Beginning to Start to Commence…

Once Jim and I secured the property, it wasn’t initially obvious what direction the use of the south-facing empty lots would take. He wanted to garden. Jim wanted a vegetable garden and I wanted an ornamental garden. Both could be planted with no problem, but for me it had to compliment the age and style …

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Urban Farm, Urban Problems

We finally have built up the urban farm we call Mezzacello to be a functional enclosed ecosystem. After four years of building infrastructure, and planning we thought we were almost there. We’d been busy planting, composting, improving soil, preparing beds, buying (and rebuying tools stolen by transients and thieves), digging and building a fish pond, …

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A Systems Approach to Life: The City/Farm Garden

A good system strategy is to break down the system into discrete parts. For me (and at Mezzacello) I prefer these three: Pattern, Structure, and Process. Mezzacello is an enclosed ecosystem by design with three gardens that reflect, support, and build on each other. The patterns are farmhouse, urban garden with livestock, and fine urban …

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