Book Talk: Biochar for Soil Fertility and Eco-Resilience

When & Where
PLACE for Sustainable Living
1121 64th Street
Oakland, CA 94608
November 3, 2013 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm


Come learn about the multiple benefits of Biochar for home-scale gardeners and commercial and small-scale land use. Biochar, is a 2,000 year-old practice that converts agricultural waste into a soil enhancer that can hold carbon, boost food security and mitigate climate change. The process creates a fine-grained, highly porous charcoal that helps soils retain nutrients and water.

Biochar is found in soils around the world as a result of vegetation fires and native soil management practices. In this presentation Paul Taylor, author of The Biochar Revolution will discuss the specific benefits of using biochar in agriculture as well as potential global benefits through more widespread use. We’ll learn how to build simple devices for making biochar at home and we’ll see one of these devices in action. We’ll also learn how to blend and apply biochar to enhance soil fertiility in the garden as well as how it can be used in vermiponics, aquaponics and hydroponics.

Copies of the book, The Biochar Revolution will be available for purchase as well as small Biochar ovens. Presented by the Institute of Urban Homesteading in Collaboration with PLACE. Pre-registration highly suggested, walk-ins accepted.

Cost:    $5-$75 sliding scale, $40 suggested