About Biochar

About Biochar—What is it and why should you care!

Here are a few resources to check out about biochar.  We are in the process of compiling a database of as many resources in California as we can find, and we will be adding to this list in the coming months.  If you manufacture technology for making biochar, sell biochar, apply biochar, consult on biochar-related topics, are currently involved in biochar field trials or research, or want to submit articles or white papers about biochar-related activities IN California, please contact us.

The Biochar Journal

Biochar FAQ, David Yarrow

A Farmer’s Guide to Biochar, Jerome Chambless

How Biochar Works in Soil, Kelpie Wilson

UB#1 Understanding Biochar What happens when biomass is heated (pyrolyzed), Hugh McLaughlin

UB#2 – Measuring Biochar Properties – focus on Ash Levels and Value

UB#3 – What the various components of Biochar do in the soil

UB#4 – Guidance on the application of Biochar to growing systems

UB#5 – Methods for integrating Biochar in existing growing systems

UB#6 – Biochar and Activated Carbon

UB#7 – How does Biochar sequester Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide

55-Uses-of-Biochar, Hans Peter-Schmidt

Co-composted Biochar—Nitrate-Capture, Kammann, et al

Co-composted Biochar—Organic Coating, Hagemann, et al

FFO Biochar Pollution Remediation Project  USFS Grant Final Report 02_06-14


Here is a great Listserv with lots of great information on biochar:



Here is a great new study conducted by Kelpie Wilson and the Umpqua Biochar Education Team.  Check it out!  These techniques can be used on any farm, anywhere. RB

New Guidelines for On-Farm Biochar Production Using Simple To Make and Use Flame Cap Kilns

Deliverables from the NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant: On-Farm Production and Use of Biochar for Composting with Manure

This grant was awarded to South Umpqua Rural Community Partnership (SURCP) in 2015. The grant was carried out by Wilson Biochar Associates and the Umpqua Biochar Education Team (a committee of SURCP) in conjunction with farmers and other volunteers. http://www.pharmacy-reviews.org/

During the course of this three year project, we manufactured more than 30 kilns and made about 75 cubic yards of biochar that got used in cattle barns, goat barns, rabbit hutches, chicken coops, horse stables, alpaca barns, worm bins and outhouses. We did many pot trials and several field trials with the resulting biochar composts. We found that most of the participating farmers could produce biochar at a labor cost of about $100/cubic yard.

We produced a final technical report and a series of Practice Guidelines to help others implement their own projects. The report and the Biochar Practice Guidelines are free  to share with attribution. Please distribute widely. Updates to the Biochar Practice Guidelines will be available at UBETBiochar.blogspot.com and WilsonBiochar.com.

Here is the section Kelpie Wilson most wants to share: