Backyard Biochar This site has descriptions of my experiments with Flame Cap Kilns. I also report on work by others.
US Biochar Initiative I am on the advisory board of the USBI. We are sponsoring the 5th North American Biochar Symposium in Corvallis, Oregon - August 22-25, 2016
Illinois Valley Forest Collaborative I've been involved with the group in my hometown for several years. We are working with the US Forest Service on hazardous fuels and small diameter timber sales. Biochar is a part of what we do.
Umpqua Biochar Education Team (UBET) I am working with UBET on a Conservation Innovation Grant from the USDA-NRCS. We are helping small farmers learn how to make biochar and use it to manage manure and make premium compost.
We have a distinguished group of experienced biochar practitioners coming to teach at the Biochar School - Nov. 7-11. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from these experts. Register now at http://biocharschool.bpt.me
I am reading Naomi Klein's book, This Changes Everything. This is revolutionary. Here is a quote from the intro: "The bottom line is what matters here: our economic system and our planetary system are now at war. Or, more accurately, our economy is at war with many forms of life on earth, including human life. What the climate needs to avoid collapse is a contraction in humanity's use of resources; what our economic model demands to avoid collapse is unfettered expansion. Only one of these sets of rules can be changed, and it's not the laws of nature."
What you will learn from our faculty of 12 experienced biochar practitioners: • No-cost and low-cost ways to make plenty of biochar for your farm • Biochar application rates and methods for best results • How to make biologically active, nutrient balanced biochar fertilizer blends • How to analyze biochar characteristics • How to integrate biochar economically and ecologically into your farm production systems • How to design biochar devices that capture useful energy