Monthly Archives:August 2012

Biochar in Wine Country & Wedding Waste Heats Up

The big news this week on the biochar topic train is the 2012 US Biochar Conference that is being held in Sonoma County, California. The United States Biochar Initiative (USBI) selected the Sonoma Biochar Initiative (SBI) in partnership with the Sonoma Ecology Center to host the event from July 29 – August 1.

The conference is expected to rally 400 growers, entrepreneurs, investors, scientists, policy makers, policy analysts, engineers, producers, users, and students — all focused on the topic of effective biochar production and use. Yours truly, The Biochar Company, is a presenting sponsor. Stay tuned for our post-conference re-cap!

In other fun news, a couple in New Hope, Virginia bought a 20-acre farm and turned it into an event venue, Hermitage Hill, where horses and guests can interact. During cocktail hour at a wedding, guests may grab some veggies from whiskey-barrel tables and feed the horses. What’s this have to do with biochar? Hermitage Hill has partnered with James Madison University’s Integrated Science and Technology Department where students develop biochar furnaces on the farm to consume waste from the stable. The biochar is then spread on the fields to help retain nutrients and moisture, which makes for an even more beautiful wedding backdrop!

Bonus: excess heat from the furnace is used to help heat the stable, decreasing the need for external energy.

What more is there in life? Wormly yours until next week!