Wednesday, October 31, 2012
SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTION AND USE OF BIOCHAR – Steps to save our planet
When: Saturday, November 10, 2012
Time: 10 am to noon
Where: Room C220 at FLCC (directions below)
Kathleen Draper will present an overview of the history and current research related to biochar. Biochar, also known as ‘terra preta’ is an ancient soil management technique, which safely stores carbon for hundreds and possibly thousands of years. Biochar is produced from local waste biomass such as fruit pits and wood chips.
Kathleen Draper recently completed a Masters in Sustainability at Marlboro College where her thesis focused on the creation of a small scale, replicable biochar model.
She has launched Finger Lakes Biochar http:/fingerlakesbiochar.com which is producing biochar from local waste biomass and is researching the potential of biochar’s use in vineyards as well as whether it can help reduce phosphorous and nitrogen leaching into ground water.