Permaculture, Biochar and Soil

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Permaculture, Biochar and Soil
Sonoma Garden Park
19996 7th St E, Sonoma, CA 95476
Wednesday Sept. 18th
4 P.M.. to 6 P.M.

Join us for an amazing educational event to learn more about permaculture techniques and how biochar and compost blends fit into commercial and/or backyard garden soil management and carbon sequestration strategies.

Two amazing teachers, Matt Powers (The Permaculture Student) and Cuauhtemoc Villa (Bokashi and biochar inoculation master) will get you up to speed on permaculture techniques and how best to prepare and use biochar to improve soil and make it more productive. SBI‘s Raymond Baltar will give a brief overview of how you can make biochar yourself and where you can acquire it, in small garden or truckload quantities. We have also invited Khadija Khansiafrom the Local Carbon Network, a biochar outreach and marketing initiative by All Power Labs in Berkeley, to discuss development of local, distributed networks for biochar and biomass energy production.  

The Workshop Fee is $20 General Admission, and $10 for students with a current Student ID.  Please register here, and spread the word to your networks if you think there may be interest.

Ice on Fire Screening in Sonoma Aug. 26th!

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“Ice on Fire” Screening in Sonoma August 26th

Sonoma Ecology Center, Redwood Forest Foundation Present ‘Ice on Fire’ at Sebastiani Theatre. 

An HBO documentary on climate change SOLUTIONS produced and narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio in partnership with Tree Media Group has sparked interest and conversation since its debut at Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. Now the film – and the conversation – is coming to Sonoma as Sonoma Ecology Center and the Redwood Forest Foundation, Inc. (RFFI) proudly present “Ice on Fire” at the Sebastiani Theatre on Aug. 26.

“Ice on Fire” was accepted into the Cannes Film Festival in May, and premiered on HBO in June. Its arrival to the Sebastiani Theatre is its first Bay Area screening. This special event on Monday, Aug. 26 begins with wine donated and poured by Benziger Family Winery, plus light refreshments, in the Sebastiani Theatre foyer at 6 p.m. The film starts at 7 p.m., followed by a brief panel discussion moderated by Baltar and featuring “Ice on Fire” director Leila Conners, RFFI Chief Forester and Usal Forest manager Linwood Gill, and others to be announced. Sebastiani Theatre is located on Sonoma Plaza at 476 First Street East, Sonoma.

Tickets are available for $20 at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4311308.  All students with valid student body card are Free!

All proceeds from the event will help support Sonoma Biochar Initiative and RFFI. For more on the film go to www.hbo.com/documentaries/ice- on-fire. For more on Sonoma Biochar Initiative and RFFI go to sonomabiocharinitiative.org and www.rffi.org.

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.

Upcoming Biochar Workshop

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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

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

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