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.
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.
Announcing three fantastic composting workshops at the Sonoma Garden Park featuring Cuauhtemoc Villa:
– Saturday, August 6th, 10am-12pm: Composting with Bokashi
– Saturday, August 13th, 10am–12pm: Making Compost Tea
– Saturday, August 20th, 10am-12pm: Reducing Waste: Indigenous Permaculture Practices
There is a nominal $10 fee per workshop that helps support activities of the Sonoma Ecology Center.
The Aug. 20th workshop will also feature Raymond Baltar discussing how biochar should be integrated into all composting processes.
In collaboration with Weber Family Farms in Petaluma, The Sonoma Biochar Initiative and Sonoma Ecology Center are now offering buckets of biochar-enhanced chicken manure pellets as thank-you gifts for donations during a special fundraising campaign. The chicken manure is an OMRI-listed organic manure that is high in nitrogen and blended with biochar made from locally-sourced woody biomass.
This fantastic soil amendment has been pelletized for easy application and can be used anywhere in your garden. Two sizes are available: 5-gallon and 2-gallon buckets. We are asking for a suggested donation of $30 for the 5-gallon size, and $20 for the 2-gallon size. This special blend is available for pickup on Saturday mornings at the Sonoma Garden Park Fam Market, from 9 A.M. to 12:30 P.M., 19996 7th St E, Sonoma, CA 95476, or by special arrangement at Sonoma Ecology Center offices in the Sonoma Developmental Center.
We want to thank Mike Weber of Weber Family Farms for his generous donation of goods and services in support of this fundraiser.
For more information call Raymond Baltar at: 707 291-3240