Biochar for Farmers Workshop: Sunday October 13th 1 - 4pm


Building soil fertility and resiliency is increasingly challenging and costly.  Attending this workshop will help you understand what biochar is and how it can be used to improve soil, while mitigating potential environmental impacts caused by agriculture.  Agronomists from Cornell and key biochar industry practitioners will facilitate an interactive ‘Biochar for Farmers’ workshop where you will learn how biochar is made and used, how soil can benefit from biochar, and get answers to any questions you might have about biochar. 

Rachel Hestrin is one of the Cornell researchers that will be teaching at the Workshop.  Rachel is a PhD student and will also be presenting her findings on compost-biochar interactions at the Symposium.  Rachel presented similar information at the 2012 Young Farmers Conference at Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture.  She feels that it is important to understand the differences between various types of biochar and consider the context within which each biochar is produced and used.  Before coming to Cornell, Rachel spent 4 years working on farms in Michigan, Massachusetts, New York, and Maine.

Earlier this year Rachel was part of a team of Cornell students who won the highly competitive EPA People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) award for her project on: Pyrolytic Cook Stoves and Biochar Production in Kenya: A Whole Systems Approach to Sustainable Energy, Environmental Health, and Human Prosperity.  Further details can be found here:

All attendees will receive a free 5 pound bag of biochar to start trials at home!