Saturday was a big day for the SeaChar team. Our approximately one ton of Alterna Energy donated biochar and an equal volume of beautiful Bailey’s steer manure compost have been applied to their treatment blocks. After what has sometimes seemed like a very long 9 months (how appropriate) of talking, planning, land search, lining up partners, the ongoing and often bloody Blackberry Battles, the search for water and a sun burn or two: Let the Citizen Science begin! This weekend we started pushing back. The soil, char and compost samples have been pulled, backed up and shipped to the USDA Labs in Prosser Wa. and Kimberly ID.  We will be planting our preliminary cover crop of Seeds of Change donated, edamame soy-bean in short order.  This is just the beginning of what is scheduled to be a 5-year, multi-partner study. And just the first step of learning about and teaching, how best to best utilize the potential of biochar to help us adapt a more sustainable infrastructure.

High Fives and Fist-Bumps all around!     Come help us grow the SeaChar Carbon Garden!