Indicator Species

If you have been following my Urban Ag Tech Summer Camp posts you’ll know that I was set back by an attack of nematodes and centipedes. Well my solution for this was to slowly heat the soil over a period of two weeks under a tightly sealed clear plastic tarp. After we determined the problem, …

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The New Neighbor Who Has 100 feet

Well year two of #ProjectMartian has been a learning experience to be sure! My original idea was to test if we could send greens and browns to Mars to recreate compost and soil on Mars (we can). But I neglected one key plot point; Life will stow away. To cut corners this busy year I …

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The Launch of Mezzacello 2.0

Mezzacello is evolving, again. More infrastructure, more technology, garden beds, and new outbuildings for livestock, tools and media. Here is a sneak peek at the urban farm a week before the launch of my Urban Ag Tech Camp with the Ohio Farm Bureau and the PAST Foundation. Stay tuned! There will be much more to …

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The Manure That Infected Mars

#ProjectMartian really worked well. Especially during the COVID19 isolation. Last year every bit of manure and green and brown for compost went through the #Bioreactor. I was mocked for using it. I was chastised for calling it that. But it did work. This year I used compost from the bioreactor in all of my 24 …

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Ecosystems Alone And Together

I talk a lot on this blog about the enclosed sustainable ecosystems of Mezzacello. That is a partial truth. The fact that the ecosystems I incorporate here end at my property leaves me (and my animals and ecosystems) vulnerable to “outside” threats. That is not the way nature works. She is used to all of …

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The Rule of Sustainability – 3 and 5 Strategy

Sustainability is a really important topic in the world right now. We need more of it, but we need better metrics to define what “it” is. Like the word, “nice” sustainability means many different things to many different people. At Mezzacello I have developed a rule of thumb that helps me better define sustainability. I …

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Redefining Mezzacello

Mezzacello is more than an urban farm. It is more than a group of enclosed sustainable ecosystems. It is also a learning lab dedicated to advancing and innovating agricultural and technology solutions for urban food deserts. That takes improvements in infrastructure and resources. Over the past two weeks I have been pulling down buildings and …

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Spring 2021 at Mezzacello

Well it’s nearly Easter in this year after COVID19. My enclosed sustainable ecosystem is readying itself to come back to life. I decided this cold sunny day was the perfect day to record Mezzacello as it is right before it goes through it’s next big expansion. So here is a little slideshow from April 1, …

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