Biochar Event 2 at Strawbale Studio
EVENT DATE: Jul 29, 2017
Michigan Ecovillage & Strawbale Studio are co-sponsoring a biochar demonstration!
• Join Karl Kaufman of Michigan Ecovillage and Paul McCullough of Sierra Club Regenerative Food & Agriculture Committee at Deanne Bednar’s Strawbale Studio in Oxford, Michigan for a Pit Kiln Biochar production demonstration, as well as a demonstration of small pyrolysis cookstoves, which also produce biochar. A tour of Strawbale Studio's natural buildings & grounds willl follow.
• Location: Deanne Bednar’s Strawbale Studio 2691 Noble Rd., Oxford, Michigan 48370 Phone: 248-628-1887
• Rain or shine! Dress for Michigan weather;
? Followed by a POTLUCK if you can join in - Bring a dish to pass!
• Free event, with optional donation: $5 – $25
Deanne Bednar 248-628-1887
Karl Kaufman 810-241-5240
• Biochar is charcoal from biomass, which sequesters carbon from the atmosphere for hundreds to thousands of years. We will utilize both a Top-Lit Up-Draft pyrolysis unit and the Hawaiian Luau pit pyrolysis technique popularized by Josiah Hunt. Local wood and biomass will be converted to char, and participants will take a bag of Biochar home to experiment with. Techniques to “charge” the biochar with nutrients will also be discussed.
Biochar is part of a sustainable solution to climate change, by sequestering carbon and preventing its return to the atmosphere as greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. Biochar has also been documented to improve soil fertility by increasing resident soil carbon with resultant improved microbiological populations. This further amplifies carbon sequestration, as well as improving moisture and nutrient retention. The productive deep prairie soils of the Midwest, and the Terra Preta soils in the Amazon are a result of char.