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Hometown: Berkeley, California Director, Sonoma Biochar Initiative Served on the Executive Committee of the Sierra Club, Sonoma Chapter Served on the Board of the Sonoma County Conservation Council and the Steering Committee Member and Advisory Committee Member of Solar Sonoma County Received and MBA degree in Sustainable Enterprise, Dominican University, in 2011 Professional Photographer for over 30 years. Charter Member and Past President of the Professional Photographers of the Redwood Empire

Biochar Meeting at Shone Farm 6/19/19

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SBI, in collaboration with Sonoma Water and other partners, is holding a meeting to discuss its recent activities, form new collaborative relationships, and to hear about other synergistic efforts to build healthier forests and manage fire adaptive landscapes, build healthier soils, sequester carbon, and build local resiliency. Download the flyer here. Please register here. The event is free.

New Ice on Fire Documentary

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An important new climate change documentary, co-produced by Leonardo DiCaprio and his father George DiCaprio and financed by HBO Films, will be streamed on HBO beginning on June 11th. The filmmakers traveled the world to document how fast things are changing and to interview a number of experts on the unfolding climate crisis. The focus of the film, however, is on a number of positive and existing methods we can use to drawdown carbon and (hopefully) slow the warming to under 2 degrees C, including biochar production and use, kelp farming, afforestation and reforestation, and direct air capture technology.

You can see the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pr6Z2_9750I

There will be a major fundraising effort tied to the film that will generate money for major tree planting and biochar projects through the Redwood Forest Foundation, Inc.; a large number of kelp farms under the direction of Bren Smith’s fantastic company Greenwave; and direct air capture machines from Europe. Coupled with the great new book “Burn: Using Fire to Cool the Earth” by Albert Bates and Kathleen Draper, and the fact that biochar was cited in the latest U.N. IPCC Special Report as one of the least expensive and most easily scalable technologies to drawdown excess C02 from the atmosphere, biochar production and use is leaping onto the world stage as something of critical value in the massive fight for ecosystem survival that lies ahead of us.

Raymond Baltar

Announcing Upcoming Conservation Burn Workshops

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In collaboration with The Vineyard Team and the air quality management districts in San Luis Obispo, Monterey, and Santa Barbara counties, we are happy to announce that we will be giving conservation burn workshops in each county on April 3rd, 4th, and 5th. Each workshop will be 4 hours in length and include a lecture on biochar and the theory behind this cleaner burn methodology along with a hands-on field burn.

Here are the dates and locations.  To register, CLICK HERE.

  • April 3rd Santa Barbara County, Sea Smoke Vineyards, Lompoc  9 A.M. to 1 P.M.
  • April 4th San Luis Obispo County, J Lohr Vineyards and Wines, Paso Robles  9 A.M. to 1 P.M.
  • April 5th Monterey County, Ste. Phillipe Vineyard, Soledad  9 A.M. to 1 P.M.

Dirt Rich Movie Premier May 21st at Sebastian Theater

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The Sonoma Ecology Center, Pacific Biochar, and SymSoil present Passelande Pictures’ Dirt RichMay 21, 7:00 at the Sebastiani Theater in Sonoma, CA; an environmental documentary that takes viewers on a journey through a multiplicity of carbon drawdown solutions that simultaneously address two of the planet’s most pressing environmental challenges: unsafe atmospheric carbon levels which drive global warming, and depleted soils that are in desperate need of carbon.

North Coast Biochar is Now Available!

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The Redwood Forest Foundation, Inc. (RFFI), a non-profit organization that owns and manages the FSC Certified Usal Forest on the Lost Coast of northern California, is now producing high-carbon, low-ash biochar from surplus tan oak culled during forest restoration activities.  Production started on June 1, and this high-quality soil amendment is being marketed under the name North Coast Biochar.

Sold in 1 or 1.5 cubic yard totes, this product is made using a Biochar Solutions pyrolysis unit that is specifically designed to make biochar at the middle heat range of 500 to 700 degrees C which is considered an ideal temperature range to maximize biochar’s adsorptive qualities.  By purchasing this product you will be helping to support three non-profit organizations (RFFI, Sonoma Biochar Initiative, & Sonoma Ecology Center) working to promote sustainable agriculture and forestry practices. For more information, call Raymond Baltar at 707 291-3240.

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Conservation Burn Training/Biochar Workshop Postponed to March 31st

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Due to the amazing series of wet storms we have been experiencing we are postponing the upcoming Conservation Burn workshop scheduled to Friday March 31st, same time and place. Please mark it in your calendar.

Since burn season doesn’t end until May 1 you will still have plenty of time to burn your own piles after the workshop.

You can sign up here:  http://biochar2016.bpt.me

If you have additional questions please contact me directly at 707 291-3240.  We look forward to seeing you at this workshop and training in February.

Raymond Baltar
Sonoma Ecology Center–Sonoma Biochar Initiative

SEE US AT THE HEIRLOOM EXPO, Sept. 6, 7 and 8!!!

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SBI and Sonoma Ecology Center will be having a large double booth presence at the upcoming Heirloom Expo at the Santa Rosa Fairgrounds next Tuesday through Thursday.  We will be giving educational workshops on making biochar and how it can be used in agriculture and industry, hands-on bokashi compost making, and you will learn about all of the amazing activities of Sonoma Ecology Center, including environmental research, education, and ecological restoration. This year we will have activities for kids of all ages, including lectures about bugs and other critters beneficial for your garden.

GO HERE for more information about the Heirloom Expo.

Biochar Demonstration at Shanti Permaculture Farm

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Shanti Permaculture Farm is hosting a Biochar Demonstration on Saturday, April 30 at 10:00 AM until 4 PM at 16715 Coleman Valley Road. Admission is $2 for adults, free for kids or adults with an egg carton (which we reuse). Contact Elizabeth Medgyesy for more information: spirit_eliz@yahoo.com

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