[Market-farming] Biochar Conference & Question

juliew026 at netscape.net juliew026 at netscape.net
Sun Nov 8 18:49:43 EST 2009

Here are three important links on the topic of Biochar

I have only started using biochar in my farming efforts but have seen it do wonders on a friend's farm 

http://www.nsm.umass.edu/biochar09/       (this is next weekend)


There are also two very active yahoo groups one  on Biochar itself and a group called Woodgas which focuses on the uses of the Biochar forming pyrolysis byproduct of syngas in internal combustion engines

it is very worth your time to check this topic out
 I see a future where it is possible to heat your greenhouses year round using the waste heat from pyrolysis....heat your home from the syngas while making a soil amenity product (Biochar) that if used properly will double your production rate.....and be carbon neutral in the production of the biochar and use of the syngas, but more importantly when the biochar in put into the earth where it will remain for perhaps many hundreds of years it is then carbon negative worthy of carbon credits....ka-ching  ka-ching to the farmers bank

  Julie Winslow
 Cape Coastal Farm Products
 Orleans, Ma


-----Original Message-----
From: Marty Kraft <martyk at allspecies.org>
To: Market Farming <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Sun, Nov 8, 2009 5:25 pm
Subject: [Market-farming] Biochar Conference & Question

If anyone has made or used biochar or terra prita i would like to know what your experience was. 

Also there is an online conference which someone might be interested at this link. http://www.bioeconomyconference.org/  The two speckers i'm interested in are shown below.

Plenary Session Speakers
James E. Lovelock, Ph.D. 
 Dr. Lovelock is one of the world’s most renowned thinkers on global environmental science. He has called upon farmers to convert agricultural residues to biochar for incorporation into the soil as the only solution to global climate change.
Johannes Lehmann, Ph.D.
 Dr. Lehmann is associate professor of soil fertility management and soil biogeochemistry at Cornell University and co-author of Biochar for Environmental Management: Science and Technology. He will discuss the combined benefit of biochar for carbon sequestration and improved soil fertility.

On Nov 8, 2009, at 2:50 PM, Tradingpost wrote:


>From what I read the Terra Preta was not the result of just adding charcoal to the soil. It involved adding large amounts of organic matter as well and may have taken centuries to develop into the black, fertile soil. If anyone has that long to wait, go for it. We build the healthiest soil already with a wide range of organic matter - and that contains plenty of carbon as well. I know. I started with thin, poor, arid climate dirt and brought it to serious fertility in a couple years.

paul tradingpost at lobo.net

"Down one road lies disaster, down the other utter catastrophe.Let us hope we have the wisdom to choose wisely."
 - Woody Allen

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On 11/8/2009 at 12:23 PM Ken Hargesheimer wrote:


I can not think of any thing as destructive to the soil and organic
matter as biochar. Farmers did not come up with this hairbrain idea.  I
studied Brazilian jungle farming before the promoters got to college.
Biochar destroys the one thing the soil needs more than any other thing:
organic matter.  Burn it up and put the ashes on the soil.  Excuse me!
Ken Hargesheimer

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