Biochar Workshop

Photo by Kelpie Wilson

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Please note: Biochar dates published in the 2020 catalog are incorrect.

Instructors: Ken Carloni, Ph.D. and Kelpie Wilson, M.S.
Dates: Saturday-Sunday, March 7-8, 2020
Location: SFI, Selma
Tuition: $140

Naturalist Certificate Credits: 16 hrs.



For land managers and property owners, permaculturists and organic gardeners. During this two-day workshop you will learn how charred biomass (biochar) made from non-merchantable woody residue left from logging and pruning can increase soil productivity, promote beneficial soil microbes, reduce wildfire risk, decrease emissions, and slow climate change. Mechanical engineer Kelpie Wilson and forest ecologist Ken Carloni will give an overview of the history and science of biochar production and use during classroom presentations. In the afternoons, we’ll explore small to large-scale biochar production theory and practice. On Day 2, we’ll apply that theory in a hands-on demonstration of loading, firing and quenching in a variety of kilns for producing biochar in the field.

Kiln-firing video by Kelpie Wilson

Pre-course letter with schedule and supply details.