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I am a writer and a mechanical engineer and the principal consultant at Wilson Biochar Associates. I have worked in the biochar field since 2007 as a project developer and writer for the International Biochar Initiative (from 2008-2012) and as an independent consultant.

I wrote a regular column as the environmental editor at from 2004-2008, and I do freelance writing assignments for consumer and industry magazines and online publications.

I have worked in the solar PV industry and for a startup doing R&D on Stirling cycle engines. I have also been a tree hugger, an auto mechanic and a science fiction author.

I have been living off-grid in the Oregon woods for 23 years, getting almost all of my power from solar PV and small hydro. My favorite activity is making biochar at home and using it in the garden.