Cool the Planet, Heal the Biosphere, Grow Nutritious Food
Organized by: Jim Busher
Empowering every high school student in the twenty rural counties of Northern California to action in healing the planet and in growing healthier food for themselves and their families.
The Cool the Planet, Heal the Biosphere, Grow Nutritious Food project will introduce the process of converting biomass into bio-fuels and biochar and learn applications for using biochar. With a goal of reaching 25,000 high school students per year, each student will learn: a) the science around the carbon cycle and it's relationship to all life on earth, b) the history of how biochar has been used for centuries to enrich the earth and to grow healthy crops, c) the process of how to convert biomass into bio-fuel for energy and biochar as a soil amendment. d) the benefit to the environment through the use of renewable biofuel, and e) that by sequestering carbon, as biochar, into the soil will prevent carbon from getting into the atmosphere adding to the cause of global warming and climate change.
BIOCHAR IS ONE TECHNOLOGY THAT CAN POSITIVELY REVERSE THE PRODUCTION OF CARBON AND METHANE INTO THE ATMOSPHERE WHILE IMPROVING FOOD SUPPLIES, CLEANING WATER, REHABILITATING SOIL, PROVIDING A SOURCE OF ENERGY THROUGH RENEWABLE BIO-FUELS, AND BY EMPLOYING MILLIONS OF PEOPLE IN LOCALLY BASED ECONOMIES.
Biochar is the carbonized solid form of biomass.
Biochar is produced through a process known as pyrolisis, which is the heating of biomass stock in an oxygen deprived environment to temperatures upward from 300° C to around 600° C (or around 572° F -- 1,112° F ).
Biochar production for use as a soil amendment is a recently renewed practice which is centuries old. Most commonly is known in association with the terra preta soils of the amazon region where the carbon rich biochar was regularly added to garden soils.
Biochar provides us a unique opportunity to improve soil fertility for the long term using locally available materials. It can be used alone or in conjunction with compost, manure, minerals, and/or agrochemicals.
Of note, is that the application amounts of water and fertilizer can be reduced when using it with biochar while realizing the increasing benefits to quality and quantity the plant production.
Biochar can help the environment by removing many toxins from the soils and water and by way of other by-products which are environmentally friendly including: energy as biofuels, numerous agricultural applications, and as a growing number of other products still in the R&D stages or yet to be discovered. Advanced classes, where requested, may held and include the production, capture, and use of bio-fuel, (in the forms of syngas and bio-diesel).
The funds donated to this project will be used for: material supplies (approximately 10%), mileage and other expenses (approximately 15%), and compensation for up to five trained presenters (approximately 75%).
More info: http://www.biochar-international.org and at: http://www.biochar-international.org/certification and http://biocharnorthwest.com