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Gone Gardens and the Other Mezzacello Origin Story

Mezzacello is a compound concept. A merging of two wills, missions, and visions. I’ve addressed this before. South Korea vs North Korea here and in Pretty and Plentiful here and again in Science and Symmetry here. But I have never shared why this story has two parts. Rick has a natural passion for creating spaces …

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Motivations and Inspiration for the Creation of Mezzacello

Motivations are very personal things sometimes. The motivation for Mezzacello – specifically the food generation component is very private and personal, but worth sharing to prove a point. I have lived without the ability to eat and forced to go hungry for a week due to circumstances that made the issue of food access and …

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Unsung Heroes in the Urban Farm Kitchen

Ah the plastic takeout container! These round polypropylene take out containers are essential in a modern urban garden. They are usually given to me by friends who get takeout lunch from Chinese food or dinners from better restaurants. I love them. They are cheap (free!) sterilizable, reusable, come with lids (which I lose quickly) and …

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Harvest, Hunger, and the Art of Preservation

This is just a morning of potager garden harvest at Mezzacello. It’s encouraging. Lasagna gardening produces a very rich soil and in turn a lot of food. I can push this system even harder. Spinach and beans will go in the rows where onions and potatoes grew. Now I know what optimal yields can support. …

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