Learn to Make Your Own Biochar! A Demonstration Workshop

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Learn to Make Your Own Biochar! A Demonstration Workshop
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 10:00am - 3:00pm
Josiah Hunt
Other Kalani - see description

About the Workshop

LOCATION: Field of Dreams.

First, a fire is started in the bottom of a pit, then dry wood is then added as fast as the fire will allow – you must always push the fire near to the point of smothering it, yet without actually smothering it.  It is important to always keep a clean burning fire – no smoke.  If it becomes a bit smoky, back off, let the fire catch up.  If it is raging, add more wood to choke it out a bit.  In this way you
are constantly covering the char that has been made with fresh layers of wood, which become char, which are soon covered with fresh layers of wood, which become char, and so on. When you near the top of the pit or the end of your wood supply, you finish with small diameter wood.  This chars quickly.  Let the flames die down a bit, then voila – a large bed of red hot glowing coals.  By this point, if you have done it right, the 
entire pit has turned to char.  You can either hos
e it down immediately, or cover it with soil to snuff it out, then uncover it a few days later and hose it down.  

This biochar burn demonstration is sponsored by Kalani.  All that is needed for entry is a $12 dollar fee, which also gets you a meal ticket to their local-centric lunch buffet.  Start time is at 10:00am, the fire will be done by 3pm, conversations will carry on for hours.  Lodging is available.  

Call 808 965-7828 for more details.

About Josiah Hunt

After graduating from University of Hawaii at Hilo in 2004 with a BS in Agroecology and Environmental Quality, Josiah Hunt began a landscape/farmscape business by the name of Landscape Ecology.  Then in 2008, his work with biochar began, first as Landscape Ecology then, in 2011 under the new title of Hawaii Biochar Products LLC. Although mostly providing services to other farms he has conducted a successful commercial scale organic papaya trial and tended his own family farm as well.  Since 2008 biochar has been the primary focus of his career.