Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Biochar Along Takilma Rd Today

Here's a link to today's biochar pictures https://photos.app.goo.gl/HdGxc8wZISh5MX8C2 We had a crew 6 of working at Art & Jude's. Jeff, Kristin and Monty worked along Takilma rd and made 3 batches - a bit less than 3 cubic yards of biochar. Art, Jude and Chas took the tractor kilns over to the back pasture and made another 2 cubic yards. Wood was a bit wet and smokier than we would have liked, but still not too bad. We will be back by Takilma Rd just north of the Page Creek turn off tomorrow if people want to come by and see what we are doing. Next week will burn several days at other nearby properties, making biochar for the landowners.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Conservation Innovation Grant Progress Report

On November 9, Don Morrison and I travelled to Salem, Oregon to present our work on the Conservation Innovation Grant to NRCS officials. Here is a link to the presentation: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1PQdMr8jSeTKa6k2LgVqfjSmGXmc6jDwC/view?usp=sharing

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

A Big Win at Drew Biochar

One of the big winners from our Drew Biochar Project is forest soil organisms of the present and future. The standard alternative to our approach of burning forest slash material in kilns is to pile and burn it in place. Hundreds of small burn scars can really have an impact on forest soils and their inhabitants. The picture below tells the story: From: Slash from the past: Rehabilitating pile burn scars. Science You Can Use Bulletin, Issue 15. Fort Collins, CO: Rocky Mountain Research Station.

Gregory's Video of Drew Biochar Project

Monday, October 23, 2017

Biochar Expo Oct 28

Our annual Biochar Expo will be October 28 at 10 am at the Westside Community Garden. This is behind the First United Methodist Church on Harvard St. The Expo will be concurrent with the Umpqua Valley Farmer’s Market in the church parking lot. I would recommend accessing the Expo near Fremont Junior High, 850 W Keady Ct. to unload equipment. There will be signs! There is also plenty of parking off Keady Ct.

There is a little dry cordwood and wood chips there. If you have some dry feedstock please bring it.

Being in the city limits we have to keep it small. I will bring a 30 gal TLUD and the Weber barbecue. A small Oregon kiln would be appropriate if someone has one. There is water available.

We will leave the char we make at the garden for the gardeners to use. This will be the start of a long term (600 years?) soils demonstration.

There are lunch opportunities at the Farmer’s Market.

I have notified Master Gardeners of Lane and Douglas Counties. Also with the recent publicity this could be well attended. The weather looks good.

Monday, October 9, 2017

All Systems Go for Drew Biochar Project

If you have been thinking about coming up to help out with the biochar project outside of Drew, Oregon, we want you to know that we are still on for October 16. Some of us will arrive at the site on Sunday, October 15. We will camp out there that night so we are ready to start lighting piles and loading kilns in the morning.

We welcome your help, but ask you to please register here: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3446841/Smoke-Into-Biochar

See the post below for details on how to get to the site. If you camp on the site, you need to be completely self-sufficient and bring your own food, water, and camping gear. The site is pretty rough with no developed camp sites.

We are looking forward to a productive couple of days, making as much biochar as we can from the material on the site. We will be tracking labor inputs and biochar outputs so we can better understand the economics of this work.