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.
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.
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.
The Sonoma Ecology Center, Pacific Biochar, and SymSoil present Passelande Pictures’ Dirt Rich, May 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.
SBI is offering a 1.5 hour Biochar Workshop this Saturday, April 21st, from 10:30 A.M. to 12 P.M, as part of the Earth Day activities at the Sonoma Garden Park. Learn about what biochar is, how you can make it yourself or where you can purchase it locally, how to use and apply it, and why we believe all gardeners should be using it. You can help actually DO something positive about climate change just by using biochar. Come learn how!
Go here to register. $20 per person
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.
According to a report by Zion Market Research, the global market was valued at approximately USD 260.0 million in 2014 and is expected to reach approximately USD 585.0 million by 2020, growing at a CAGR of around 14.5% between 2015 and 2020.
To learn more, go here.
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.
Sonoma Ecology Center–Sonoma Biochar Initiative
Due to unfavorable burn conditions the Biochar/Conservation Burn workshop scheduled for Dec. 9th has been postponed to January 13th. GO HERE for more information.
The Sonoma Biochar Initiative and the Sonoma Ecology Center are pleased to announce a Conservation Burn and Biochar Workshop at Circle Bar Ranch from 9 A.M. to 1 P.M. on Friday Dec. 9th. For more information, GO HERE.