Mezzacello is first and foremost a private residence and it is a yard. But it is also an urban garden and an urban farm. There will be supplies that must be brought in and products that will travel from one ecosystem to another. That leaves a path. It was interesting to see that path so clearly on this winter day. Like a road traveling down the north south axis of the house, the herbal parterres, the aquatic ecosystem, the henyard, the potager garden and the greenhouses.

The snow highlights the path through the yard that touches every ecosystem at Mezzacello. Jim Bruner | Mezzacello

This path gets used so much I have had to plant high traffic grass seed because the original grass just became a muddy path. I never really documented that though. Let’s face it, a wintery path and healthy, impact tolerant grass is a better image than a muddy path. But that path is a superhighway of activity amongst all eight of these ecosystems. I am really proud of it. I’ll be traveling on it to shut the animals away safe for the night, shortly.

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