Mezzacello Events

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2024 Summer Camps | Save Your Space!

#AppliedSTEM summer camps and Mezzacello events will be returning to Mezzacello in 2024! I am happy to announce that 4 new summer camps will be held at Mezzacello over May, June and July and into August.

Camps held at Mezzacello are fun and safe. All activities take place outside in the urban farm located in downtown Columbus, OH. In case of rain, there are classrooms, tents, and greenhouses a plenty. In case of sun, there are covered shades, solar panels and wind turbines as well!

Lunch is NOT provided. Transportation can be arranged for campers to other camps provided by PAST Foundation with a small surcharge.

Each camp is staffed by trained farmers and teachers and new for 2024 Middle School Interns!

PAST Foundation/Mezzacello Summer Programs

  • Project BioTech Camp – Enroll Through PAST Foundation
    • The basics of life, food and ecology. One week, all day camp
    • June 3-7, 2024 9:00 – 4:00 [Register Here]

  • Project BioEngineering Camp – Enroll Through PAST Foundation
    • The basics of STEM and Simple Machines in nature and on a farm. One week, all day camp
    • June 10-14, 2024 9:00 – 4:00 [Register Here]

  • Project BioMechanics Camp – Enroll Through PAST Foundation
    • The basics of biology and motion in all life on a farm.
    • One week, half day camps. One in the morning, one in the afternoon.
    • July 8-12, 2024 9:00 – 12:00 and 1:00 – 4:00 [Register Here]
    • Note each camp is slightly different, so a full day is an option if enrolled in both AM and PM camps

  • Quantum Effects in Nature Camp – Enroll Through PAST Foundation
    • A basic primer on the mysteries of quantum effects and scales in the way nature manages complex systems like respiration, reproduction, and light on a farm.
    • One week, half day camps. One in the morning, one in the afternoon.
    • July 15-19, 2024 9:00 – 12:00 and 1:00 – 4:00 [Register Here]
    • Note each camp is slightly different, so a full day is an option if enrolled in both AM and PM camps

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Open Enrollment for Mezzacello Camps

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Due to high demand and waitlists in 2024, Mezzacello Urban Farm will be offering our popular Applied STEM and Urban Ag Summer Camps twice this season. The first time is through the PAST Foundation registration, and these camps are open to anyone to join through Mezzacello.org

These camps are the same camps that have proved so popular in the previous three years. This year they will be co-taught by Mr. Jim, a teacher and Middle School interns who have demonstrated subject matter mastery of their topic. It’s a fun opportunity for kids to co-learn together with their peers.

  • BioTechnology, Ecology, and Animals Camp
    • The basics of life, food and ecology. One week, all day camp
    • May 20-24, 2024 9:00 – 4:00 [Register Here]
    • July 22-26, 2024 9:00 – 4:00 [Register Here]
    • $250 per student for the full week – lunch is not provided

  • BioEngineering and Biomimicry Camp
    • The basics of STEM and Simple Machines in nature and on a farm. One week, all day camp
    • May 27-31, 2024 9:00 – 4:00 [Register Here]
    • July 29 – August 2, 2024 9:00 – 4:00 [Register Here]
    • $250 per student for the full week – lunch is not provided

  • BioMechanics and Simple Machines Camp
    • The basics of STEM and animal and insect physiology on a farm. One week, half-day camp
    • June 17-21 2024 9:00 – 12:00 and 1:00 – 4:00 [Register Here]
    • August 5 – 9, 2024 9:00 – 12:00 AM session only [Register Here]
    • $120 per student for the week each session – lunch is not provided

  • Quantum Effects and BioChemistry Camp
    • A basic primer on the mysteries of quantum effects and scales in the way nature manages complex systems like respiration, reproduction, and light on a farm.
    • One week, half day camps. One in the morning, one in the afternoon.
    • June 24-28, 2024 9:00 – 12:00 and 1:00 – 4:00 [Register Here]
    • Note each camp is slightly different, so a full day is an option if enrolled in both AM and PM camps
    • $120 per student for the week each session – lunch is not provided

  • Circle Of Life on a Farm Camp
    • A crash course in converting city land into fertile and effective food gardens by looking at interdependent ecologies.
    • Three-day full day camps.
    • July 1-3, 2024 9:00 -4:00
    • $100 per student for the three-day session – lunch is not provided.

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Open Enrollment for one Day Mezzacello Workshops

One day workshops at Mezzacello Urban Farm are a fun way to get kids and their families involved in better understanding food, ecologies. animals, and wellness. Each workshop is a weekend morning to afternoon – unless otherwise designated as an evening workshop or a Sunday workshop.

Families are encouraged to attend together and teach each other something fun and new at Mezzacello Urban Farm. From caring for animals to understanding electricity, to The Floor Is Lava and even Quantum Physics. Lots of options here!

  • BioEngineering Basics
    • A fun, family-friendly weekend workshop where teams must build bridges, domes, insects, and skeletons from objects found on the urban farm.
    • May 25, 2024 – 9:00-1:00.
    • $75 for students, $90 for a family per workshop. Lunch is not provided.

  • BioTech in Action
    • A fun, family-friendly weekend workshop where teams create new habitats for quail and rabbit babies.
    • June 1, 2024 – 9:00-1:00.
    • $75 for students, $90 for a family per workshop. Lunch is not provided.

  • Partners Not Pets
    • A fun, family-friendly weekend workshop where teams learn the basics of animals and the roles around the urban farm.
    • June 8, 2024 – 9:00-1:00.
    • $75 for students, $90 for a family per workshop. Lunch is not provided.

  • Physical Electricity
    • A fun, family-friendly weekend workshop where teams learn the basics of renewable power and electricity on the urban farm.
    • June 9, 2024 – 9:00-1:00.
    • $75 for students, $90 for a family per workshop. Lunch is not provided.

  • STEM and Dragons
    • A fun, family-friendly weekend workshop where teams must design and construct a Floor is Lava game on the urban farm.
    • June 15, 2024 – 9:00-1:00.
    • $75 for students, $90 for a family per workshop. Lunch is not provided.

  • Quantum Effects in Nature

  • Renewability in Nature

  • BioChemistry and Growth

  • The Four Keys of Climate

  • Natural Ninjas

  • Energy in Action

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School Visits and Public Speaking

Mezzacello Urban Farm has a long history of developing innovative Applied STEM content in a mobile platform to schools around Ohio. Jim Bruner has 20+ years experience in Educational Technology and Standards-Based Curriculum Development, first with the State of Ohio and later with The PAST Foundation.

Mezzacello Urban Farm can come to you! Mezzacello offers three different experiential opportunities to any school in Central Ohio. Our rates and descriptions and activities can be found below.

  • Ecologies and The Human Environment
  • Applied STEM and Animals as Partners, Not Pets
  • Energy Production and the Physics of Electricity

Tours of Mezzacello

Tours of Mezzacello in person are welcome. We ask that you contact us directly or schedule a toour using the link below.

Please remember, Mezzacello is both a Learning Lab and a private residence. Please schedule ahead of your visit or Take Our Online Tour!


Private Events

Mezzacello is available for private events and parties. Please schedule a private appointment with Rick or Jim. Please be advised, the max capacity for events at Mezzacello is 50, and all events are subject to legal rules of gathering, CDC guidelines, and liquor access and control.