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Unlabeled Perils of Modern Urban Farming

Salts and other chemicals unlabeled are dangerous. This seems like it would be obvious  until you face working a full-time job (that you love) and then cramming all the chores, ordering supplies online or from stores when funds are available or face a minor health emergency (or all of the above). Details slip through the …

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Don’t Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth

Diversity Diversity in an ecosystem is always a good thing. I produce high quality compost and fertilizers from various sources. But the poultry and rabbit manure have limits. And it takes time and energy to synthesize them to where the garden beds actually need those minerals and soluble nitrogen. What I need is manure from …

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Changes, Evolution, and Chicken Coops

I love the play house chicken coop. It represents my innocent and playful heart. I meant well;Now I know better. I was at a party last year (just before the #COVID19 pandemic changed the world) and I was discussing farming with a colleague. Their position was that it was impossible to be a farmer (based …

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Welcome to Mezzacello

Mezzacello is an urban farm modeled after Monticello with better technology, a focus on sustainability and all in a downtown setting. We started recording everything in a blog. In fact, Our very first blog was a love letter to Monticello. The goal is to create a food and health oasis in the heart of a …

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Winter 2020 To Sleep We Go

2020 has been an interesting year. I have focused on growing the mission here at Mezzacello and innovating my technology and sustainability. New systems, website updates, storage and processing techniques, and grants like #ProjectMartian. I haven’t really touched on the other “interesting” component of 2020; #COVID19. For a lot of people, the Shelter-In-Place orders have …

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Beans, Beans, The Magical Fruit

It’s mid November here in Columbus, Ohio. I have harvested everything, canned, dried, or stored all the food I could for #ProjectMartian. This year I had a bumper crop of Kentucky Wonder Beans. I have grown beans in the past at Mezzacello. It was always a mixed bag for me. They were either tender and …

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Producing Food and Eating as an Art

One of the benefits of Mezzacello is the the unique differences between Jim and I. The marriage of different perspectives on some of the things we already value. We find ourselves delving into aspects of things that we otherwise might not have. Jim enjoys the animal husbandry science, and culture of the farm, whereas I’m …

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Building a Bigger Table and Sharing the Wealth

I have been saving eggs all 18th Century style as part of my ongoing exploration in urban farming at Mezzacello. I had two five gallon buckets of clean chicken and duck eggs in my cellar. The eggs were preserved in distilled water and hydrated lime. It works like a charm by the way. I only …

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