Giving Back to Sustainability for Lint

Four years ago we decided we were to dedicate our efforts across all domains to sustainability. We refer to it as an enclosed Sustainable ecosystem network. There are many pathways that enable and insure those networks remain viable and renewable. This requires that we reframe waste. Not as an inconvenience or troubling afterthought; but as …

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The Most Beautiful Compost

My favorite aspect of Mezzacello is the #ZeroWaste strategy we strive to employ here. Nothing is whimsical; if you have nothing to add to the greater welfare of the ecosystem you have no purpose here. Rick and I violate this principle on occasion, because sometimes you just need to rest LOL!. But for the rest …

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Foodist: Perfect Pan-Roasted Chicken

Ingredients: 6 skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs (about 2 1/4 pounds) Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper 1 tablespoon vegetable oil Fresh Seasonal herbs (Rosemary, Thyme, Lavender, Oregano, Savory, Parsley, Lemon, Blueberry, or Pear) Preheat oven to 475°. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a 12″ cast-iron or heavy nonstick skillet over high …

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Six Years of Constant Improvement and Modification

Everyone knows we started an urban farm on an inner city plot of land. What they might not realize is that we really did start from scratch. It’s the sixth anniversary of our first spring at Mezzacello. It’s also the sixth anniversary of my learning every agriculture skill I have learned. From trial and error, …

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The Carbon Sink: AKA the Formal Gardens

My animals, the insects, the pond, and tree and bush trimmings create a lot of organic matter. More than my Compost bins can usually absorb. I can funnel some of it into my garden beds for developing lasagna compost beds to grow vegetables and herbs into, but that still leaves organic matter. That’s why I …

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