October 2015 SkillShare – Biochar Demonstration

Saturday, October 24  1 – 5 pm  @ Robin Hills Farm, Vegetable Barn

20390 Stockbridge Chelsea Rd., Chelsea, MI 48118


pit pyrolysis TLUD

Join Karl Kaufman and Sheldon Smith for side-by-side TLUD/Pit Kiln Biochar production demonstrations in Chelsea, MI. Ann Arbor Reskilling is teaming up the with the instructors and Robin Hills Farm for the first workshop of their “Biggest Pumpkin Contest” Series featuring organic methods for “beefing up” your produce!

Biochar is charcoal from biomass, which sequesters carbon from the atmosphere for hundreds to thousands of years. We will utilize both a Top-Lit Up-Draft (TLUD) pyrolysis unit and the Hawaiian Luau pit pyrolysis technique popularized by Josiah Hunt. Local wood and biomass will be converted to char, and participants will take a bag of biochar home to experiment with. Techniques to “charge” the biochar with nutrients will also be discussed.

Biochar is part of a sustainable solution to climate change, by sequestering carbon and preventing its return to the atmosphere as greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. Biochar has also been documented to improve soil fertility by increasing resident soil carbon with resultant improved microbiological populations. This further amplifies carbon sequestration, as well as improving moisture and nutrient retention. The productive deep prairie soils of the Midwest, and the Terra Preta soils in the Amazon are a result of char.

***All participants can take samples and handouts home, and will participate in feeding the pit kiln.

Please register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/biggest-pumpkin-contest-series-biochar-workshop-tickets-18503539585, or by emailing ben.w@robinhillsfarm.com.

Free, but donations greatly appreciated to help us cover our costs!

For more information on what is included in the workshop, please visit http://www.robinhillsfarm.com/events/ or one of the sites below.

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