Kathleen Draper, US CHARector at Ithaka Institute for Carbon Intelligence, has provided this link on the Biochar Farms & Gardens site to a study that should be of interest to the NZ dairy farming industry. This is further reinforcement of the … Continue reading
The NZ Society of Soil Science has advised that they would be interested in receiving participation from the biochar community in their next annual conference. Details here: http://www.nzsssconference.co.nz/ “The conference welcomes participants with all soil-related interests. If there are a sufficient number of … Continue reading
One of our group members has supplied the following report… “After consulting with a few international experts and a few knowledgeable local people, we took their cautions seriously and decided to start with a small “open burn” rather than a … Continue reading
Opinion: Where is agriculture’s place in a low-carbon economy? One important focus area for biochar in NZ is water quality butting up against intensive dairy. Maybe this could be addressed in the future with more research on riparian margin biochar … Continue reading
Dr Paul Taylor has visited NZ from Oz in the cause of biochar. Similar voices to his are currently missing from agriculture and environmental discourse in NZ. He has sensible things to say in this ABC radio interview. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-03-11/biochar-revolutionary/5313028 Paul … Continue reading
Last night, Prime TV aired the third episode of ‘Keeping it Pure’ which was focused on water… “Most of New Zealand’s monitored waterways are polluted, but how has this happened and is it possible to turn things around?” I think … Continue reading
Biochar is a veritable Swiss army knife for some of the planets problems. There are many tools being unfolded for agriculture enhancement and environmental repair. Energy tools abound, due to the diverse range of biochar production methods, and their residual … Continue reading
We have been getting inquiries for biochar – mainly from gardeners wanting to experiment. As interest grows, demand for larger quantities should follow for commercial application trials. If you are producing biochar in NZ and you are able to share some of your production with gardeners or researchers, then please get in touch.
As the market for biochar matures, we should develop some principles and guidelines for sustainable and safe biochar production, post-treatment and application. The easiest path for now may be to follow IBI, European or other international production / testing guidelines.
We are developing a list of NZ biochar producers who may be able to provide biochar or biochar based products from direct inquires. The producers page will provide contact details and product information.
An opportunity here for to get biochar understanding into an expert panel. This Waikato river quality program should be well funded and should include support for biochar nutrient management research. My June posts are probably connected with this new initiative… … Continue reading