Workshops

Additional workshop titles and descriptions forthcoming.

Preparing Biochar for Use in Soil
Learn how to prepare biochar and apply it to soil for optimum, rapid effects in production agriculture and homestead gardens. The focus will be on carbon & minerals, and on carbon & microbes.

David Yarrow, Soil & Carbon Consultant at Terra Char
www.dyarrow.org & www.terra-char.com
David is best known for his “4 M’s”: Moisten, Mineralize, Micronize, and Microbial inoculation for the use of char in soils and biological systems. He has taught “ Carbon-Smart Farming” for years as a strategy for farmers to use biochar to improve soil fertility, reduce fertilizer costs and improve productivity.

Garden Alchemy….Turning BIOCHAR into tomatoes….. ?
Come and learn practical information and applied techniques regarding the many distinct ways BIOCHAR can assist in growing great tasting and nutritious vegetables. Tomatoes will be used as an example. These ‘garden scaled’ approaches, developed over the past 10 years, also contribute to long term soil health, as well as, divert food residue from landfills.

Mike Flynn, Biospecific, Richfield, WI
wearebiospecific.com & www.onagreenquest.net
Michael Flynn, known as “Mike the Worm Guy” has 30 years of experience in the food industry, including food safety and regulatory compliance. He specializes in organic and “chem-lite” approaches which incorporate a variety of tools, such as cell-burst technology, biochar, compost tea, and vermicompost.

Field Trip
Biochar Field Day- From Production to Practice
9:00 AM to approximately 1:00 PM

We will meet at OSU and participants will be brought back to OSU after lunch at Gathering Together Farm  (around 1pm). Lunch is Included in the price.

Limited to 20 Registrants – Sign up for the Field Trip as you register for Biochar 2016.

Spend the morning with biochar producers and researchers in and around Corvallis. The group will explore a biochar production facility to learn about biochar production from feedstock preparation and biochar production and modification. We will also take a tour of the Oak Creek Center for Urban Horticulture and the USDA Agricultural Research Service laboratories to meet with researchers and see in progress experiments that demonstrate the effects of biochar on crop growth and production.