Alternative Gardens

My First Garden

Understanding and Exploring the Role of Balance in Our Relationship with the Natural World is a critical 21st Century skill.

The Foodist: Pasta with Mussels

This is a superb recipe and a favorite here at Mezzacello. It is also the FIRST recipe we ever posted here!

Pasta with mussels
Pasta with mussels and garlic wine sauce

The Foodist: The virtues of Bourbon and Vanilla

This delightful Madagascar Bourbon infused Vanilla Extract is the ultimate luxury in the kitchen of a foodist!

The Virtues of Bourbon and Vanilla
Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract

Why “Poor Boys Have Poor Ways”?

This was our original inspiration for starting Mezzacello. We had vision, but no funds. Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson

Why "Poor Boys Have Poor Ways"?

The City/Farm Garden

The Systems Approach to life expects one to look at pattern, process, and structure. That’s what we have done here at Mezzacello.

The Ghost Foundations of Mezzacello

Urban Farm, Urban Problems

Urban Farm, urban problems vandals, theft and working out the path of sustainability and ecosystems. We rebuild and keep working.

Practical Water Management

Water is one of the holy trinity of resources in an urban ecosystem, alongside biomass, and flora and fauna.

The Ghost Foundations of Mezzacello

Since 1868 when the house was built, there have been three houses built and destroyed here to the south of us. The foundations remain.

The Ghost Foundations of Mezzacello

Sustainability and Renewal

The secret to sustainability is finding ways to reintegrate waste and produce more than you started with. Repeat and add diversity.

Sustainability and Renewal

Musings on Energy

The blog post where I muse on the intersection between, life, art, physics and metaphysics. A little Rock and Roll, Voltaire, and Newton, with some Clerk Maxwell!

Musings on energy
Leaf Shredder and Dry Leaves