Established in 1993, the Chanticleer “pleasure garden” in Wayne, Pennsylvania, is a 35-acre public garden that has been called the most romantic, imaginative, and exciting public garden in America. Known for its creativity and innovation, the garden has been using Soil Reef for the past three years. One of their lead horticulturist’s initial interest in using Soil Reef was a to address a problem area that had been dug up by construction and left a lot of heavy clay behind – which presented a challenge for new plantings. After succeeding with the introduction of Soil Reef to address their challenges, the garden now uses Soil Reef biochar for all their gardenscapes.
Established in 2010, the Brooklyn Grange in New York, is the largest organic rooftop farm and garden in the world. Comprised of two locations: a one-acre (43,000 square foot) farm in Queens which is made up of roughly 1.2 million lbs. of soil, and the Brooklyn Navy Yard farm which covers a full 65,000 square foot building. Their total rooftop farming area is 2.5 acres, or about 108,000 square feet. Incorporated within their custom soil mix is Soil Reef biochar which is used for its light weight as well as water and nutrient retention capabilities. In all, the Grange grows over 50,000 lbs. of organically cultivated produce per year, comprised of hundreds of thousands of plants each season. Tomatoes are one of their biggest crops with over 40 varietals planted. They also grow salad greens, peppers, kale, chard, bac choi, herbs, carrots, radishes, beans, and many other exciting crops.
Established in 1996, the Gryphon Café is suburban Philadelphia’s “Main Line” cozy coffee enclave known for its beautiful beans, sublime roasts and tasty teas. Owner Rich Mattis began his Soil Reef adventures with his home gardens beds in 2013 and discovered that among other things, biochar’s water retention capabilities are a big plus during the dry summer months. For Earth Day 2014, team Soil Reef and Rich planted a variety of flowers, herbs and vegetables – to be used in the Cafés menu – within the Café’s 4’ x 20’ urban courtyard nestled in between four adjoining buildings.
At an impressive 37 x 40 x 35 feet (11.3 x 12.2 x 10.7 meters), and 150 tons, American artist Jeff Koons’s beautiful outdoor floral sculpture stands majestically on the grounds of the 200-acre former foxhunting estate in beautiful Potomac, Maryland. Constructed of stainless steel, geotextile fabric, an internal irrigation system, and thousands of live flowering plants, this stunning living sculpture contains a custom built soil, created by our partners at The Organic Mechanics Soil Company, which includes Soil Reef biochar. To our knowledge, this is a first of its kind carbon-sequestering work of art thanks to photosynthesis and it’s utilization of our biochar.