polycultures, and replanting and newly mulching spaces that haven't yet fulfilled their potential at the Rahma Edible Forest Snack Garden in Syracuse NY, located at 3100 South Salina St.


For example, one of our first plots - the paw-paw/currant/gooseberry/mint polyculture - has been very stable, though we lost one pawpaw tree following a dry period during the summer of 2016.   Most of the groundcover and herbaceous layer is productive, but some spots have seen takeover by plant species that we would rather convert to other productive residents.  Thistle and wild lettuce will be replaced with  friendlier clover, gaps between under-story specimens will be re-mulched and filled in with cuttings from the adjacent gooseberry and currants, and the pawpaw loss will be replanted with two new 4-foot tall saplings (approximate cost with shipping $100.00). 


Second, the center of out garden has often suffered from dry periods, and the trees planted there have either been mortality specimens or have grown very very slowly.  We will replant with a monarch waystation patch of 32 plants including 6 different species* ($136.85), as well as a triumvirate of Adirondack Gold Apricot trees ($104.24)!


The remaining funds from the $500 raised will go towards supplies and materials such as plant stakes, ID tags, snacks for volunteers, and clover seed.  If we raise more than the $500, we'll be able to extend our revisit to other patches in the forest too!  Come take a look and share what areas you'd like to see receive some extra special TLC this year.


* (5) Butterflyweed for Clay (3" Pots), (5) Rough Blazingstar (3" Pots), (5) Common Milkweed (3" Pots), (5) Sky Blue Aster (3" Pots), (6) Hoary Vervain (3" Pots), (6) Purple Coneflower (3" Pots)


Picture above is from our annual Juneberry harvest!  The perks we are providing to donors of this campaign are not metered out in buttons, or keychains, or postcards, or any other trinkets, but in real food, and planting stock, and seeds, that we give away and share with anyone that visits the edible food forest, from the plants that we grow on site!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on April 23, 2018

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Posted on April 23, 2018

Do you know which of these plants we have at Rahma Food Forest?  These are some of the new signs painted as part of our community creatives project on Earth Day.  We'll be featuring the signs, and painting new ones, at the Revolution show at the Gear Factory on Sat April 28 from 4pm-midnight, free admission.  Your donation to our spring appeal will help purchase accessory materials such as posts, nails, and lacquer to install and protect the signs at Rahma. 


Posted on April 23, 2018

Posted on April 23, 2018

Do you know which of these plants we have at Rahma Food Forest?  These are some of the new signs painted as part of our community creatives project on Earth Day.  We'll be featuring the signs, and painting new ones, at the Revolution show at the Gear Factory on Sat April 28 from 4pm-midnight, free admission.  Your donation to our spring appeal will help purchase accessory materials such as posts, nails, and lacquer to install and protect the signs at Rahma.


Posted on April 23, 2018

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Posted on April 23, 2018

We had an amazing turnout of artists today that helped us paint 53 new garden art signs!  We're almost half-way to our goal here on our YouCaring drive.  Help us reach that goal this evening on EarthDay, and then check us out on Facebook to see some of the great garden art signs from today!

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