The Alchemical Nursery

Last updated: January 12, 2015 (10 months ago)

Listing created on: May 16, 2008

The Alchemical Nursery

(Syracuse, New York, United States)

  • Status: Forming
  • Started Planning: 2007
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
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  • Contact Name: The Alchemical Nursery
  • Phone: 315 308 1372
  • Address:
    717 Otisco St.
    Syracuse, New York, 13204
    United States
  • Visitor Process

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

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes
    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.

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.


  • Adult Members: 7
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes

Social Factors

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


  • Type: Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability.), Shared Housing (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling.), Organizations~ Resources~ or Networks, Other
  • Programs & Activities: Organizations, Resources, or Networks
  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Board of Directors

Land and Buildings

  • 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.

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes


  • Required Labor Contribution: 0


  • 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.



  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%


  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Somewhat important – there are some dietary restrictions or customs.
  • Dietary Practice: Other


  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.


  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.


  • Additional comments: Vegetarian or Vegan Preferred.

    Primarily Vegetarian and Vegan


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

We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.
Bryan Bowan Architects California Cohousing International Communes Desk ICSA NICA Wolf Creek Lodge