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
This recent TED-talk by Rob Lerner has been receiving accolades from the biochar community… http://sea-biochar.blogspot.com/2013/10/biochar-putting-carbon-genie-back-in.html … Continue reading
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
I’m not too sure about the title that the Nelson Mail came up with, but its great to see this article in the media. Lets hope its the start of many more. Thanks Don. “In the first of a two-part … Continue reading
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
Brian Cartwright on the “biochar multiplier factor”. http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/biochar-policy/message/4748 … Continue reading