[Market-farming] Loss of Soil Carbon After Tilling

Richard Stewart rstewart at zoomtown.com
Tue Oct 27 14:21:42 EDT 2009


You are correct.  However, the production of charcoal at best has  
always been a fairly dirty process.

If we are talking about Biochar then we are talking about a much  
cleaner process.  It is something I am looking into as an option of   
rebuilding the soil quality of a 45 acre dry gravel pit site.

I am way over simplifying the whole thing of course and will admit  
that I do not have a firm grasp on the entire thing myself.  I can  
only say it looks promising especially as commercial units come on  
line that can produce hundreds of pounds of char in hours, ready to use.

Richard Stewart
Carriage House Farm
North Bend, Ohio

An Ohio Century Farm Est. 1855

(513) 967-1106
rstewart at zoomtown.com

On Oct 26, 2009, at 1:26 PM, TMcD wrote:

> --- On Mon, 10/26/09, waldenfarm <waldenfarm at bellsouth.net> wrote:
>> Also, burning wood for charcoal just to add to the soil
>> adds depletes resources and adds more CO2 to the air.
> If you will excuse a newcomer to the list for piping up on his first  
> day, I think you may be mistaken about this.  To make charcoal, wood  
> is heated in the *absence of oxygen*, producing methanol and a host  
> of other compounds.  Without oxygen, I don't believe CO2 would be  
> produced in any worrisome quantity.
> Tom
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