Our youngest presenter, Meghana Rao, age 17, already has quite an impressive resume. Meghana hails from Portland Oregon and was introduced to the world of biochar more than three years ago by Tom Miles and John Meidema, both of whom are also presenting at the Symposium. Based on winning the Young Naturalist Award when she was a sophomore in high school, Meghana was asked to go to the White House earlier this year with about 100 other winners of various prestigious science awards.
For the past nine months or so, I’ve had the privilege of serving on the Planning Committee for the 2013 North American Biochar Symposium at UMass Amherst along with many other dedicated volunteers. The workshops or sessions have been sliced into four different tracks: Feedstock & Production; Benefits & Uses; Policy & Community and Sales, Scale & Marketing. I nabbed the B&U track as this is where my particular interest lies within the whole biochar realm.