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Biochar and soil health workshop

  • Sacred Earth Horebeech Lane Heathfield, England, TN21 9HJ United Kingdom (map)

Learn how to make biochar – a special kind of eco-friendly charcoal that can be added to soil to boost its fertility and lock in dangerous carbon emissions – in this hands-on workshop.

What’s involved?

All participants will spend the day making a batch of biochar. Led by our founder, Phil Greenwood, they will fill and run the Sacred Earth kiln with some of the wood off-cuts left over from coppicing and pollarding our biodynamic woodland.

During this activity, Phil will talk about:

  • The history of biochar and how it was first used to enhance soil fertility in the jungles of the Amazon thousands of years ago

  • The principles of soil health

  • The special kind of kiln needed to make biochar

  • How to set up and run the kiln, with detailed information on temperature and timings

  • How to source the natural wood off-cuts and biomass needed to make biochar

  • How to recognise high quality biochar

  • What biochar does for the soil – and for the environment, in terms of reducing greenhouse gas emissions

  • What he adds to the biochar to create the most potent soil food possible

Practical Information

Workshop runs from 10am – 3pm. Please bring something for a shared lunch.

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