The Alchemical Nursery

Syracuse, New York, United States

  • Last updated: January 12, 2015 (2 years ago)
  • Listing created on: May 16, 2008

Mission Statement

Ecovillage & Ecosocial Living

Community Description

The Alchemical Nursery is a community benefits organization committed to the development of regenerative lifestyles and landscapes utilizing the principles and ethics of Permaculture, the Intentional Communities movement, Ecovillage living, and Mutual Aid activity. By providing educational resources, dialogue space, networking tools, and project development we are growing together towards cultural transformation, right livelihood, and equilibrium between local human society and our global ecological community.

1. Facilitate Permaculture based ethics, education, and hands-on experiences to assist individuals in becoming more self-reliant and connected to their ecological environment.
2. Advance an understanding of Intentional Community and Ecovillage based lifestyles and philosophies
3. Direct the continued research and development of the DUCk (Decentralized Urban Community) Land Trust model
4. Aggregate and coordinate educational and project based initiatives based in cooperative and mutual aid methodologies
5. Provide logistic, financial, organizational, and public support to other like-minded endeavors.


  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Shared Housing (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling.), Organizations~ Resources~ or Networks, Other
  • Programs & Activities: Organizations, Resources, or Networks


  • Area: 1 acres
  • Land owned by: A subgroup of community members
  • Additional Comments:

    Alchemical Nursery members have been involved past and present with Bitternut Homestead, Bread and Roses, and Celowy House, 560 Allen St. and other shared residence type dwellings. Currently and on a separate note we are continuing research for establishing a community-owned land trust.


  • Adult Members: 7
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Contact us via email at the address listed above, call, or message us on Facebook.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Membership is as simple as signing up for updates, attending or volunteering at AN sponsored events, donating to help us continue in our efforts, or as in depth as participating in our formal organizational process, collaborating with us in offering workshops, or joining the Bitternut Homestead.


  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    Board of Directors


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    5-10 Hours Per Month

    To make what is a for them a “Significan Monetary Contribution” to support the organization’s activities. i.e an annual donation, which may be $0 if the member has no personal finances.

Sustainability Practices

  • Current food produced: Up to 25%


  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Dietary Practice: Other
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Somewhat important – there are some dietary restrictions or customs.
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    Vegetarian or Vegan Preferred.

    Primarily Vegetarian and Vegan

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs)

Additional Comments

Alchemical Nursery has over the last few years has partnered with the Rahma Clinic, and various other community organizations in installing and maintaining the Rahma Edible Snack Garden on South Salina St. in Syracuse, NY. We have also planted the Co-op Permaculture Garden behind the Syracuse Real Food Coop on Kensington St, and a right-of-way garden planted on the corner of Oswego & West Fayette Sts. The Bitternut Homestead is the shared residence on Otisco St. in Syracuse, which also houses the offices of Alchemical Nursery and which has its own righteous garden as well.

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Global Ecovillage Network (GEN), Ecovillage Network of the Americas

Community Affiliations

Bitternut Homestead, New Environment Association, EcoVillage at Ithaca, Celowy Home, Bread and Roses Collective House, Bread and Roses – Base community, Common Place Land Cooperative