We provide biochar for Thompson's Tendring Fruit model orchard investigations. This is a long term study to determine a truly sustainable model for commercial apple production. The second phase of this exciting project started in spring. Really looking forward to seeing some preliminary findings!
Take a look at this beautiful Kinfolk home sprouting guide: http://www.kinfolk.com/home-sprouting/
Did you know?
The 2010 & 2011 Illinois state records for giant pumpkin growing were grown on biochar by Jeff (1156 lbs!).
“Improving crop yields and restoring soil fertility through judicious application of nutrients from chemical fertilizers, green manure, compost, amendments (e.g. biochar), ash, farmyard manure or a combination (together with integrated pest management and soil moisture conservation) is a main component of sound SOC management.”
Managing soil carbon for global benefits, GEF, August 2013.
"If there's one thing us gardeners like to do, it's increase our yields and, if Dr. Cécile Girardin's got anything to do with it, we'll not only be that but playing our part in reducing greenhouse gases too..." read this article.
Kitchen Garden, April 2012
The Big Biochar Experiment on International Biochar Initiative.
"The Big Biochar Experiment is a UK-wide initiative and is the largest study on the use of biochar on British allotments to date. The Experiment aims to gather data to assess the effects of biochar on plant productivity and soil health of widely used fruit and vegetable varieties in the UK. The team is comprised of members of Oxford Biochar Ltd, Earthwatch, the Environmental Change Institute (Oxford University), and the UK Biochar Research Centre. Project partner Dr. Dan Bebber of Earthwatch said, “Biochar holds great potential for addressing some of our greatest challenges, including climate change and food security. This novel experiment will provide important insights on biochar's applicability to the UK farming industry, and allow people to get involved in real science.""
In the news: Oxford Times runs a piece on biochar.
Biochar is obviousely not the only answer to climate change, but as it can restore soil fertility, reduce the use of syntetic fertilisers and potentially store carbon into the soil it is one of the solutions. Most importantly, we need to ensure the sustainable commercialisation of biochar at this early stage.