Biochar is very similar to charcoal and when added to the soil, the properties of Biochar results in an increase in crop yield. As used by the ancient South American civilizations to increase the fertility of the land, we can also use this natural substance to increase land yield today. Further, there is evidence that the use of biochar will also remove carbon from the atmosphere.
By making biochar from brush and other hard to compost organic material, you can improve the soil — it enhances nutrient availability and also enables soil to retain more water.
An excellent introduction to the Biochar topic
Biochar: Putting The Carbon Genie Back in the Bottle Rob Lerner is a biologist, environmentalist, an entrepreneur, and a veteran of several start-ups.
An excellent TED Talk on Biochar
Wae Nelson was employed as a mechanical engineer in the aerospace and defense industries for many years, working both as a designer and as a manager in manufacturing. Now he publishes the magazine beloved by local gardeners, Florida Gardening, and pursues his passion for biochar — a diy, scalable technique to both improve horticultural yields and sequester carbon simultaneously.
Biochar is a new word for a very old concept (see history for more on that topic). There is some confusion about whether biochar is the same thing as charcoal or activated carbon (also called activated charcoal) so I've created the Carbon Family Tree to try to explain some of the differences.
FAQs; Environmental Benefits of Biochar; Biochar and Climate; Carbon Accounting; Biochar Is a Valuable Soil Amendment. Biochar is a solid material obtained from organic material.
Very Useful FAQ's on Biochar
The Wakefield Biochar Soil Conditioner is certified by the USDA and is 100 percent biochar. Use biochar to improve the soil and establish more nutrients in the soil.
I have personally used this, but until harvest time, I won't know how it did.
Let your fireplace go green tonight and enjoy the warmth like never before. The BioCharlie is a biochar making metal log that fits into your fireplace
If you want to try making Biochar at home.