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Secret Life of the Farm at Night

Mezzacello is an urban farm. We are surrounded by homes and businesses and cars. There are also a lot of transients in my neighborhood on the near East side of Columbus. It’s a fact of life. It’s still jarring when…

Sunday morning collection of found objects in the farm.

Climate Change, Ducks, and Optics

This week’s post is about a photo. This photo to be exact. I took it at 16:00 on Sunday February 2, 2020 in Columbus Ohio. Not Raleigh, NC. Columbus. What Is Wrong Here? The ducks should not be foraging for…

Sheds, Groundhogs, and the Opioid Epidemic

In 2017 a dear friend of mine donated an 8’ x 10’ x 12’ (2.44m x 3.04m x 3.66m) shed that was on a property he was looking to sell. So I hired a group of workers that I saw…

Our donated shed built by a workman we came to call the groundhog.

Sanitary Poultry Feeding

Birds are messy. Please don’t judge my hen yard. I know it’s messy. It would be even messier if I were still using the first type of feeder I tried at Mezzacello. One of those hanging affairs with a red…

Man Versus Squash Beetles

This summer has been brutal. But I am not complaining; just making an observation. It is brutal not just because of the heat, but because of how prevalent the pests are this year, That mild winter in 2019/2020 did us…

An entire zucchini plant had to be destroyed. Sprayed with Neem and captured beetles with soapy water.

The Role of Air Conditioning in the Modern Kitchen

AC in AD. Most everyone I know in 2020 has AC (AKA Air Conditioning) we do not. Let me be clear: We have AC compressors, but we do not have; Copper in them, a functioning furnace from the 20th Century,…

Pans at the ready hanging in the "Camp Kitchen".

Why I Use The Metric System at Mezzacello

Yeah. That’s a real map. The United States of America, Liberia in Africa, and the pseudo-Communist state of Myanmar (Formerly Burma). That’s it. 190 other nations around the world, and the area of Low-Earth orbit, the moon, Mars and every…

The New Neighbor Who Has 100 feet

Well year two of #ProjectMartian has been a learning experience to be sure! My original idea was to test if we could send greens and browns to Mars to recreate compost and soil on Mars (we can). But I neglected…

Compost centipedes deposited from horse manure. But they LOVE the moist environment in a martian bed.