About Mezzacello

Jim Bruner | Mezzacello

In the fall of 2013 Jim Bruner & Rick Riley bought an 1868 Italianate house and two vacant lots in downtown Columbus’ historic Olde Towne East neighborhood. The house had been abandoned three times in its 150 year history – most recently from 2009-2013 and the two attached plots had houses (and their stone foundations remain) but were now vacant and wildly overgrown but were blessed with south facing sunlight. There was potential but a great deal of work needed to be done.

The original overgrown lawn with the missing fence line and the gap toothed missing back gates. Jim Bruner | Mezzacello

From 2013 – 2019 the pair got to work converting dead, weed and brush infested plots into a showcase of sustainability with a primary mission to build infrastructure, and offset food costs by 40%. The house also needed a complete retrofit from electric to HVAC to raising the 3” sunken northern foundations.

Mezzacello is an urban farm modeled after Monticello with better technology, a focus on sustainability and all in a downtown setting.

The name Mezzacello makes light of it’s scrappy nature (little Monticello). It is an urban garden, farm and ecological laboratory for urban gardening and raising animals. in 2020 Mezzacello is moving into phase II; not just a 21st Century urban farm, modeled after Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, but as a teaching and learning lab for how to efficiently and sustainably convert any built environment into a sustainable enclosed ecosystem, organically.

The goal is to create a food
and health oasis in the
heart of a major urban city.

The formal pretty gardens and the farm and livestock plentiful gardens, along with the house at Mezzacello merge and share ecologies with humans, plants, animals, and the built environment.

The primary garden rooms at Mezzacello with the bisecting east-west axis running down the middle. Jim Bruner | Mezzacello

The goal is to create a food and health oasis in the heart of a major urban city. We have dedicated ourselves to exploring and advocating nature, gardening, technology, and Applied STEM to create food webs and sustainable, dependent ecosystems. Our reset goal is to serve as a guide for building a healthy, robust green ecology in a densely populated urban footprint. We produce high-quality food, systems, and soils to feed our bodies, our souls and our community.

Prepping lasagna gardens Jim Bruner | Mezzacello

Map of Mezzacello’s impact across Ohio. Jim Bruner | Mezzacello

Join us in our mission to change the world by making the story of food and wellness in our 21st Century world. Take a complete aerial tour of Phase I Mezzacello With the Mezzacello from Above link below.

[Mezzacello from Above]

[About Jim Bruner]

[About Rick Riley]

The Grounds at Mezzacello

Jim Bruner | Mezzacello
Jim Bruner
Designer, computer science major with a military background. Passionate about Ag Science, culture, technology, and Urban Farming.

Jim Bruner | Mezzacello
Rick Riley
Gentleman gardener and southern gentleman. Passionate about boxwoods, beauty, culture, grace, and formal gardens.

Jim Bruner | Mezzacello
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