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General / UC Davis Biochar Database online
« on: September 19, 2015, 10:18:47 PM »
UC Davis has a biochar database. Maybe you can help populate it:

Farmers Poised to Offset One-Quarter of Global Fossil Fuel Emissions Annually

Summary of good report by WorldWatch Institute:

Field Trials / Interesting UK Field Trial Report
« on: March 02, 2014, 02:28:37 PM »

Nice photos and summaries of Super Vegetable Garden (SVG) projects (see attached .pdf)

Schenkel and Shenxue revisited
- implications on char production and biochar properties -

Version 1 (June 2010) issued at the
Biochar2010 Conference, Ames, Iowa – June 2010
Hugh McLaughlin, PhD, PE(1) and Frank E. Shields(2)

My friend Doug Beitler has been put to task to grow produce in high salted dessert of Dubai. Using microbes and biochar, he has shown success in bioremediation of salted dessert:

CharBiological.. a brief introduction to BioChar & BioRemediation

Read about the Octaflame, and a mention of the biochar co-product, in this article:

Here is the website for Borgford Bioenergy, the company that makes and operates the OctaFlame:

I wanted to post this article written by an Antioch College student about biochar, and mentions my help in getting a simple double barrel retort setup for biochar production and research at the Antioch College Farm. Katie is also a new member of the PVBI forums:

I really great and informative presentation of the working an engineered benefits of LuciaStove:

Part 1 of 6:
Part 1 of 6 - Lucia Stove Demonstration at Globe Forum HQ

This pdf report presents production equipment running the full gamut from >$million industrial scale, down to tin can TLUD stoves. A nice general reference:


August 6 – 10, 2012
New England Small Farm Institute, Belchertown, MA
with Hugh McLaughlin, PhD, PE, Dr. Paul Anderson, Josh Kearns and others.

Details on the event are posted here:

TEDxDubbo - Tony Lovell - Soil Carbon: Putting Carbon Back Where It Belongs: In The Earth

Here's the original page:;Featured-Talks?utm_campaign=&

Tony Lovell will explain the reasoning behind how more green growing plants means more captured carbon dioxide -- more water -- more production -- more biodiversity -- more profit. Did you know that a 1% change in soil organic matter across just one-quarter of the World's land area could sequester 300 billion tonnes of physical CO2. TEDxDubbo focused attention on what we call FACETS -- Food, Agriculture, Climate, Energy, Topsoil and Sustainability. These FACETS are actually potent ideas shared by everyday people with an interest in these disciplines. In many of these topics there is an awareness campaign; the aim of bringing our community together united against catastrophic failures in our food-chain, environment and health. It is worth mentioning that we are also indebted to our natural systems for our economic wealth. Failures in Food, Agriculture, Climate, Energy, Topsoil and Sustainability are not just a local issue -- they are a global concern. In thespirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

Hello membership  : )

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Now to introduce myself, my name is Peter King. I'm a PVBI co-founder, and digital designer (,  from Easthampton, MA. Since learning of Terra Preta in 2008, I have been enthusiastically absorbing information about biochar, meeting regularly with PVBI in Belchertown, and tinkering with conversion of backyard branch debris to biochar with my near smokeless TLUD/pyrolysis retort/grill thingamajig. I have a life-long passion for creative problem solving, esp. applied to human ecology solutions using ecological science & engineering.

I believe the word economics and ecology share the root eco for a reason, and that in a closed system there cannot be infinite growth. Our economy is suffering because our consumption rate is beyond earths limits, and the debt we are accruing from overdrawing our ecological accounts is consuming our future. We will only secure our future by paying back our indebtedness, such as returning overdrawn carbon to the soil.

Other interests: Permaculture, Living Machines, appropriate technology, biomimicry design & engineering, bamboo construction, restoring U.S. hemp agriculture and industry (jobs!), interactive fractals.

Glad to meet you,  : )  !

Peter King


Abandoned mines -- about 31,000 of them -- linger like ghosts on the West's public lands. It's harder to find exact numbers for old mines on private land, but Colorado, for example, has about 14,000, compared to 3,299 public-land sites. In the San Juan Mountains, water from snowmelt and rainfall picks up mining remnants like arsenic, lead, cadmium and zinc from tailings piles, delivering them to the headwaters of the Animas River. This mineral runoff can harm fish, insects and other small river organisms. To help revegetate and stabilize the acidic, plant-hostile soils around mine sites, scientists are borrowing a technique from agricultural research: They apply biochar, a charcoal formed by heating plant and wood waste in the absence of oxygen, to the soil. The carbon-dense char, used to boost soil fertility on farms, helps plants get established in barren mine sites, reducing contaminated runoff.

Here is another article (from last year,) New England Biochar brought their Adam Retort to Shelbourne Farms in VT,  working with Marshall Webb, woodlands manager at Shelbourne Farms, and environmental studies students from UVM, who I believe are the grad students of John Todd, and presented their plan at the UMASS Bichar Symposium in 2009.

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