Biochar Workshop: DBL

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm


Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (Note return to our regular time)

 House + Earth, 1214 West 6th Street, Austin, Texas, Suite 120, 78703 (map) (Note slightly different address. H+E has moved to the eastern side of the retail center. Turn right one driveway sooner than previously – At the big Julian Gold sign.)

Guest presenters: Patrick Van Haren of Microbial Earth and Jeff Wallin of The Biochar Company


Interest in Biochar is growing rapidly because of its unique ability to sequester carbon while improving plant/tree performance.  Biochar holds the promise of being able to:

  • increase the ability of soil to hold more nutrients, making plants stronger, healthier and more nutritious.

  • contribute baseload renewable electricity to complement peak solar and wind production;

  • reduce methane and nitrogen emissions from intensive livestock operations, landfills, and composting operations;

  • improve the holding of nutrients (increased fertilizer value) and water in the soil, meaning less run-off and erosion.

  • remain in the soil for up to 1,000 years as a fixed carbon source.

  • bind toxic elements in the soil, making our food and trees less toxic.

While Biochar holds much promise, it is controversial due to fears that its use will cause deforestation, and fears that the same facilities may be used for the combustion of garbage to energy – a step backwards in the Zero-Waste hierarchy of a cleaner planet.

This presentation will explore the origins of biochar and its mechanics in the soil.  The presenters will also provide context for how biochar’s benefits can be attained while respecting policy constraints that prevent our ecology from slipping backwards.

Our local guest presenter, Patrick Van Haren, started Microbial Earth in 2008 with a mission to improve the soils of central Texas through the use of microbes. Jeff Wallin, one of the foremost biochar entrepreneurs in the country is a co-founder of The Biochar Company and the senior partner of HMI Biochar in Kauai, Hawaii.

DBL is a volunteer-run educational organization providing valuable information, and optional donations at the door are always appreciated.  No RSVP required. For more details, email us via “Contact Us” or call Scott Clay at 512-689-1149.


Posted by Permie Taelor on Tue, 06/18/2013 - 10:00pm

Event Location

House and Earth
1214 West 6th Street
Austin, TX 78703
United States

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