Dirt Rich, a movie with a large focus on biochar, is now available for viewing FREE for one week! As much of the world is spending time indoors while “flattening the curve”, here is a movie to watch for those with the luxury to do so. (David Morell of Sonoma Ecology Center and Josiah Hunt of Pacific Biochar Benefit Corporation are part of this documentary style movie).
“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.
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 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.
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
You can now register for the inaugural session of The Biochar School that is taking place Nov. 7 – 11 at Swallow Valley Farm in Valley Ford/Sonoma County, California. For more information and to sign up at the special Early Bird rates, go here: The Biochar School.
If you’re interested in the current state of biochar research and state-of-the-art production technology, the place to be October 13th through 16th is Amherst, Massachusetts where biochar scientists, academics, technologists and entrepreneurs from around the world will gather and exchange ideas. The Symposium website is: http://symposium2013.pvbiochar.org/. Check it out!
Cool Planet Energy Systems, a promising venture that seeks to make advanced biofuels and biochar from “waste” and sustainably produced biomass has secured $29.9 million in additional funding. Their distributed production model takes the production technology to the source of the biomass rather than bringing the biomass to a centralized facility.
Just a quick reminder that we are hosting a community meeting tonight at the Sonoma Grange, from 6:30 to 8:30 P.M., featuring Judith Harwood of the Mendocino Woody Biomass Working Group and Jason Aramburu of re:char. You can register online here: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=mausxnlab&oeidk=a07e7iq4sa59e54b840&oseq= or just come to the meeting. We are asking for donations at the door to help us offset costs: $15 general, $10 SBI members, and $5 students and seniors.
Bring your ideas and questions about biochar!
Sonoma Valley Grange
18627 Sonoma Highway
Boyes Hot Springs, CA 95416