Shalom Namaste and Greetings,
Here is another update on the latest happenings for the permaculture build out and Gritman Garden loving. The focus of this post is to share an ongoing project making and using “bio-char.” It is very exciting to be working on this and using this rich organic matter to provide the energy that will help support the new life that is growing all over the land. There is an update coming soon on the mushroom progress- as beds are being prepared for the logs (in between the rainy days) and I hope to have an update to show the new trees, vegetables and herbs that are enjoying their new home. Several trees with their companions are already in as well as new beds with a variety of new plants (okra, squash, cucumber, herbs, and more)- but there is still more work to finish on that end.
The Bio-char that is being made will definitely benefit all of the plants growing around the land- Meg’s Magical Garden (where many beautiful macerations come from)- the new forest of trees being planted and of course the new sustainable beds. Here is some great info from the International Biochar Initiative
Biochar Is a Valuable Soil Amendment
This 2,000 year-old practice converts agricultural waste into a soil enhancer that can hold carbon, boost food security, and increase soil biodiversity, and discourage deforestation. The process creates a fine-grained, highly porous charcoal that helps soils retain nutrients and water.
Biochar is found in soils around the world as a result of vegetation fires and historic soil management practices. Intensive study of biochar-rich dark earths in the Amazon (terra preta), has led to a wider appreciation of biochar’s unique properties as a soil enhancer.
Biochar can be an important tool to increase food security and cropland diversity in areas with severely depleted soils, scarce organic resources, and inadequate water and chemical fertilizer supplies.
Biochar also improves water quality and quantity by increasing soil retention of nutrients and agrochemicals for plant and crop utilization. More nutrients stay in the soil instead of leaching into groundwater and causing pollution.
Biochar is a Powerfully Simple Tool to Combat Climate Change
The carbon in biochar resists degradation and can hold carbon in soils for hundreds to thousands of years. Biochar is produced through pyrolysis or gasification — processes that heat biomass in the absence (or under reduction) of oxygen.
In addition to creating a soil enhancer, sustainable biochar practices can produce oil and gas byproducts that can be used as fuel, providing clean, renewable energy. When the biochar is buried in the ground as a soil enhancer, the system can become “carbon negative.”
Biochar and bioenergy co-production can help combat global climate change by displacing fossil fuel use and by sequestering carbon in stable soil carbon pools. It may also reduce emissions of nitrous oxide.
We can use this simple, yet powerful, technology to reduce carbon emissions. Learn more at http://www.biochar-international.org/biochar/carbon
And now what you have been waiting for….pics of the process =D
Thank you to all that were a part of this awesome and exciting process! Especially, Lou, Taylor, Brody and Priscila. Although this is just the beginning, we are off to a wonderful start. As the rain dissipates we have plenty of wood around the land to carbon sequester and continue adding beautiful layers to the improving rhizosphere. Thank you to the Gritman family and friends for your continued support and interest- I look forward to the next update in the not too distant future=)