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Patient People with a Purpose for Place

Patient People with a Purpose for Place Mezzacello is a private garden, homestead, Learning Lab for biochemistry, agriculture, robotics and technology integration for agriculture and sustainability. It is also a labor of love and our home. We knew from the start that we wanted a place that allowed the pair of us to explore our …

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Foodist: Butter Bean and Broccolini Salad

Butter Bean and Broccolini Salad Recipe: Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 lb. Broccolini, cooked and trimmed 3 tbsp. olive oil 1 tsp. lemon zest 2 tablespoons juice 2 tbsp. capers, drained and chopped 2 tbsp. honey mustard 1/2 red pepper flakes 1 (15.5-ounce) can small white beans, rinsed In a steel bowl, …

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The Manure That Infected Mars

#ProjectMartian really worked well. Especially during the COVID19 isolation. Last year every bit of manure and green and brown for compost went through the #Bioreactor. I was mocked for using it. I was chastised for calling it that. But it did work. This year I used compost from the bioreactor in all of my 24 …

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The Rule of Sustainability – 3 and 5 Strategy

Sustainability is a really important topic in the world right now. We need more of it, but we need better metrics to define what “it” is. Like the word, “nice” sustainability means many different things to many different people. At Mezzacello I have developed a rule of thumb that helps me better define sustainability. I …

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Don’t Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth

Diversity Diversity in an ecosystem is always a good thing. I produce high quality compost and fertilizers from various sources. But the poultry and rabbit manure have limits. And it takes time and energy to synthesize them to where the garden beds actually need those minerals and soluble nitrogen. What I need is manure from …

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