NZSSS Conference opportunity

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

Biochar as feed supplement

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

Keeping it Pure

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 producers page

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.

WRC Technical Support Group RFP

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

Biochar and soil carbon sinks encourage ‘soil-first’ farming

Don Graves’ second article on biochar has just been published in the Nelson Mail… http://www.stuff.co.nz/nelson-mail/features/lifestyle/going-green/9271729/Biochar-and-soil-carbon-sinks-encourage-soil-first-farming This report was pushed to me via the google search engine so I guess that’s good news for biochar profiling in NZ. Here’s a link … Continue reading

Having Your Carbon & Eating it Too – October 13-16 at UMass Amherst

Erich Knight provides some great marketing for the upcoming USA biochar conference: “This article omits the concomitant benefits of biochars for soil Carbon sequestration, building soil biodiversity & nitrogen efficiency, in situ remediation of toxic agents, and how modern thermal … Continue reading