Come to the Symposium, October 13-16, 2013

This symposium is designed for farmers, foresters, researchers, policy makers, biochar producers and entrepreneurs, and especially students and citizens who want to learn about biochar as an alternative to fossil fuel-based fertilizers/pesticides and energy.

Check out the conference schedule: SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULE 

Why should you attend this biochar symposium?

Here are just a few reasons (adapted in part from Albert Bates book, The Biochar Solution)

  1. Because you understand your dependence upon agriculture and want to better understand how biochar benefits soil by stimulating microbial activity, attracting fungi and distributing nutrients to the roots of plants, much as a coral reef supports the ocean. You'll also want to know how the micropores in biochar provides a "reservoir and conduit for soil moisture, soaking up water from over-saturated areas and giving it back to dry areas"
  2. Because you care about sustainable agriculture and want to learn from others addressing the complex challenges of preserving ecosystem services, enhancing soil fertility, increasing water absorption while decreasing the amount needed, employing human and animal labor, as well as sequestering carbon.
  3. Because you worry about the complicated and unsustainable use of fossil fuels and want to explore energy alternatives. You want to see solutions that successfully address a rigorous life cycle analysis with full disclosure and transparency.
  4. Because you want to know that there is a hopeful answer to the climate issues we are facing globally; and because you understand that community education and engagement is the most hopeful solution for individual and collective changes that can sustain and support life on this planet.
  5. AND, importantly, because you want to support the people researching biochar and operating businesses that are producing and distributing biochar so that all of the above can continue to develop and succeed.

History is littered with the bones of civilizations that turned rich soils into deserts, cut down tall forests, and dried up or fouled their precious sources of fresh water. To prepare ourselves for the changes now coming quickly our way, we should not be following the examples of those who persisted in folly until they exhausted their wealth, but rather the examples of those who recognized in fertile soil and biodiversity the best means by which to weather hard times.”


Our Pledges

We are attempting to serve the first ever CARBON NEGATIVE banquet - A "Biochar Banquet" of food items grown in biochar amended soil or foods/beverages that, in the course of production, provide feedstocks that can be made into biochar. Check out this Biochar Banquet link for details. We also are offering a few student and farmer scholarships. It is time for serious soil and climate leadership and action!

Add Your Ideas

If you have ideas or suggestions about what you would like to present, or how to make this conference especially fabulous, please send them to Karen Ribeiro: Karen[at]pvbiochar[dot]org