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The Biochar School - Inaugural Session
Swallow Valley Farm
Valley Ford, CA
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Biochar School  Appropriate Technology for Small Farms

November 7-11, Swallow Valley Farm, Valley Ford, CA.

You may register for all 5 days for just $500, or register for Saturday, Sunday and Monday separately for $175 each day, and Friday and Tuesday 1/2 day sessions for $95 each. Breakfast and lunch are included in the price, and Friday evening's dinner is included as well.  Catered dinners on Saturday, Sunday and Monday evening are available for $18 per day and must be purchased separately. Specific Information about classes may be found below and at:  Green Your Head.

Who should attend? Small farmers; home, community, commercial gardeners;  and anyone interested in soils, plants and small scale biomass energy. You may sign up for the whole school (3 full and two half days) or just sign up for the days you are most interested in. You will, however, save a bundle if you sign up for the early bird full tuition.

What you will learn from our faculty of 12 prominent biochar experts:
No-cost and low-cost ways to make plenty of biochar for your farm
Biochar application rates and methods for best results
How to make biologically active, nutrient balanced biochar fertilizer blends
How to analyze biochar characteristics
How to integrate biochar economically and ecologically into your farm production systems
How to design biochar devices that capture useful energy

Exciting Demonstrations and Lectures:
Hear Toby Hemenway talk about biochar and permaculture pattern literacy
Experience the amazing Adam Retort with Peter Hirst
See the latest biochar stove designs from Dr. TLUD
Learn about biochar from experts Gloria Flora, Kelpie Wilson and Josiah Hunt, among others
Visit Bloomfield Organics to see how biochar is used on the farm

Biochar School Schedule Details

Friday, Nov 7  Biochar in Context
1:00  Biochar 101: Introduction to biochar
2:00  4:00  Biochar kiln demonstration
4:00  Toby Hemenway: A Permacultural Approach to Biochar, Carbon, and Soil
5:00  Gloria Flora: Biochar and Sustainability
6:00  Social Hour
7:00  Dinner  Kelpie Wilson: Biochar Standards and the Industry
8:00 - 9:00  Evening campfire

Saturday, Nov 8  Introduction to Biochar
7:30 - Breakfast
8:00 - Biochar 101: Introduction to biochar
9:00  Noon
Terra Preta Sanitation
Build and fire a Hawaiian pit kiln
Conservation burn techniques  turn brush to biochar
Make a biochar stove or Jolly Roger Oven
Noon - Lunch
1:00 - 5:00
Feedstock management
Biochar and permaculture
Biochar characterization
Open fire kilns and new devices
5:00  Pyrolysis 101: Introduction to pyrolysis science and technology
6:00  Social Hour
7:00 - Dinner
8:00 - 9:00  Evening campfire

Sunday, Nov 9  Advanced Topics in Biochar I
7:30 - Breakfast
8:00  Biochar 201: Biochar compost science and methods
9:00  Noon
Terra Preta Sanitation
Conservation burn techniques  turn brush to biochar
Open fire kilns and new devices
Make a biochar stove or Jolly Roger Oven
Biochar fertilizer formulations
Noon - Lunch
1:00  5:00
Nutrient capture and bio-filtration on the farm
Biochar characterization
Biochar and permaculture
Feedstock management
5:00  Pyrolysis 201: Pyrolysis Economics for Farm Scale
6:00 - 9:00  Char B Que Dinner

Monday, Nov 10  Advanced Topics in Biochar II
7:30 - Breakfast
8:00  Biochar 201: Biochar application rates and application methods
9:00 - Noon
Terra Preta Sanitation
How to operate the Adam Retort
Make a biochar stove or Jolly Roger Oven
Nutrient capture and bio-filtration on the farm
Noon - Lunch
1:00  5:00
Field trip to local farm
Biochar and permaculture
Biochar fertilizer formulations
Open fire kilns and new devices
5:00  Pyrolysis 201: Design for Heat Transfer
6:00  Social hour
7:00  Dinner
8:00 - 9:00 Evening Campfire      

Tuesday, Nov 11  Future of Farm Scale Biochar and Biochar Education
7:30 - Breakfast
8:00  10:00 Panel Discussion: Future of Farm Scale Biochar
10:00  Noon  Discussion: Where do we go from here?
Noon - Lunch

Lecture Descriptions
Biochar 101  the basics about biochar and how it works in soil (Gloria Flora)
Pyrolysis 101  the basics about the chemistry and physics of the biochar-making process and how different devices work (Peter Hirst)
Biochar 201 (part 1) --  Biochar Compost Science & Methods (Josiah Hunt, Pacific Biochar & Kelpie Wilson, Wilson Biochar Associates)
Biochar 201 (part 2)  Biochar Application Rates & Application Methods (Phil Small, Land Profile & John Miedema, BioLogical Carbon)
Pyrolysis 201 (part 1) -- Design for Heat Transfer (Peter Hirst, New England Biochar & John Miedema, BioLogical Carbon)
Pyrolysis 201 (part 2)  Pyrolysis Economics for Farm Scale (Josiah Hunt, Pacific Biochar & John Miedema, BioLogical Carbon)

Lab Descriptions
Open Fire Kilns  how to make and operate pit kilns, cone kilns, top lit open burns and new devices (Michael Wittman, Blue Sky Biochar & Paul Anderson, Dr. TLUD)
Make a Jolly Roger Oven  make this 55 gallon gasifier to take home. $100 materials fee (Art Donnelly, SeaChar)
Make a Biochar Stove  make a very simple, easy tin can stove that you can really cook on that makes biochar from wood pellets (Paul Anderson, Dr. TLUD & Kelpie Wilson, Wilson Biochar Associates).
Feedstock Management  learn how to process, handle and store different feedstocks (Matt Banchero, "the tree-hugging tree cutter")
Adam Retort  learn how to operate the Adam Retort (Peter Hirst, New England Biochar)
Biochar Characterization  learn how to tell different biochars apart and what they are good for (Phil Small, Land Profile)
Biochar Fertilizer Formulations  learn how to make biologically active, nutrient charged biochar with compost and other ingredients (Josiah Hunt, Pacific Biochar & Simran Rafael, Regenerative Earth)
Nutrient Capture and Bio-Filtration on the Farm  make a biochar/sand filter; learn about the biochemistry of filtration and use of biochar in swales (John Miedema, BioLogical Carbon).
Biochar and Permaculture  learn how biochar works in permaculture systems (Gloria Flora, USBI)
Terra Preta Sanitation  learn how to close the loop with biochar and use biochar to manage human waste (Kelpie Wilson, Wilson Biochar Associates)

Get more information, including local lodging and camping options at: GreenYourHead.Com.

Please register below.  NOTE:  When you get to checkout you can use VISA, MASTERCARD, AMERICAN EXPRESS, DISCOVER, OR your PayPal account. After choosing your registration options below you will hit the "Add to Cart" button that will take you to a page where you may review your order. You then hit the "Check Out Now" button that takes you to the Attendee Details page where you fill out some contact information. The only option to continue here is the "Pay via Paypal" button, but please be assured you DO NOT need a PayPal account to register--however you will be asked twice during checkout if you want to create a PayPal account. If you do not want to create one, simply look for the option to continue without doing so and to pay with any of the four major credit cards.

If you would prefer to mail a check please contact me directly for instructions:  Raymond Baltar (707) 291-3240 / raymond.baltar@gmail.com. Checks must reach us by October 15th! If that is not possible please use a credit card.
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Swallow Valley Farm (View)
1100 Valley Ford/Freestone Rd.
Valley Ford, CA 94972
United States


Education > Business
Education > Workshops
Other > Green

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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