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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Redefining Mezzacello

Mezzacello is more than an urban farm. It is more than a group of enclosed sustainable ecosystems. It is also a learning lab dedicated to advancing and innovating agricultural and technology solutions for urban food deserts. That takes improvements in infrastructure and resources. Over the past two weeks I have been pulling down buildings and …

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The Enclosed Sustainable Ecosystems of Mezzacello

This is a new map I created this morning that highlights the general ecosystems of Mezzacello. What it cannot do is show you the directions and discrete ways each ecosystem plays into the others. There are the obvious ones like the manure from 5 influences the health of 4, and the wastes from 7 benefit …

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Introducing Project Martian

Hey! By now you know that at Mezzacello we are committed to our mission of Grow, Maintain, Sustain, and Explain. This summer I have a remarkable opportunity to push that mission to an unexpected and thrilling new horizon; growing food and creating ecosystems on the Moon and Mars. You might think that my work here …

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Pathways to Harvest and Reuse

Midsummer update on the Lasagna beds. I harvested turnip greens, kale, and Swiss chard today. In my years of gardening the concept that you can harvest the leaves of plants while they are still growing has been one of my greatest lessons, and the most timely. It actually helps the greens grow and remain healthy. …

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