Alchemy is used once you get elements; elements are found from refining ore; ore is mined through (go figure) mining. I find alchemy (and it's advanced form, Intermediate Admixing) to be somewhat "higher level" stuff, as there's little ore in Groddle, and a lot of higher level skills support it well (like making great drinks for buffs that cause you to use zero energy while mining/refining).
My recommendation would be to focus first on either animal kinship, which will give you a lot more bonuses when you nibble piggies or milk butterflies; or gardening, which gives you much larger harvests from trees.
If you donate a lot of stuff to shrines you get favor with the giants (at 1000 you get an emblem, which is needed to unlock higher tiers of skills) as well as a LOT of exp and a mood boost. If you need money, find a vendor and sell some stuff... or just level up. You get a good amount of money while leveling.
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