There are a lot of myths, promises, and not so truths out there when it comes to biochar.
Today my guest Gloria Flora will help shed some light on the reality of biochar. Gloria’s the founder and past director of the US Biochar initiative, so she has an extensive knowledge base when it comes to biochar. But that knowledge isn’t just limited to biochar, as she has also worked for the US Forest Service and she’s a permaculturalist, so she gets how biochar fits into the larger whole.
Today we will cover topics from the practical to the theoretical ranging from…
• What is biochar?
• What does biochar actually do in the soil? How/why?
• Size when added to soil.
• Inoculate prior to soil?
• Minimum effective dose per area to see results. Is more or a lot more better?
• Are all biochars created equal? Is the leftover char from a bonfire equal to biochar produced in perfect
All in it is biochar demystified.
Notes from Gloria:
- www.biochar-international.org – a comprehensive site for biochar actions around the world and the latest in research.
- www.biochar-us.org – a great site for an initial introduction to biochar with beginner and advanced lists of resources and links.
- www.bestbiocharkiln.com – a site for purchasing cone kilns, gifted to SOS by the designer. All profits go to biochar education.
- www.biocharjournal.org – chockfull of interesting and well-researched articles about biochar.
- One of my favorites articles is “55 Uses of Biochar” – https://www.biochar-journal.org/en/ct/2
- http://peakoil.com/enviroment/albert-bates-concrete-solutions/comment-page-1 And a new use of biochar as a concrete aggregate thanks to Albert Bates, a sustainability hero, and author of Biochar Solutions, and a plethora of other great books.
Books recommended by Gloria on biochar and its role in the bigger picture: