The Biochar Revolution!
We're pleased to announce a South Bay Area Gardeners Biochar Class! It will be given by an expert in this area: Paul Taylor, PhD, author of "The biochar revolution". Paul Taylor is a physicist who researches and presents on biochar and climate change. He has presented in international biochar conferences in Australia, US and Brazil and is a presenter for Beyond Zero Emissions (100% renewable energy).
Biochar is simply charcoal, specially made and infused with ordinary live compost, so it is ready to go into farm and garden soil. Biochar has amazing benefits for both growing, and the environment. It greatly reduces the amount of water and fertilizers needed, and it makes plants healthier, stronger and more nutritious. Biochar also takes carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, and locks it into the soil for thousands of years, becoming one of the most powerful and important aids in the fight against climate change.
During the class participants will learn:
- the multiple benefits of biochar
- how agriculture could help the climate
- making biochar/compost/mineral blends
- applying biochar to enhance soil fertility
- biochar in vermiponics, hydroponics, aquaponics
- financial benefits of biochar
- how to build simple stoves to make biochar
The class will be divided into two sections (plus lunch):
- 11am - 1pm - Biochar Presentation + Q & A Session
- 1pm - 2pm - Lunch
- 2pm - 5pm - Workshop: make your own, clean burning biochar stove
Participation in only one section is fine.
Paul will be teaching how to use biochar in your garden, as well as how to operate and construct biochar ovens from recycled materials, such as 55 gallon drums. He will also talk about preparing and conditioning the biochar for optimum benefits for your garden, landscape, or farm. Participants will leave with a biochar sample to take home(**) and a knowledge of how to building their own oven.
The class will take place rain or shine!
** Biochar will be available to those staying for the second part of the class, as it will be made during the workshop.