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.
This summer we grew a crop of oats - just a few rows as cover crop between our vegetable beds. Today I stripped the seed from the straw so I could use the oat straw for tea and save the seeds for next year's oats. I store the seed in the basement and need to protect if from the mice. I thought it would be ideal to have a sack that I could hang from the ceiling. But where to find a cloth sack?
An old pillow case! I have several that are stained or frayed or just don't match the sheets I use. A linen pillow case to store my grain is really coming full circle from the days when thrifty housewives used coarse flour sacks to make all kinds of household linens and even clothing.
Where would I even find a sack for flour or grain these days? I'd have to make it myself, or even better, pick up a pile of old pillow cases at the Goodwill.