•    Announcing an exciting new biochar learning opportunity
•    More info and registration coming soon!

Biochar School:
Appropriate Technology for the Small Farm

November 7-11, 2014

•    5 days of learning and experimentation at Swallow Valley Farm in Sonoma County, California
•    Produced by Wilson Biochar Associates, New England Biochar, LLC and Biocarbon Associates
•    Co-sponsored by US Biochar Initiative, Sonoma Biochar Project, Southern California Biochar Initiative and others TBA

Sign up NOW to get more information – add your name to the email update list for the Biochar School here:

This educational program will demonstrate simple, small to medium scale biochar production technology, with lessons and demonstrations of methods for feedstock selection and handling, biochar post-processing and application.  You will leave the school with a well-rounded experience and knowledge of the nuts-and-bolts practicality of on-farm biochar systems.  Here are some of the topics we will cover:

•    Building low tech biochar devices
•    Design for combined heat and biochar
•    Biomass & biochar handling: matching feedstocks to devices, size reduction, drying, grinding, storage
•    Biochar mixtures and preparations: compost, bokashi, minerals, wood vinegar
•    How to test and characterize biochar
•    How to apply biochar
•    How to set up field and pot trials to assess biochar effects
•    How to match biochars to soils and crops
•    Integrating biochar in permaculture practices

About the venue: Swallow Valley Farm provides a unique combination of resources:  a working farm with an established system built around the stationary Adam Retort of the Sonoma County Biochar Project; a large meeting room that can hold 50 people; a huge pole barn for under-roof activities; and nearby permaculture farms where biochar is in active use.

Housing and meals: Unlimited camping is available at the farm, or you can opt to stay at nearby hotels or cabins.  A caterer will work in our large, professional kitchen preparing all meals.

Faculty (preliminary list):
•    Kelpie Wilson, Wilson Biochar Associates, editor at the Biochar Journal, researcher at the Ithaka Institute
•    Peter Hirst, New England Biochar, Sonoma Biochar Initiative, Swallow Valley Farm
•    Raymond Baltar, Sonoma Biochar Initiative, Biocarbon Associates
•    Gloria Flora, Executive Director, US Biochar Initiative
•    Paul Anderson, Dr TLUD, Chip Energy
•    Toby Hemenway, Pattern Literacy, author of Gaia’s Garden
•    Michael Wittman, Blue Sky Biochar, Southern California Biochar Initiative
•    Art Donnelly, SeaChar, Estufa Finca
•    John Miedema, BioLogical Carbon, biochar educator and innovator
•    Josiah Hunt, Pacific Biochar
•    Simran Raphael, Regenerative Earth, Bloomfield Organics
•    Philip Small, Land Profile, Inc
•    Matt Banchero, the Tree Hugging tree cutter
•    Damien McAnany, Ecological Landscaper

Please save these dates on your calendar now. Go to our registration site to add your name to the email list to receive further information and registration prices.

For burning questions about this event please contact Peter Hirst:



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