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Biochar Demonstration

 Join Karl & Gaylyn Kaufman of Michigan Ecovillage and Paul McCullough of the Sierra Club Regenerative Food and Agriculture Committee at Doug Moore’s farm, near South Lyon, Michigan for a low-tech biochar production demonstration. Biochar is charcoal from biomass, which effectively sequesters carbon for hundreds to thousands of years. We will utilize the Hawaiian pit pyrolysis technique popularized by Josiah Hunt, as well as top-lit updraft (TLUD) biochar gasifier stoves. 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 sterile biochar with nutrients, and the vital global importance of carbon sequestration will also be discussed. Handouts and associated information will be provided.

Biochar is one 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 as well as microbiological populations. Doing so stimulates additional soil carbon sequestration processes, as well as increasing moisture and nutrient retention. Char created the deep prairie soils of the Midwest, and the man-made Terra Preta soils in the Amazon.




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Doug Moore’s Farm

53353 Nine Mile Rd, Northville (Lyon Twp), MI 48178

Doug: 248-486-8420; Paul: 989-630-7610; Karl: 810-241-5240 karl@miecovillage.org


Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017; 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM


FREE (optional $5-25 donation to Michigan Ecovillage)

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October 15, 2017
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm


53353 Nine Mile Rd, Northville (Lyon Twp), MI 48178