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Be part of the solution: biochar workshop.

You can turn your junk mail into an excellent soil amendment and lock the carbon in the soil. You can drastically improve fertility of your soil and help fight climate change! Curious how? Come to a biochar workshop!

It will be given by a biochar expert: Paul Taylor, PhD, author of "The biochar revolution". Paul Taylor is a physicist who researches and presents on biochar and climate change. He has presented in international biochar conferences in Australia, US and Brazil and is a presenter for Beyond Zero Emissions (100% renewable energy).

Biochar is simply charcoal, specially made and infused with ordinary live compost, so it is ready to go into farm and garden soil. Biochar has amazing benefits for both growing, and the environment. It greatly reduces the amount of water and fertilizers needed, and it makes plants healthier, stronger and more nutritious. Biochar also takes carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, and locks it into the soil for thousands of years, becoming one of the most powerful and important aids in the fight against climate change.

The class will be divided into two sections (plus lunch):
* 11am - 1pm - Biochar Presentation + Q & A Session
* 1pm - 2pm - Lunch(included in ticket price)
* 2pm - 5pm - Workshop: making clean burning, biochar stoves from recycled materials.

Paul will be teaching how to use biochar in your garden, as well as how to operate and construct biochar ovens from recycled materials, such as 55 gallon or 1 gallon drums/cans. A stove made of 55 gallon drums can produce over 40lb of biochar per firing - a perfect size for a community garden or a small farm. Paul will also talk about preparing and conditioning the biochar for optimum benefits for your garden, landscape, or farm. Participants will leave with a biochar sample to take home(**), 1 gallon stove (if they choose to make one) and a knowledge of how to building their own oven.

The 6 hours class costs $25 to pay for Dr. Taylor's time, travel expenses and for the lunch ingredients.

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The class will take place rain or shine! Come and join us, be part of the solution!

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  • David L.

    I attended this event with my girlfriend Diane, and we both thought it was great, very well worth it. We learned how to make simple biochar oven out of a couple of cans. It took place at the sunnyvale community garden. We will be making biochar for our back yard. I am also hoping to make some sort of business dealing with biochar. zif anybody has any questions, please feel free to contact me.

    1 · November 20, 2012

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