Conservation Burn Workshop and Training with Peter Hirst
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The North Coast Chapter of Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) and the Sonoma Biochar Initiative will present a special workshop and training on the conservation burn technique on February 14, 8am-12pm.
Even in California, the national leader in most environmental matters, open burning of woody debris is still a common practice in agricultural and forestry practice. Although this form of material disposal is still necessary, the emissions, including visible smoke and especially the return of carbon to the atmosphere as CO2, are not. By replacing conventional open burn methods with the conservation burn you can radically reduce emissions (visible smoke and invisible chemicals and particles), clean up the air in your community and conserve resources, especially carbon.
Biochar, a valuable soil amendment, can be produced in the process.
Who should attend:
* Land managers
* Forestry contractors
The hands-on workshop will include:
* Overview and Biochar basics
* Chemistry, physics and mechanics of the open burn
* Ethics and safety of the open burn
* Small demonstration burn, analysis and questions
* Build, burn and quench workshop piles
Participants should come ready to do some physical labor to help construct hand piles, ignite and burn piles, and help with fire safety. Please bring work gloves, eye cover, and boots to the workshop, if you wish to participate in constructing the burn piles.
Workshop speaker Peter Hirst has been an energy and natural resources professional for over 30 years, most recently as owner of New England Biochar, LLC at NEB partner Bob Wells' Redberry Farm on Cape Cod. Peter has consulted and presented in lecture form and hands-on demonstrations of biochar production, testing and application all over the country, and has trained growers, vintners and California State Parks forestry personnel in producing biochar from clean open burn methods. He is a board member of the Sonoma Biochar Initiative, founding President and Director of the Northeast Biochar Association, Inc, a plenary presenter for the highly successful US Biochar Initiative 2012 National Conference, and a principal presenter for the 2013 North American Biochar Symposium. Peter is a co-author of The Biochar Revolution, providing chapters on community development and farm-scale biochar production, and is working on a new book, Biochar from the Ground Up. He has recently moved to Valley Ford, where he is opening the West Coast location of New England Biochar, and managing operations at Swallow Valley Farm, location of the Sonoma County Biochar project. More on Peter Hirst: New England Biochar, LLC
For further information about the event organizers, please click the links below:
Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF)
Sonoma Biochar Initiative
Shone Farm (View)
7450 Steve Olson Lane
Forestville, CA 95436