Deliverables from the NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant: On-Farm Production and Use of Biochar for Composting with Manure During the course of this three year project, we manufactured more than 30 kilns and made about 75 cubic yards of biochar that got used in cattle barns, goat barns, rabbit hutches, chicken coops, horse stables, alpaca barns, worm bins and outhouses. We found that most farmers could make biochar for a labor cost of about $100 a cubic yard. We did many pot trials and several field trials with the resulting biochar composts. We produced a final technical report and a series...
Waste to Wisdom: Subtask 4.7 Download W2W Biochar LCA Final Report Prepared by: Maureen Puettmann WoodLife Environmental Consultants CORRIM, Director of Operations; Kelpie Wilson Wilson Biochar Associates; Elaine Oneil, University of Washington, Research Scientist CORRIM, Director of Science and Sustainability Final Report December 2017 Updated March 2018
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has a program to support conservation practices, called the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). From the NRCS website: The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) presents a significant shift in how the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides conservation program payments. CSP participants will receive an annual land use payment for operation-level environmental benefits they produce. Under CSP, participants are paid for conservation performance: the higher the operational performance, the higher their payment. The CSP has been re-designed in recent years and is now more friendly to smaller landowners. However, there is still a high bar to...
Southern Rockies Fire Science Network has created a page of materials based on the work of UBET and Wilson Biochar Associates. It's great to have these all in one place, accessible to fire science professionals! Here is the link: http://www.southernrockiesfirescience.org/fuel-treatment-test/2017/6/21/hack-the-carbon-cycle-to-keep-smoke-out-of-the-atmosphere-with-biochar-burning-practices
WBA supplied biochar kilns and educational resources for the project. More info here: http://www.utahbiomassresources.org/biochar/biochar-research-utah/reducing-hazardous-fuels-using-low-cost-biochar-kilns-in-four-utah-counties And here is a video of the biochar demonstration we did for this project on May 17, 2017:
Biochar Wood Vinegar: An Alternative to Ag Chemicals Download 2016_Wilson-WV-TCIA. Kelpie Wilson. Tree Care Industry Magazine. June 2016. Learning to Burn and Make Biochar Not Smoke Download TCI_Mag_Feb2014_Burn_School Kelpie Wilson. Tree Care Industry Magazine. February 2014. Biochar for Arborists. Download Biochar_for_Arborists_Kelpie_Wilson Kelpie Wilson. Tree Care Industry Magazine. September 2012.
Wilson, Kelpie (2015). Biochar for Forest Restoration in the Western United States. Wilson Biochar Associates White Paper for South Umpqua Rural Community Partnership (SURCP). September 18, 2015 (revised March 15, 2016).
Wilson, Kelpie (2014). How Biochar Works in Soil. the Biochar Journal, Arbaz, Switzerland. ISSN 2297-1114, http://www.biochar-journal.org/en/ct/32-How-biochar-works-in-soil, Version of 31st October 2014
Scholz, S. B., Sembres, T., Roberts, K., Whitman, T., Wilson, K., & Lehmann, J. (2014). Biochar Systems for Smallholders in Developing Countries: Leveraging Current Knowledge and Exploring Future Potential for Climate-Smart Agriculture. World Bank Publications.
Umpqua Biochar Education Team (UBET) I worked with UBET on a Conservation Innovation Grant from the USDA-NRCS. We helped small farmers learn how to make biochar and use it to manage manure and make premium compost. Visit the UBET site to see the biochar practice guidelines we produced.