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Introduction to Biochar

  •  9:00 am    Introduction to Biochar - Evolution and value of biochar: including history (ancient & local); primary benefits; production technologies (old & new; big & small; fast & slow; good & bad); applications overview
  • 10:45 am Morning Tea
  • 11:00 am Biochar Production & CCI: demonstration of simple, farm-scale production techniques; post-production processes (conditioning; charging; inoculating)
  • 12:00        Lunch  (while pyrolyses continues)
  • 12:30 pm Complete pyrolyses: discuss post-production processes, quality and application
  •   2:00 pm  Biochar application demonstration: apply biochar to establish a field trial at each workshop venue to monitor the effects of biochar on soil moisture and nutrient status in the future; we hope to provide follow up data for workshop attendees
  •   3:30 pm Strategies for horticulture: R&D ideas, produce? buy? production cooperative? cascading uses? application methods.
  •   3:30 pm Workshop wrapup: discussion and feedback.
  •   4:00 pm Close

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Earlier Event: March 5
Dr Paul Dettloff
Later Event: September 28
Tools for on-farm Assessment Hawkes Bay