Learn biochar for your garden

SOURCE: William Stepchew (billstepchew@gmail.com) SUBHEAD: Workshop at Kauai Nursery, Saturday, December 3rd 9:30am, on making your own biochar.  

By William Stepchew on 21 November 2011 in Island Breath - 

Image above: A biochar harvest from system for under $400. From (http://www.flickr.com/photos/81339495@N00/sets/72157617279225172/).

Biochar is charcoal; virtually pure carbon made from "pyrolyzed" plant matter; woodchips, sawdust, seed hulls, hay, etc. It is being used to improve soil for gardening and food production. Topics covered will be:
  • What is biochar, what does it do, who thought of this, why is it important.
  • How to build and use a 1-gallon size biochar maker, a simple device and method for making small quantities of consistent, high-purity and easy-to-use biochar, suitable for home gardeners for use in potting soils and gardens.
  • How to use biochar to improve your gardening and potting soil.
  • |Other uses for biochar.
  • Questions and Answers.
RSVP by November 26 to register. Space is limited. Contact Bill Stepchew, billstepchew@gmail.com or 635-4021 Participants will have the option of building and testing their own char-maker at the workshop for a $10 materials fee, or come watch for free.  

Saturday, December 2, 9:30 - 11:30 am  

at Kauai Nursery and Landscaping,
3-1550 Kaumualii Hwy, Lihue

See also:
Ea O Ka Aina: The Real Eldorado 3/3/11
Ea O Ka Aina: The Biochar Solution 12/10/10
Ea O Ka Aina: Save the World with Biochar 4/26/10
Ea O Ka Aina: Biochar goes Industrial 10/18/09 
Ea O Ka Aina: Sacres Shrines & Skinny Chickens 8/26/09 
Ea O Ka Aina: Searching for Terra Preta 8/7/09 
Ea O Ka Aina: Soylent Black 1/11/09
Ea O Ka Aina: Black is the New Green 2/28/09 
Island Breath: Rethinking BioChar 10/15/07 .

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