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.)
$520
of $500 goal
100% Complete
Raised by 15 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 June 7, 2018

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Posted on June 7, 2018

We did it, thank you for helping us reach our Rahma spring fundraising goal.  I hope to see you at the forest garden soon!  Stay tuned for news on upcoming events such as an herbal walk, and our next general service day.


Posted on June 6, 2018

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Posted on June 6, 2018

I can't do it, you won't let me, the donations keep rolling in slowly, and we are only $46 from our $500 goal, so I 'm keeping this open until we reach the  $500, as a challenge to you, to share the fundraiser, talk to your friends and colleagues about the project and encourage them, I know, I KNOW, we can get another $46 in donations that will make my time typing this out and strategizing, and your time sharing and talking about the project, worth our time.  The nursery plants thanks you for it.  If you didn't catch our video walkthrough after last Saturday's service event, go here -  https://www.facebook.com/1434315193475219/videos/2111808319059233/


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Posted on June 1, 2018

Posted on June 1, 2018

We'll be wrapping up our spring fundraising campaign for Revisiting Rahma, the food forest project at 3100 South Salina St here in Syracuse. We'll celebrate with a shared pizza lunch after our 12-2 service work on Saturday. Donations still being accepted as we are at $384 of our $500 goal. We've already installed a 32 plant monarch waystation bed, 3 Adirondack Gold apricot, and 2 new paw paw this spring with your donations.  More event details at https://www.facebook.com/events/1612920392169522/

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