The First Inaugural Biochar School, Featuring Hands-On and Farm-Scale Technologies, Was a Great Success in Biochar Education and Awareness.
For five days several dozen individuals from all over America (and even one from Norway) gathered at Swallow Valley Farm in Sonoma County to learn and share. Some of the highlights included building cookstoves and oil drum TLUD’s, kitchen tool characterization techniques, biochar fertilizer preparations, and of course – fire demonstrations.
By day one, guests and hosts alike were already discussing future locations and themes for similar events. What stood out from this event and many previously attended biochar events was the hands-on approach in extended length format. We had the opportunity to build, to burn, and to get our hands black with biochar.
The following is an imagery rich snippet of information sharing some of what happened there;
A wonderful event. While making this post, I found myself reminiscing the feel of being there. So much exciting positive energy, enthusiasm, sharing, hope – and completely flooding our days with virtually non-stop geeky biochar talk. In normal times, the gaining of new connections and solidification of existing connections happens at a certain rate, during events such as this, the rate of connectivity is thrown in hyper-speed. I believe that the industry gained a good step forward from what happened there at Swallow Valley Farm. I feel honored to have been a part of it.
Many thanks to Peter Hirst, Kelpie Wilson, and Raymond Baltar; the event organizers. It would not have happened if they had not acted on an idea then tirelessly brought it to fruition.
– Josiah Hunt
* All photography by Josiah Hunt