PASA Field Day - Biochar: Charcoal Production for Power & Fertility
Jun 28, 2014
from 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM
|Where||Brookville, PA / Jefferson County|
|Contact Name||Susan Beal|
Quiet Creek Herb Farm
93 Quiet Creek Lane
Brookville, PA 15825
Charcoal is an amazing product that allowed humans to move from the Stone Age to modern industrial society. As a highly refined fuel, charcoal can be a versatile and valuable resource for the farm. It has been used for cooking, heating metals and powering engines - and as a natural insecticide. More recently, charcoal has been rediscovered as a soil amendment with many long lasting benefits.
When charcoal is added to soil it is called biochar. The benefits of biochar include an increase in water retention, soil tilth, nutrient retention and microbial growth. This biochar also decreases methane emission and leaching of nutrients while removing carbon dioxide from the air.
This workshop will focus on easy methods of making charcoal on the farm using small steel drums. The demonstration will include a discussion on biochar and its benefits as well as how to prepare and use biochar on your farm. There will also be a demonstration on how to use charcoal to replace gasoline in powering equipment.
The workshop will be taught by Gary Gilmore, a Forester for the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. He is passionate about the possibilities of charcoal and bio-char for a more productive, local, and thriving permaculture. Wood from his tree farm is used for producing charcoal that he uses for power, heat and as a soil amendment.
Check out Gary and his charcoal powered VW in action!About the Farm & Presenters:
Gary Gilmore, Forester with the DCNR Bureau of Forestry, is a tree farmer, forester, gardener, blacksmith, inventor, do-it-yourselfer and a timber frame builder. He will draw upon his experiences to share insights and knowlege gained through practical application.
Claire and Rusty Orner are stewards of Quiet Creek Herb Farm & School of Country Living, a 30-acre farm where they raise vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers. They have an on-site gift shop that sells fresh and dried herbs, herbal teas, vinegars, essential oils, wreaths, soaps, herbal salves, tinctures, mushroom logs, books and more - all made on the farm.