As we discussed in our last post on Biochar, this product has amazing potential for solving many of the environmental problems we face. We found this nice summary posted by Biochar Supreme (http://www.biocharsupreme.com/) and when we read through this we wonder, “Is this product for real?” Turns out, “Yes!”
A few questions remain… 1) Is there a difference in biochar quality? 2) Where do we get the “good” stuff? and 3) How do we work it into our customers’ properties on a grand scale?
#1: Yes, there is a difference in biochar quality. The goal is to burn your cellulose product (wood, canes, stems, etc.) at high temperatures to remove the oils, saps and water but don’t burn it so long that you ruin the plants cell structure. If you do you end up with ash and not biochar. It is very easy to go from a high quality 80% biochar with 20% ash to a 90% ash product with only 10% biochar remaining. It takes a great deal of control to do it right.
#2: Where to we get the “good” stuff?” Fortunately we have found one of the finest biochar products on the market, Black Owl Biochar by Biochar Supreme (http://www.biocharsupreme.com/products/). In our Tacoma, Washington area we are lucky because Sound Rock Products (http://soundrockproducts.com/) will be stocking the material for both retail and bulk purchases.
#3: How do we work biochar into our customers’ properties on a grand scale? Chris Kachman (pictured right) of Sound Rock Products has the ability to blend for us a mixture of compost, biochar and minerals. Earthdance Organics will then inoculate this bulk product with our FertileTea to add the necessary biological life. We can then take the bulk, supercharged product and either top dress our customers’ lawns after a core aeration or work it directly into the soils if it is a new landscape project.