Mezzacello Urban Farm and the Story of Two Maps
This is the tale of Mezzacello Urban Farm and the story of two maps. One thinks of a map as a symbolic depiction emphasizing relationships between elements or as a document of buried treasures. These maps are both of these.
I thought then that there was no way I could possibly add anything more to that pretty green map. But that pretty green map was really just a complicated side yard.Jim Bruner
These two Maps represent an evolution of just four years’ time. In those four years we grew the hornbeam allee to its full height, added in steel arches and fencing, a six foot euonymus hedge to the south, and beefed up the parterres and the pond.
In addition we added four fully energy and water independent applied STEM learning sheds. Mezzacello Urban Farm was incorporated as a non-profit Applied STEM and Urban Farming Learning Lab. We teach workshops, summer camps, and after school programs here.
A Story of Two Maps
It all started from that first map. I thought then that there was no way I could possibly add anything more to that pretty green map. But that pretty green map was really just a complicated side yard.
The bottom map is a business plan and impressive integrated, self-contained and self-sustaining ecosystems. These ecosystems are punctuated with classrooms and energy and water collection and generation stations, robots and sensors.
As Mezzacello Urban Farm moves into it’s Fourth Year(!) of providing high quality applied STEM camps and workshops, we will use this map to continue to expand and innovate. The best part is that because this map is both a document of related symbolic relationships and a treasure map, who KNOWS what we can discover!