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